THE Rubens are set to head down to Bendigo next week as part of the band's national Live in Life tour.
The performance, at Ulumbarra Theatre on Thursday, celebrates the Australian alternative rock band's fourth album 0202.
After the tour was cancelled twice due to COVID-19, front man Sam Margin is excited to play music again in front of a crowd.
"We are super excited to come to Bendigo, regional Victoria is always fun to play in," he said.
"It's a surreal feeling. We weren't sure what we were going to do with the album and we had it pretty much ready at the end of 2020 but we thought we might hold off a bit and see what 2021 looks like.
"I was still sceptical that this tour wasn't going to go ahead at the back of my head but it's happening and everyone in the band and our crew is psyched to be touring again."
Margin said the band loved touring regional Victoria.
"Sometimes you have to do a major city tour and then afterwards do a purely regional tour but my favourite thing is to do it all in one go," he said.
"It's great to hit a major city and then drive out and visit smaller regional towns ... also getting in the car and driving to a town and stopping at a country pub along the way is great.
"We get to these places and people are always super happy that we made the effort to visit and we play the show and it absolutely goes off.
"We have done so many regional shows across the past decade and not one of those have been a dud."
Margin said 0202 was a forward-thinking album for a backward 2020.
"When our bass player Will jokingly suggested we call the record 0202, y'know '2020 the backwards year', we all laughed," he said.
"Luckily we were able to finish the album in the first few months of 2020 and it was the first time that we have actually self-produced an album.
We get to these places and people are always super happy that we made the effort to visit and we play the show and it absolutely goes off.Front-man Sam Margin
"We had the best time making it and we never felt stressed or tired and we just worked when we wanted to work and took time off when we wanted to and it was just a nice time."
The Rubens will play at Ulumbarra Theatre with supporting artists Mia Wray and Alice Ivy on April 15. Margin said people could buy tickets here.
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