Folk-rock outfit Reuben and the Dark shares uplifting new track “YES”

Credit: Sheva Kafai
“…there is no shortage of drama and dynamics to be found on un/love, particularly on anguished anthems such as Faultline and Weightlessness.” – Calgary Herald
“…it’s about opening up new spaces for emotions and letting those run free as a form of therapy — about the intersection of audience and music as liberation.“ – BeatRoute
“Compelling and evocative” – Exclaim!
“Bright Eyes meets Mumford & Sons” – American Songwriter
“Earnest, anthemic” – WXPN
February 26, 2021 — Today, Reuben and the Dark shares the new track, “YES,” which came from a desire to put something positive into the world. “I thought I would be writing more songs about despair…,” says Reuben and the Dark frontman Reuben Bullock, “but we don’t need anymore hopelessness right now.”
The new single represents a departure both in sound and philosophy for Reuben, whose pastoral highway rock balladry has earned comparisons to Mumford and Sons and The War On Drugs, and found homes in an array of TV/Film including the Breaking Bad Movie, Grey’s Anatomy, and more. The affirmative vibe of the song floats on a bed of spacious melody, matching the emotional heights of Reuben’s folk-rock epics but balanced by alt-pop sensibilities and triumphant call-and-response vocals.
Reuben and the Dark is the spirited folk-rock outfit led by Canadian singer-songwriter Reuben Bullock, whose music blends introspective lyrics with soaring instrumentals. Anyone who has seen Reuben and the Dark perform knows that the bandmates share a palpable bond onstage, creating a heedless energy that reverberates with the audience. Now perhaps more than ever, even though they can’t perform for live audiences, the band hopes their music can bring a feeling of togetherness to fans.
Known for vulnerability, and penchant for creating uplifting cinematic intensity in their songs, Reuben and the Dark have been featured in a variety of television shows and movies. Most recently, a cover of R.E.M.’s “Shiny Happy People” set the stage for a very critical moment of Grey’s Anatomy. Earlier this year, their song “Hold Your Head High” was included in the new CBS dramedy All Rise, the track “Black Water” was featured in the long-anticipated trailer for Netflix’s El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie, and Bullock lent his voice to the trailer for Dolittle with a rendition of the classic “What A Wonderful World”.
“YES” artwork