The Rubens

Early Show

The Rubens

Modern Merchant

Mon, March 11, 2013

Doors: 6:30 pm

Mercury Lounge

New York, NY

This event is 21 and over

The Rubens - (Set time: 7:30 PM)
The Rubens
Although they’ve only been together since 2011, The Rubens have already won over a legion of fans with their rich, soulful take on blues rock. In a few short months they’ve erupted from bedroom-recording obscurity to sharing the main stage with the likes of Jack White and Bloc Party on one of Australia’s biggest music festivals: Splendour in the Grass. They also opened for The Black Keys in New Zealand and have just been selected to support Bruce Springsteen during his tour of Australia this March.

The Rubens consists of three brothers and a childhood friend who hail from Menangle, a small town south of Sydney, who decided to form a band that might one day become the biggest band not only in their native land but in the world. The four band members would mix their love of rock, blues and soul with an emphasis on song craft. Their collective goal would be to become classic songwriters and confident performers that would leave their stain on the world of alternative rock music for all time. A burning work ethic and sheer determination would result in their debut single, “My Gun,” rocketing to the top of the Australian pop charts with an album to follow, both attaining certified Gold sales status at home.



There’s an uncanny chemistry resonating with the discipline of siblings who play music together all the time; this may be why The Rubens sound more seasoned than most new bands. Add producer David Kahne (Paul McCartney, The Strokes, Regina Spektor, etc.) to the equation and songs like “Lay It Down” have an identifiable style that comes from more than the band’s will to succeed. There seems to be no limit to what possibilities lay ahead for The Rubens in the foreseeable future. For now, they have the rest of the world within sights.
Modern Merchant - (Set time: 6:30 PM)
Modern Merchant
Modern Merchant is a four piece psychedelic dream-rock band, half based out of New Haven, CT and half Brooklyn, NY. The haunting melodies, layered harmonies and swift dynamic shifts will leave you a bit dazed and glassy-eyed.

Their three song EP “arrival by sea” features drummer Sydney Weiss and guitarist John Parson. The full band now includes instrumentalist Jesse Stanford (Heirlooms) and bassist Mike Skaggs (Sidewalk Dave).
Mp3s: http://modernmerchant.bandcamp.com
Venue Information:
Mercury Lounge
217 E Houston St.
New York, NY, 10002
http://mercuryloungenyc.com