Rubikon, the rock band with Boston-area roots, returns with their first new album in four years. The Record, out September 20, 2019 on Round Hill Records, brings the band back to the basics, delivering a slew of swampy, hard rocking songs with hook-heavy vocal melodies such as “Blood on My Hands,” their first single. The song is approaching Top 40 at Active Rock radio (currently at 44 with a bullet) and is set to be featured nationally on Sirius Octane’s test drive on release day. Loudwire included the track in their Spotify “Weekly Wire Playlist” and ABC News Radio premiered the video – watch it:
Billboard Magazine says Rubikon’s “…blend of swagger with Southern flavor is fully realized on the first single, hard-rock ear worm ‘Blood on My Hands’…The Record contains a number of standout songs like ‘Burn Down the Farm,’ the metallic stomper ‘Fools,’ and ‘Lost September,’ which Billboard is premiering today.” – watch it HERE. The quirky and fun video concept is based on lead singer, Jae Sims, not being a fan of Led Zeppelin. “A hitman has been hired to kill me but at every opportunity he has to carry it out, he finds himself conflicted as I am constantly using merchandise from his favorite band, Led Zeppelin,” says Sims about the video. “Funny thing though, we couldn’t actually use Led Zeppelin merchandise due to licensing, but we could use the merchandise of a Zeppelin tribute band – Zed Leppelin.”
The Record follows up the success of Delta (2015) , which spawned the Top 40 Active Rock single “Live That Lie,” and brought numerous song placements on shows such as Shameless. The songs on The Record expand on their signature sound. They are tighter and hit harder; there’s a wider dynamic range and a more experimental approach in bringing in a variety of instruments such as pedal-steel guitar, baritone saxophone, and even banjo and mandolin.
Listeners will also find a classic rock leaning, almost Americana side of the band on songs such as the pedal-steel laced “Devil’s Footsteps.” Pure Grain Audio premiered the video – watch it HERE and the song was featured in Loudwire’s Spotify “Weekly Wire Playlist.” It showcases a mellower side of their songwriting. All of the songs on The Record weave stories that meld together to create an intense musical mixture of hard rock riffs, rootsy rhythms, and soaring melodic vocals.
For the recording process, the band assembled at Sienna Studios in Nashville (formerly Quad Studios where they recorded Delta), working with engineer-mixer Tim Brennan (Steven Tyler, Jason Aldean, Kenny Chesney, Gretchen Wilson). The Record features the usual Rubikon suspects – Jae Sims (vocals), Josh Gruss (guitars), Dave Raymond (guitars), Hugh Eaton (bass), and Doug Arsham (drums and vocals) – but also includes guest spots from Elisha Hoffman (mandolin, banjo, acoustic guitar), Drew Belk (pedal steel), and Randy Leago (saxophone). The album was recorded live (the band admits to a handful of overdubs) and was mastered by Alex McCollough (Robert Plant, John Prine, Amanda Shires).
The Record finds Rubikon in a more experimental place, but the constant elements remain the same: five friends who love making music together, playing for their fans, and having a great time doing it. As singer Jae Sims notes, “Rock n’ roll never dies. We want to restore a little organic humanity back into music. No frills, just rock. No genres, just good songs.” Fans will have a chance to see Rubikon this September with Candlebox on select dates throughout the Northeast including Providence, RI, Hampton Beach, NH, Portland, ME, and Laconia, NH (tour dates listed below).
TOUR DATES (With Candlebox):
9/25 in Providence, RI @ Strand Theatre
9/26 in Hampton Beach, NH @ Hampton Beach Casino Ballroom
9/27 in Portland, ME @ Aura
9/28 in Laconia, NH @ Granite State Music Hall