On July 14th 2017, almost 10 years after it was originally released, Reuben will reissue their 3rd and final album ‘In Nothing We Trust’ through Big Scary Monsters (BSM) as a very limited vinyl run, as well as digitally across streaming and purchase platforms (for the very first time).
Often cited by fans of the band as a true lost classic, and originally released on the bands own Hideous Records label, it is currently unavailable on vinyl or digitally anywhere, hence this 10th anniversary, celebratory reissue.
Reuben front-man and now solo star in his own right, Jamie Lenman explains a bit more about the album: “It’s my favourite of the records we did as a band, and I think it’s also objectively the best. It was difficult and painful to write and to record but I think the result is something that has a real emotional depth. I have a feeling that perhaps we knew somehow that it was going to be the last one, and we put everything we had into it. Sean (Genockey) was the perfect producer for us – he and his engineer Jack really understood the band, our sense of humour and the sound we were looking for. I’m thrilled that people still care enough to still be listening to it, particularly as it’s been unavailable for so long. It’s probably my proudest moment.”
“In the end we were so pleased with the record it gave us another burst of energy and we were able to get out and tour it, which was great. All our favourite bands had done just three records and then stopped, and bands that go past that inevitably go stale. I felt certainly that In Nothing We Trust was our definitive statement and I was comfortable that that was what people would remember us for. I think if we’d stopped after the second one, people would have remembered us as the funny band with the moustaches and the dancing in the videos, but when the third one came out I think people finally got it. People finally started to take us a bit seriously.”
Kevin Douch from BSM on signing Lenman and working with Reuben on this reissue: “We’re hugely honoured to be working with the songwriting genius that is Jamie Lenman on his new solo music and it’s a wonderful bonus to be involved in this too, a long overdue re-release of Reuben’s third album. A brilliant record and arguably the bands finest work, it’s fondly remembered by many but I’m most excited for all those who get to hear this for the first time now. As relevant, edgy and exciting as it was 10 years ago”
A little bit about Reuben:
Jon Pearce and Jamie Lenman met through their guitar teacher and played in a series of bands from their early teens until finally teaming up with Mark Lawton, a drummer from the school they all attended, to form Reuben. They played as many shows as they could and recorded an EP, ‘Pilot’, in 2001, which was released to good notices on a local indie label. After a long touring and writing period with new drummer Guy Davis, the trio released a string of indie singles which took MTV and Radio 1 by storm, and eventually inked a deal with Xtra Mile.
The band built up a loyal following with their explosive live shows and innovative videos and after a long gestation their debut ‘Racecar Is Racecar Backwards’ was released in 2004. This was followed in 2005 by ‘Very Fast Very Dangerous’, in amidst tours with scene buddies Biffy Clyro, Hundred Reasons and Fightstar. After a stint in Europe with heroes Billy Talent they set up their own label to release their DVD movie ‘What Happens in Aldershot Stays In Aldershot ‘, before heading in to the studio to record their third and final album. ‘In Nothing We Trust’ was released in 2007 to critical acclaim and was marked by a triumphant main stage set at Download. The band, always honest about the double jobs they had to work to keep the music going, embarked on a few final tours to support the record and imploded from exhaustion in 2008.
Since the split the band’s appeal and reputation has grown, and a 2009 compilation of b sides and rarities, as well as anniversary editions of their first two albums, have been well received. The question of a reunion is forever bandied about but shows no sign of becoming reality – Pearce and Davis are now performing in rock supergroup Freeze The Atlantic, and after a long break from music, Lenman is now releasing records and touring under his own name.