You may not be familiar with Ilan Rubin’s name, but you’re undoubtedly familiar with some of his work. In the past decade Rubin has drummed for some of the biggest bands in rock music, such as lostprophets, Fenix TX, Angels & Airwaves (fronted by former Blink-182 guitarist Tom Delonge), Paramore, and even Nine Inch Nails.
As impressive as that resume is it still wasn’t enough to satisfy Rubin’s thirst for artistic expression, so he started The New Regime as a side project in 2007, giving him a chance to step out from behind the drum kit and take center stage. Although it’s taken a while for him to be able to devote his full attention to the project it seems the wait has been worth it and Indianapolis fans were treated to a solid set from The New Regime when they opened up for Failure at Indy CD & Vinyl’s free show at The Vogue.
Despite there only being three members, the band’s sound was incredibly robust, allowing Rubin to go off on extended guitar solos during most of the songs the band played. The New Regime manages to take the best elements of a jam band and merge it with the sound and attitude of a rock band, making for a unique listening experience that feels all at once totally unique and yet very familiar.
Even early on in the set it was clear the band was locked in and in tune with one another- they didn’t need any time to find their stride, but were firing on all cylinders from the very first note. Many times throughout the night Rubin and his drummer would lock eyes,
With 2015’s release of Exhibit B it seems The New Regime has reached a point of total confidence with their sound and are starting to explore the intricacies and hidden niches within that sound.
Although Rubin is wrapping up his current tour with Failure, he’s slated to spend late September through the end of October making his way across the country with punk band Gang of Four- a lineup that you definitely won’t want to miss.
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