Rubblebucket Brings The Yes-Wave To Counterpoint Music Festival.
With Counterpoint Music Festival only eight weeks away its time to get excited about all the amazing talent that will be lighting up the stage down in Georgia. The worst feeling for a festival goer is discovering an amazing artist months after the festival is over and kicking yourself for missing their set. So to avoid that tragedy we are gonna help you navigate the Counterpoint roster. This year Counterpoint has one of the most varied lineups of the season and we’re gonna do our best to highlight some of the lesser known artists you definitely won’t want to miss.
In an era of morphing styles and blurred genre lines, it seems that more and more bands are outgrowing conventional musical constraints. One of the newest genres that has been birthed in the last few years is Yes-Wave. This widely unknown genre has been attributed to a niche group of musicians who are highly regarded for their technical prowess and penchant for producing vibrant, pop infused music. For the past few years the Brooklyn based eight piece musical collective Rubblebucket has been the quirky poster child of this budding genre. Yes-Wave doesn’t just describe the musical preference or abilities of an artist but the positive vibes and energy that they exude as well.
Rubblebucket is the lovechild of musical couple Alex Toth (trumpet, band leader) and Kalmia Traver (vocals, saxophone) who first met at the University of Vermont where they both attended as music majors. After amassing a group of like minded musicians, the band released it’s first album Rose’s Dream in 2008 and began touring full time as Rubblebucket Orchestra. In 2009 the band changed their name to just Rubblebucket and in 2010 the band relocated to Brooklyn. In 2011 they released their critically acclaimed album Omega La La as a free download to a swell of fan support. Since then the band has released two fantastic projects; Oversaturated EP (2012) and Save Charlie EP (2013).
Rubblebucket is a collective of imaginative and well educated musicians who have been compared to Vampire Weekend, Dirty Projectors and Talking Heads. Their eclectic style is a unique and incredibly refreshing combination of synth pop, jazz and indie rock. Rubblebucket is one of the most technically talented bands I’ve ever seen live and their mastery over their instruments shines through their music. Although their live performances don’t really lend themselves to improvisation, the family atmosphere that the band creates gives their shows an unmistakably organic feel. Drawing inspiration from funky West African elements, Rubblebucket’s stellar horn and percussion sections serve as perfect catalysts for the spellbinding vocals of lead singer Kalmia Traver.
This band has the technical ability to balance maelstroms of sonic complexity with unapologetically bright and poppy overtones. This peculiar balance gives Rubblebucket their own sound and each one of their tracks it’s own heartbeat and identity. Rubblebucket is the perfect summer festival band. They will have you up on your feet and getting down while broadening and enriching your appreciation of music. What could be better than that?