It's been a big week for Menangle band The Rubens.
On Tuesday it was announced the band's song Live in Life was nominated for the fan-voted ARIA Song of the Year award, while Friday saw the announcement of a brand new album.
Pianist Elliott Margin told the Advertiser it was "very sweet" to be nominated for an ARIA this year.
"It's very cool, unexpected and very nice," he said.
"We were nominated years ago now, on our first record, but this is the first one in a while and it's a really nice surprise."
Ten songs were selected for the category by ARIA voters, and it is now up to the public to choose their favourite.
The other nominees are:
- Teeth - Five Seconds of Summer
- Rushing Back - Flume feat. Vera Blue
- Exit Sign - Hilltop Hoods feat Elly and Ecca Vandal
- Robbery - Lime Cordiale
- Charlie - Mallrat
- Painkiller - Ruel
- This City - Sam Fischer
- Heavy Hearted - Jungle Giants
- Never Seen the Rain - Tones and I
Margin said it was an honour to be listed among the other talented Aussie artists.
"It's a massive honour," he said.
"When we got the email saying we'd been nominated and looked at the list, it was a very cool list to be a part of.
"Some of our favourite artists and freinds are there."
The former Macarthur Anglican School student said it was fantastic that fellow Macarthur product Travis Collins had also received a nomination this year, and it was a great reflection on the region's talent.
"Good for him, that's mad," he said of Collins' nomination.
"I think when people hear that we're from that area, people often seem to be surprised.
"I hope in future it's not such a surprise that a musician or artist comes from Camden or the Macarthur area.
"If music is your thing and you love it you should go for it, you don't have to be a city-dweller."
Margin said the band didn't expect their nominated song to be so popular.
"Honestly, we don't know what exactly it is about the song that people connect with," he said.
"We put out the track almost as a tiding over between records. We didn't think it would be a part of the next record which we've just announced. We didn't know what songs would be a part of it, and we just put this one out there.
"But once people really started connecting with it, we figured it obviously had to be part of this new body of work.
"People like it, so we'll continue down this vein and this direction."
Margin said the band had written almost their whole album upcoming album 0202 in 2019, with a couple of songs written at the start of this year.
He said they managed to record almost everything before Covid lockdowns set it.
"We've been working on it for a long time behind the scenes," he said.
"When you work on a record you have to keep all these secrets about it, not let anything up, but now that it's announced we finally get to say 'here we are, here's this thing we've been working on'.
"The way we've worked hasn't really been affected by Covid. We only work within the band in a studio, not in a big group, and we've been self-producing with Will, our bassist, who's got a studio in Camden."
Margin said he hopes he and the band will be able to attend the ARIAs in person, if Covid restrictions allow.
The awards will be held next month.
The Rubens' new album 0202 will be released on February 12.