People often ask the members of Beatle’s tribute act Rubber Soul if they hail from Liverpool.
“We do all the banter,” “We want to take them on a magical mystery tour.”
“We always got told ‘gee you guys sound very Beatlesque’,”
“We’ve got that kind chemistry that you just can’t get from some guys you advertise for in the paper.
“It’s gone much further and been much more fun and successful than we ever dreamed.”
In 2015 they were on board the Centenary of Anzac Day cruise alongside Daryl Braithwaite, Ross Wilson, Kate Ceberano and John Williamson.
They belt out songs the Beatles rarely sang live, including Penny Lane and I am the Walrus, to the joy of fans who saw the originals.
“I think I’ve met every single person who saw them in Festival Hall (in Melbourne in 1964) there’s been that many,”
Warracknabeal Herald, quotes from the article..
It was like listening to a Beatles CD, they were that good
People danced all night from the first song
And the deafening demand for encores at the end was just amazing
Albury Wodonga News Weekly, quotes from the article ..
Cover group Rubber Soul have been invited to the festival each year since its inception in 2009.
“I think the band is still popular because they were such a phenomenon in both music and fashion,” he said.
“They set so many trends and their songs sound as fresh as they did in the 60s.
“We’ve known each other for so long that we’ve got that chemistry, just like The Beatles did,” Mr Gillard said.
“We create the sound of The Beatles live, which many bands can’t do … they’re cover bands.
“Even when we were doing original songs and covers,
people would tell us that we sounded like The Beatles and it was about refining that for the group.”
Using authentic instruments helps bring the band’s
distinctive vibe back to life.
“People expect to see the iconic costumes and the instruments and amplifiers really create that mood.
“We promise a very authentic Beatles experience.”
Mr Gillard has listened to the band since he was a child.
“I remember watching The Beatles’ cartoons and they were all over the radio at the time,” he said.
Dandenong Star,wn away by the faithful re-creation of the Fab Four
2010 was a meteoric year for Rubber Soul having made their television debut on the highly-rated ABC television hit show 'Spicks and Specks' which resulted in inquiries about them from all over Australia.
They were a major hit at the Adelaide Beatles festivals and in Federation Square in Melbourne for Maccas 'Australia All Over' program
broadcast nationally in November 2007.
..an outstanding performance that has patrons on their feet dancing in the aisles.
Rubber Soul - Australia's most authentic Beatles tribute..
Dandenong Leader, quotes from the article ..
Rubber Soul, a group that aims to bring The Beatles back to the masses.
"We all love The Beatles"
"There's a lot of energy in the show, no slow songs."
The tribute band formed in early 2001 and took their name from the fab four's
sixth studio album Rubber Soul released in 1965.
"We have a lot of banter, we like to take the mickey out of each other,
the more fun you have, the more fun other people have."
They've since made appearances on ABC music quiz show Spicks and Specks,
have performed in NSW, South Australia, Western Australia, the Northern Territory,
Hong Kong and the recent Albury festival.
With so many hits to choose from there will be something for diehard
and casual Beatles fans alike.
"It's just a very upbeat, rockin' show.
Faithfully created and just good fun."
Moorabbin Leader,, quotes from the article ..
A big part of our show is
the humour, just like the
ad-lib cheeky humour the
Beatles had. That can only
come from knowing each
other a long time.
We're basically Beatles fans playing
to Beatles fans
We like to think of ourselves as
more than a cover band: we use
authentic Beatles instruments
such as Rickenbacker and
Epiphone guitars, the Hofner
Beatle Bass and Vox amplifiers. A
gig is a 14-hour day for us, setting
up with our sound and lighting
The Guardian, quotes from the article ..
band, whose members
dress in 1960s costumes and
use authentic instruments
favoured by the Beatles
during their performances,
will be rocking the town’s
.. We engage the audience
and really encourage them
to join in
.. And having been friends
for so long, we are able to
put a bit of that humour
that the Beatles had in our
We are very much trying
to stay true to the original
.. We hope to bring a bit
of Beatle-mania to Tooleybuc
Albury Wodonga NEWS WEEKLY, quotes from the article ..
from Rubber Soul said they mostly received positive feedback from fans about
the authenticity of their work, something he said the band concentrated
"I think people are very knocked out with how authentic it sounds," he
"It is very hard to nail the sound and according to the feedback from a lot of
people they say it sounds very authentic, that's the whole aim of it for us
we're Beatles fans and if I went to see a Beatles group I wouldnt want to go
and see someone doing a jazz fusion version of Penny Lane"
"A lot of people have never heard Penny Lane or I Am The Walrus live because
the Beatles stopped touring in 1966 so it's a first time revelation hearing
these songs live.
All they know is the record, so if you crucify the song they're just going
to hate it."
"It's been fantastic we really haven't been knocked at all, yet!"
At The Shearwater Country Club Tasmania 26/3/11
Clifton Springs, quotes from the article ..
the Rubber Soul Beatles Show will rock the Clifton Springs Golf Club on Saturday
.. citing a passion for the Fab Four's music and having fun as their inspiration
We're definitely on a mission to bring Beatlemania to the Geelong area
The News, quotes from the article ..
Beatle-mania is set to
explode as Rubber Soul; a
Beatles tribute band performs
on Saturday, February 26 at
the Bairnsdale RSL
"performed both internationally
in cities such as
Hong Kong, throughout Australia
and on the popular TV
show Spicks & Specks".
original line-up of performers
since 2001, when they started
making music together, which is
said to contribute to their onstage
Beatle instruments such as
Rickenbaker, Epiphone Guitars
and the famous Hofner Beatle
Bass. Vox amplifiers are also
featured, as they were in the
original Beatles performances
in the 1960s."
"we decided to
do it properly and investigate
proper arrangements and
the sound spot-on with their realistic
and authentic performance."
Springvale Dandenong Leader, quotes from the article ..
With a range of costumes - including the infamous Sgt Pepper's look - the group aims to recreate the look, sound and energy of the band
They are lifelong fans of The Beatles and it's from that perspective Rubber Soul
seeks to bring an authentic Beatles experience to fans.
And with rave reviews, it seems they've managed to do just that.
Geelong Advertiser, quotes from the article ..
The show is divided into two parts;
the first half is a showcase of the
Beatles’ older songs, with the band
performing in the ubiquitous black
Gillard says the second half is
more rock and roll: We come out in
these bright Sergeant Pepper suits,
which are a hit with the audience."
"The beauty of the Beatles is the
variety in music style throughout
their music careers," he says. "It’s a
great mixture of music and simply a
joy to perform."
Geelong News, quotes from the article ..
Critics have praised the
band’s costumes and performances,
fanatic Mark Copolov
saying: ‘‘The band’s harmony
was spot on and their
presentation so professional’’.
Rubber Soul has extensively
toured towns all
over Australia, even playing
seven shows in Hong
Waverley Leader, quotes from the article ..
.. the group of friends from the south-eastern suburbs of Melbourne formed The Beatles group in 2001 after being told they sounded like the rock super group.
"We had played in other outfits before, and people always thought we sounded like The Beatles"
The group dresses up in wigs and costumes and plays all the hits such as She Loves You, Please Please Me, Day Tripper and Hey Jude.
Bordermail Albury , quotes from the article ..
"ALBURY’S first Beatles weekend had music lovers dancing in the
people took part
in a long lunch in Dean Street on
Saturday, with Beatles tribute
bands impelling people to their
spectators not involved in the meal gathered in the street.
There were loud clothes, bad
haircuts and people with fake
The night before, The Albion
Hotel, Zed Bar and the Commercial
Club were packed for performances
by tribute bands Beatnix,
Rubber Soul and Melbeats
But organisers have hailed
the inaugural Hard Day’s Night
Beatles Weekend a huge success.
That's Melbourne website , quotes from the article ..
"Rubber Soul is the Beatles covers band playing at Summer Covers on Friday 12 February"
"We haven’t spied a yellow submarine parked outside one of the band’s shows, but these guys
really do go the extra mile to reprise the excitement of those Beatlemania days."
"We don’t just cover the songs. We try and bring the same sounds, atmosphere and excitement to our live shows. What
you hear on the records is what we aim to achieve on stage."
Journal Berwick, quotes from the article ..
"Rubber Soul is hoping to recreate its own form of "Beatlemania" with its performance of The Beatles Show."
"we always had people saying we sounded like the Beatles"
"we use authentic Beatles instruments... and dress in the costumes."
"We really want to take people on a trip down memory lane."
"we play the hits everyone knows"
Ballarat Courier, quotes from the article ..
"The John Lennon - Imagine! exhibition at the Art Gallery of Ballarat "
"Visitors in the gallery can also step outside to hear some of the music that the late musician helped create."
"Beatles tribute band Rubbersoul entertained a big crowd at Alfred Deakin Place. "
"About 200 people, including many from Melbourne and interstate, gathered in bright sunshine to take in the muusic."
Soundbites, quotes from the article ..
"a group of mop-topped
disciples who just won't let it
re-create both the look and sound"
"unless Paul and Ringo decide
to put together a drum and bass
is as close as your gonna get"
from the article ..
"the band's aim was to play
songs that kept the audience
on the dance floor"
"Rubber Soul is the next
best thing for fans
who never had a chance to hear
the Beatles live"
"the band was dedicated
to recreating the originals"
"The crowds are really phenomenal
because we sound original"
"We enjoy recreating it and
providing a really good
live experience for our
"just like the original
quotes from the article ..
"I've been listening
to Beatles songs since
I was a kid and in the last two
years I've discovered a lot of
things I never knew were there
in the harmonies and
"the music was often new
to audience members as young
people discovered it for the first
"One thing about the Beatles, there's
always another generation coming