The Rubens

Barboza Presents

The Rubens

Little Wins

Friday 4/5

7:00 pm

This event is 21 and over

The Rubens
2018 was The Rubens’ biggest year to date undertaking a mammoth worldwide headline tour across the US, UK, Europe, Australia and New Zealand, releasing their third album LO LA RU in June, and most recently supporting P!NK on 42 of her ‘Beautiful Trauma’ tour dates.

LO LA RU, which debuted at #3 on the Australian album charts, was produced by Wilder Zoby & Little Shalimar (Run The Jewels 3) and recorded in a converted WWII bunker in their hometown. Picking up from where their triple j Hottest 100-topping single ‘Hoops’ left off, the new record pushes the band’s sound into new territory featuring exuberant party jam ‘Million Man’, crowd favorite ‘God Forgot’ and album standout, ‘Never Ever (ft. Sarah Aarons)’ – a powerful duet that is winning hearts of music fans across the world and racking up 20 million streams so far…

The lads are now gearing up for a return to the US & Canada in 2019 where they’ll be performing their new album alongside classics such as ‘Hoops’, ‘My Gun’, ‘Lay It Down’ + more.
Little Wins
All things come to their logical conclusion. This is the path that lead songwriter and multi-instrumentalist-turned-producer, Andrew Vait, to Little Wins.
Vait’s Seattle-based powerhouse duo, SISTERS, was formed in 2014 and has enjoyed a four-year run of small victories: opening for Allen Stone at Chateau Ste Michelle within their first four live shows; appearing on the main stages of Sasquatch! Music Festival, Capitol Hill Block Party and NYC Pride; their song, “Buck”, was placed in a national Toyota ad campaign, and they are now signed to Tender Loving Empire - a boutique record label in Portland, OR.
After SISTERS’ first tour of Europe concluded in late 2017, Vait discovered that a surplus of emotions from world travel (and subsequently returning to the American hotbed of dispiriting political affairs) produced a proportionate surplus of creativity, and, being a student of social justice, Vait began writing songs with a new narrative. Where “joy as an act of revolutionary defiance in the face of oppression” defines SISTERS, with Little Wins, Vait is now carefully considering his complicity in systems of oppression as a white male in the music industry, and he is retracing his own family lines, which includes battles with clinical depression and addiction. Taking major influence from POC artists; namely, Solange, SZA, Chance The Rapper, and Janelle Monáe, Vait seeks to honor and pay tribute to the black artists who have shaped modern music and culture. He stands fittingly among other white artists who have followed in similar footsteps - Francis and the Lights, Bon Iver, James Blake, Steve Winwood, Peter Gabriel, to name a few.
After writing the bedrock of songs that would become the first Little Wins singles, Vait shared a handful of demos with his friend, guitarist/producer Nate Mercereau (Jay-Z, Leon Bridges, John Legend). Mercereau persuaded Vait to explore additional production elements and encouraged him to finish the recordings on his own. Armed with a MacBook Air, a MIDI controller, and a Shure SM7b, Vait, who plays guitar, piano, saxophone, flute, clarinet, and drums, and has extensive experience with analog synthesizers, turned Garageband (his DAW at the time) inside-out and produced his first two singles. He brought the tracks to engineer/producer Andy Park (Pedro The Lion, Ciara, Noah Gundersen), and together, they finished the mixes.
The lead single, Let Me Into Your Heart, is about recognizing and facing fear; struggling to find a home and a voice while celebrating some of life’s little wins. It was premiered by KEXP on September 12th, 2018.
Never one to rest on his laurels, in 2019 Vait will continue to nurture SISTERS’ steady rise in popularity with bandmate, Emily Westman, along with releasing new music on his own as Little Wins.
Venue Information:
925 E. Pike St.
Seattle, WA, 98122