When I got Racecar is Racecar backwards, I listened to it non-stop on the college bus for months. Very Fast Very Dangerous sealed Reuben as my favourite band. And In Nothing We Trust only furthered my love.
I went into Wigan and bought the third album the day after Toni's Hen Party. I felt like shit and it was cold and rainy outside, but somehow I managed to catch the train into Wigan and find my way to HMV. I was so frantic to find it that a dude who worked there had to reassure me it was in the metal section.
I somehow made it home and put the CD on in my living room. The house was empty and a total shithole from the party the night before, but I just sat down at my table and listened to the album through.
It blew me away. It still does.
The last track brought tears to my eyes and I cried my heart out. No music has ever created such a visceral reaction within me. With the current state of things, no music will ever effect me so strongly ever again.
I love Reuben. This news is a blow to my spirit.