|Origin||Brisbane, Queensland, Australia|
|Members||Steve Drinkall - vocals, guitar
Dave Drinkall - bass
Caleb James - guitar
Ian Buchanan - drums
Rhubarb were an Australian rock band, best known for their song "Exerciser", released in 1999. They disbanded in 2006.
The group were discovered when they won the Triple J Unearthed competition for Brisbane with their song, "Zero", in 1999. The band's leap to prominence however came with their surprise 1999 hit "Exerciser", which placed at No. 20 on the 1999 Triple J's Hottest 100. Steve often joked that the success of Exerciser was mostly due to the song's short length and Triple J announcers often having to fill 2 minutes before the news was broadcast at a regular interval. The band's debut album, Kamikaze, released on the band's own independent label Toupee Records, achieved over 15,000 sales. Kamikaze was voted 'Album of the Year' at Queensland’s 14th annual Sunnie Awards (1999), and the group also won 'Best New Band of 1999'. Songs from Kamikaze that aired on Triple J included "Zero", "Pennywise" and the title track. Rhubarb played live at The Big Day Out, Offshore, Homebake and the Falls Festival.
Their second album Slow Motion was greeted with critical acclaim in 2002, with radio hits like "Light on Your Shoulder", "New York". A string of national tours followed, where they played alongside bands including The Whitlams, You Am I, Spiderbait, The Cruel Sea (band), Creed and Killing Heidi. The Australian and Courier-Mail both listed Slow Motion in their Top 10 Albums For 2002, while Rolling Stone Australia claimed it "totally irresistible".
Completing the Slow Motion period in late 2003 with another successful national tour, Rhubarb went to ground, writing, rehearsing and testing out material live for their third album. With Caleb James once again filling the producer's shoes, 'Start Again, was created throughout 2004, and released in 2005. Shortly after the album's release the band announced their break up on their official website, stating that the members would continue to make music individually.
All of Rhubarb's albums can be downloaded for free from their official website.
- "Zero" (1999)
- "Exerciser" (1999)
- "Pennywise" (2000)
- "Nice Girls" (2000)
- "Light on Your Shoulder" (2001)
- "Slow Motion" (2002)
- "New York" (2002)
- "Start Again" (2005)