Every band needs an off season; a chance to come off the road, recharge the batteries, live a normal lifestyle, stoke the creative fires, and eventually record the album that'll launch them into the next grueling touring and promotions cycle. In our new series Indie Hot Stove
, we catch up with some of the most compelling artists currently enjoying the bounties of the off-season to get an idea of what the somewhat-near future might sound like.
In our inaugural feature we hooked up with Rubblebucket
; a funky cast of sonic shape-shifters we found hunkered down at Mission Sound in Brooklyn, NY recording their next album with prolific producer, John Congleton (St. Vincent, The Polyphonic Spree, Cloud Nothings). The cozy confines of the studio was a nice place to be on a wintery, February afternoon...especially considering we had the opportunity to witness the Brooklyn (by way of Boston and Vermont) outfit writing, tracking, and mixing a few bombastic moments from their upcoming release. While we were there we also had the chance to sit down with bandleaders Kalmia Traver and Alex Toth, getting an inside look at the process that's powering the soon-to-be-released recordings. "I hope that these songs can do what music is supposed to do for people," Toth admitted in our conversation. From the snippets we had the chance to nibble on, Rubblebucket's whipping up a scrumptious, new collection of songs...the kind that's sure to nourish long-time fans and attract new ones' with its appetizing blend of indie, funk, afrobeat, dance and pop components. Look for the album sometime in the near future on Communion
- My name is Kalmia Traver.
I am in Rubblebucket.
We're at the Mission Sound, the studio where we're recording this album.
We're in Williamsburg, Brooklyn.
Today we're tracking percussion.
Everyone's taking turns running in there and laying down little ideas.
We've all been really engaged.
The band has just been doing a lot of good teamwork.
- We've been so known for our live show for a few years now.
It really is a whole other art to record and to capture that rawness and to capture your spirit.
- What is happening on this album more than ever before is we're capturing moments and we're getting out of the way.
- For me, writing a lot of these songs in this time period where there's a lot of intense things happening in our lives with health stuff and life changes.
It was extremely cathartic for me to write these songs and it's sort of a healing process in a way.
I hope that these songs can do what music is supposed to do for people.
- My Google calendar says Rubblebucket takes over the world.
It just has from this summer ever onward.
That's what's next.
Led by the musical couple of front woman Kalmia Traver and bandleader/trumpeter Alex Toth, Rubblebucket has spent the last four years building a reputation as a band that blurs the lines between psychedelic indie rock, upbeat dance, and radiant, left-field arrangements. The Brooklyn, NY by way of Boston and Vermont band has evolved into something that is "utterly post-genrehorns, synth, guitars, harmoniesa smile-inducing point on the tangent that connects Bjrk and Broken Social Scene", which is to say that you never know what you'll see or hear next.
2012 has been a banner year for Rubblebucket, seeing the outfit grace the stages of Bonnaroo (with a surprise guest appearance with Foster the People) among countless other festivals, collaborate with heroes tUnE-yArDs and ?love for a Fela Kuti compilation, bring their raucous live show, along with giant robot puppets and love-tunnels, to larger and larger crowds across the US and receive love and affection from Paste, Rolling Stone, Stereogum, Wall Street Journal, Daytrotter and so many more. Now, on July 18th, the band will make their debut late night TV appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live.
The band will release a new EP in September 11, 2012, recorded at Bear Creek Studios in Seattle, WA (home to Fleet Foxes' two gorgeous albums) with producer Ryan Hadlock (Ra Ra Riot, The Gossip, Blonde Redhead). This EP takes Brooklyn's freshest octet to a new level; between Kalmia Traver's unmistakable voice and the band's hip shaking, off-kilter arrangements, this EP highlights everything that makes Rubblebucket so special.
The band's 2011 album Omega La La marked a milestone for Rubblebucket. Recorded last year at Plantain/DFA Studios with Producer Eric Broucek (LCD Soundsystem, Cut Copy, Hercules and Love Affair) at the helm, the record was their most ambitious yet, with the band dipping into everything from dancey indie-pop arrangements to Fela-Kuti inspired afro-beat stomps. The record has earned a wealth of praise, with Stereogum hailing the records tricky arrangements, whistle solos, and disco guitar leads and Paste Magazine calling the album instrumentally rich but catchy enough to ass-kick Katy Perry off the pop charts (in a just world)mega-melodic without sacrificing an ounce of atmosphere or creativity.
Source: Artist Facebook Page