On Friday, February 24th, Skidmore will be graced with the presence of Rubblebucket, a band from Brooklyn who describe their sound as “yes wave” and “psych-pop and dance.” Originally from Burlington, Vermont, Rubblebucket was founded by Kalmia Traver and Alex Toth, who met while both studying music at the University of Vermont. Upon graduation, they joined reggae band “John Brown’s Body” and toured the US. It wasn’t until June of 2007 when they met Craig Meyers (percussion) at an art opening at an old Hood Milk factory in Vermont that they began forming what is now known as Rubblebucket. By March of the following year, Rubblebucket had added five other members to the band and released their first album “Rose’s Dream” under the name “Rubblebucket Orchestra.”
Since then, Rubblebucket has released two more albums, “Rubblebucket” (2009) and “Omega La La” (2011) as well as an EP entitled “Triangular Daisies”, and have played shows with groups such as Twin Sister, Kurt Vile and Das Racist. Their music is full of complex harmonies and horn sections, and when listening, it is evident just how greatly influenced Toth and Traver are by John Brown Body’s–whether through the emphasis on horn sections or the general funk-esque rhythms used. All in all, Rubblebucket’s sound is upbeat, complex and easy to dance to. As they said themselves in an interview on blog, “Alright; I’m Wrong” when describing their shows: “We are like little fires maybe and mischievous and weird. We are weirdos. We put our whole spirit into the live show. We perform and dig in hard. We go wild.” If so, Friday’s show should be a great one.