By Nick Mattos, PQ MonthlyHooray! The springtime has arrived, and not a moment too soon â€” so, celebrate with the extremely fun dance-rock of Rubblebucket. Musical couple Alex Toth and Kalmia Traver first met at the University of Vermont where they bonded over their shared major of music and love of reggae. In 2007, the pair met percussionist Craig Myers at an art party held in a former dairy plant in Burlington; the music the newly-formed trio improvised that night would go on to become the first output of psychedelic indie-dance outfit Rubblebucket. Vermont? Reggae? Art party improv? If these things made you recoil, perhaps there's good reason for it; however, as Jeremy Goodwin of the Boston Globe articulates beautifully, you should definitely still give the newly Brooklyn-based band a chance:
On paper, Rubblebucket could seem like a hot mess. But the idiosyncratic eight-piece band... has fused its own fashion of heady dance-pop that somehow just works.Â On the strength of a style melding propulsive polyrhythms, syncopated horns, new wave-era art-school rock, and gleaming pop, all within a slyly psychedelic aesthetic, Rubblebucket may be on the verge of a breakthrough. But despite the bandâ€™s growing success, itâ€™s a work in progress.Â â€œWeâ€™re not a band that has come out of the gates setting out to make this sculpted, perfect conceptual thing. It was totally raw and evolving at all times. Weâ€™re just kind of learning and discovering what we want to do as we go,â€ says trumpeter and bandleader Alex Toth.Check out the strange, joyous videos for "Came Out of a Lady," "Save Charlie," and "L'Homme." Dancing yet?