InStyle: Can you explain the title of your new album Lo La Ru?
SM: Lo La Ru is basically a name we came up with for a fictitious 'nation' representing the freedom we had when writing and recording this album. Kinda sounds like a tropical island in the pacific or something. The album art is our flag.
InStyle: You’re touring with Pink! How does it feel knowing the pop icon is a fan of your work? And how did this all come about?
SM: It's pretty crazy to know that Pink chose us. We heard a while back that it was a possibility but didn't want to take it too seriously and get our hopes up. We were so excited and surprised when we found out it was happening. 40 something shows. Insane!
InStyle: Are you expecting a different experience to your usual gigs playing to stadiums of Pink fans? If so, how will it be different, and are you changing anything up?
SM: We've played to big crowds before but this will be totally different. I think we will become more and more comfortable in front of that many people and my hope is that we can still somehow make it feel intimate and special.
InStyle: You grew up in the era of 90s and two-thousands pop/punk. What musical influences from that era helped shape your sound, or inspired you as artists?
SM: I'm really into that era of Pop and RnB. Lauren Hill and Erykah Badu etc. We're also inspired by bands like The Dandy Warhols and Brian Jonestown Massacre.
InStyle: Your latest single Never Ever with Sarah Aarons is a different sound for The Rubens. What’s the story of that collaboration?
SM: We'd never considered doing a collaboration with anyone before and weren't planning on writing a Rubens song when we went in for that session with Sarah. We just thought we'd go in and write a song for another artist and be done with it. When we sent the demo to our label and management they flipped out and said it had to be on the album. Sarah's voice is so perfect for the song and her performance was so great that we actually used her original vocal on the finished track.
InStyle: Three of you in the band are siblings. What’s it really like working and touring with your brothers? Talk us through the good and the bad…
SM: Its all i know. I think we are very lucky that we actually like each other. Were also lucky to have Will and Scott in the band to bring the vibe back. It would be very boring if it was just us 3 bros!
InStyle: What are uour touring essentials; what do you like to have in your greenroom?
SM: "Bose Noise Cancelling headphones, Face wipes, phone charger battery, slides and beers."