Rubblebucket – Camp Bisco: Artist Not to Miss
Explosive, horn-centric octet Rubblebucket hails from Brooklyn, New York and is led by couple-duo Alex Troth and Kalmia Traver. If these two look familiar, you may not be wrong; their musical careers started out as members of acclaimed reggae powerhouse John Brown’s Body. Like its ever-rotating cast, Rubblebucket’s sound is always changing and even a genre snob like myself has problems defining them past the “indie” label that generally comes with Brooklyn-based outfits that aren’t punk or electronic. With a lineup that currently consists of players on everything from trombone to clavinet to n’goni, a type of West African string instrument that loosely resembles a banjo (don’t worry I had to Google it, too), this is one act you’re going to have to see to understand, and I promise they will not disappoint.
Rubblebucket Live at Rock & Roll Resort on 2011-04-03
After catching shining slots at festivals like Bonnaroo, All Good, Catskill Chill, and last year’s Camp Bisco, it is clear, at least to this concert-goer, that Rubblebucket is going to be around for a good, long while. Their shows are packed full of rock, psychedelic jazz, funk, soul, and disco, all uniquely arranged into off-the-wall energetic dance beats that are sure to be appropriate at any festival for music lovers. Whether they’re kicking off the day with some mellower, organic grooves or stirring a crowd into a frenzy with some late night dancing, you don’t need to be familiar with these guys and gals to have a blast at their set, one of the most important things they bring to the table. And hey, if you want to get familiar and start the party in the car on your way to work or just lounging at home, it certainly won’t hurt! But don’t take our word for it.
“What it sounds like when eight different freak flags fly in perfect unison.”
“Like a love child of the Rapture and Dirty Projectors, Rubblebucket have been churning out highly polished pop since their inception, and their upcoming record, Omega La La, is sure to have you grooving in your skinny jorts this summer.”
“They sound like hippies who have taken over a city, hog-tied any uptight citizens, and painted all the yucky grey/brown buildings in acrylic colors and neon war paint.”