The Rubens will play to hundreds of fans at The Spotted Cow this weekend.
The Rubens will play to hundreds of fans at The Spotted Cow this weekend.

The Rubens set to raise the roof in Toowoomba this weekend

GIGGING in a Second World War bunker might sound odd to some but for The Rubens, the space near their hometown of Menangle has been the perfect spot to write and rehearse.

The unusual space is obviously working for the band, which has become a national sensation following the release of their self-titled debut album last year.

Having just returned from a back-to-back tour of Europe and America, back-up vocalist and keys player Elliott Margin said it was good to be on home soil.

"It was pretty much just go go go," he said.

"In America it was mostly doing lots of promo and shaking hands and just networking the whole time.

"We were the tour support for Walk the Moon in the UK and Europe and it was cool to tour where no one knows where you are. It was like starting over again."

That's not something The Rubens need to worry about back home, selling out shows in Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne and here in Toowoomba, on their national Never Be The Same tour.

"It's great to be able to sell out a venue bigger than you've ever played before," Elliott said.

"The big shows are always exciting. The first time we played The Forum (in Melbourne) was really exciting.

"But the others that are smaller, you don't expect it to be as good a feeling as the big shows, but most of the time it can be a lot more intimate and the crowds can be crazier."

Between rehearsals, playing Triple J's One Night Stand and recently supporting Bruce Springsteen, the boys have also been working on new material for their next album, set to be released later this year.

"After this tour we have a couple of festivals in America to play, so there'll be a lot of going back and forth before the album in September," Elliott said.

Their "small" show in Toowoomba will include 500 fans packing out The Spotted Cow this Saturday night.

For other tour dates around the country, visit www.therubensmusic.com