Interview: Ilan Rubin of The New Regime on ‘Exhibit’ Releases & More

Ilan Rubin
 

Ilan Rubin has proven far more than a drummer for a number of high-profile projects, most prominently the incredible Nine Inch Nails. His own operation, The New Regime, has just released their latest album Exhibit B, a sequel of sorts to 2013’s Exhibit A  (iTunes) and a marked departure from his multi-instrumental work with NIN, Angels & Airwaves and Paramore.

Along the trajectory of his creative spark, we brought the man Trent Reznor calls “irritatingly talented” into the fold as our featured Artist of The Month for April, with an exclusive three-song performance and interview. We began with a stripped rendition of “We Rise, We Fall” and the soulful “Mannequin,” and followed up with a third performance featuring “Where I’ve Headed All Along”.

Exhibit B album coverRubin wrote, recorded, produced and played every instrument on the record, mostly while on tour with Nails over the past two years. Life alongside top-tier artists has clearly rubbed off, as Rubin draws from his favorite songwriters with a sensibility for hooks and barbed melodies. Exhibit B is an expansion on the momentum from 2013’s Exhibit A, both of which will see a combined release via thenewregime.com. Despite the heavy workload, somewhere along the way the man also recently played drums on the Haim/M83 Insurgent track, “Holes In The Sky”. Feeling lazy yet?

Check out our exclusive interview with Ilan below, wherein he shares his thoughts on the evolving nature of albums and EPs, his overall plan with the Exhibit releases and much more.

Pick up Exhibit B on iTunes, and keep up with Ilan at The New Regime’s official site, as well as on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

 

Previous Band of The Month Performances:

Alain Johannes / Grieves / Steel Panther / Vintage Trouble / Semi Precious Weapons  

Hot Karate / RX Bandits / Nico Vega / The Mowgli’s / Dessa / Everlast 

The Wild Feathers / The Silent Comedy / LP