In mid-2004 Rubicon went through a radical change in line-up when Gene Bennett and Jon Corker resigned from the band. Rubicon is now Paul Reid guitar/vocals, Scott Zant bass/vocals and Frank Zumo drums.
Gene and Jon resigned in an e-mail to PAUL REID (who is living in Los Angeles), writing . . . "the different directions we have all grown in, no longer share that common thread."
The new Rubicon have recorded the second Rubicon album entitled "The Way It Was Meant To Be" in Hollywood, California, under the guidance of Bruce Witkin, who has worked with the Foo Fighters and Steriogram. Paul Reid along with New York born Scott Zant, played all the instruments and sang the vocals on the album. Frank Zumo also hailing from NY has joined the group on drums. Now based in LA, Rubicon will tour California in December.
PAUL REID moved to Los Angeles earlier in 2004 to scope out the scene for RUBICON. Reid was expected to return to Auckland mid year to record demos for the second RUBICON album, but in response to his fellow band members leaving, Reid chose to stay in Los Angeles and record, enlisting Los Angeles musicians as needed.
"I'm a great believer that everything happens for a reason and this is just an evolution process for Rubicon as it is for us as individuals," says Reid. "Being In Los Angeles has reinvigorated my desire to play music, write songs and enjoy life."
RUBICON gained strong industry interest from their showcase at the Viper Room in July 2003 and Los Angeles seemed to be the logical place to base the band in the future. The bands record label Wildside Records has sought to develop the bands career in the USA, based on the enthusiastic response to the band's performance at the Viper Room showcase and a successful USA radio campaign late last year which saw RUBICON reach No.8 on the Radio & Record magazine "Alternative Top 20 Specialty Artists" chart.
After the release of RUBICON's debut album Primary in 2002, the band did one demo recording session together and PAUL REID also did demo sessions on his own in New Zealand and another session, soon after he arrived in Los Angeles.
Before founding RUBICON, Paul drummed in Christchurch band LOVES UGLY CHILDREN and in the first year of RUBICON, Paul also drummed in D4 and ska band THE MANAGERS.
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