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Last year The Rubens spoke at the NSW Parliamentary Enquiry regarding the state of live music in NSW, conveying passionately the importance of small venues and the ecosystem they exist in, and how critical this is in developing careers in music. When The Rubens first started playing shows, it was instrumental.
As a reactionary measure, they decided they needed to do their bit to help grassroots music:
Welcome Chucka Buckas, a brand that The Rubens have established to do just that; support new and emerging bands. Since November last year, the band have been running monthly nights at The Botany View Hotel and today they announce the inaugural Chucka Bucka’s Regional Tour. The concept behind this tour is to take emerging artists on the road into new and more remote markets, to help raise their profile and also to build touring circuits in regional hubs across the country for music fan sand new audiences. The Rubens welcome two of their most loved emerging bands, Milan Ring and Shady Nasty to do 9 dates across New South Wales in July & August.
Milan Ring is a singer, rapper, guitarist, producer from Sydney. This one woman powerhouse is effervescent and indestructible in her live show - stepping out solo, creating loops, dropping beats, triggering samples all whilst effortlessly leading with her guitar, and engaging us with her honest and unique vocals.
Shady Nasty are an alumni act from the monthly nights, who are building some serious groundswell on the local music scene with their raucous live show, and inimitable style.Latest release Get Buff has been widely praised and the band have also been confirmed on the first announcement of Bigsound 2019.
2019 has been another big year for the Menangle five piece,who released their MTV Unplugged show last month and completed an exhaustive North American Tour in April. The smash single ‘Never Ever (feat. Sarah)’ is now ARIA certified double platinum and won Best Rock song at the 2019 APRA AWARDS