Credit: Shervin Lainez
On September 24th Rubblebucket, the Brooklyn art-pop seven piece that tastefully combines everything from soul to new wave to straight up dance-funk, will release a new EP Save Charlie via Communion Records worldwide (Daughter, Caveman, Willy Mason). The band will celebrate by hitting the road this fall headlining the new Communion Presents Tour, a series of very special shows that feature multiple artists in intimate settings at low ticket prices. It embodies everything Rubblebucket stands for: Community with artists & fans. The first run of Communion Presents will also feature Willy Mason, Roadkill Ghost Choir, and more, please see below for all dates.
The Wall Street Journal’s Speakeasy premiered the title track of the forthcoming EP, “Save Charlie” (Listen Now!). Of the song, WSJ says, “‘[Save Charlie] piles horns atop a scratchy funk guitar line and a booming danceable beat buoying up Traver’s breathy voice.” In regard to the new single, Rubblebucket’s Alex Toth (trumpet/band leader) explains, “I had written a pretty different version of Save Charlie almost 2 years ago. Then my laptop was stolen out of a bar in Bushwick and I lost it forever… Hopefully i remembered the cool stuff about it and forgot the bad stuff!”
As one may remember, 2012 was a banner year for Rubblebucket as the outfit graced the stages of Bonnaroo (among countless other festivals), made their late night TV debut on Jimmy Kimmel Live (watch), brought their raucous live show (along with their handmade giant robot puppets and love-tunnels) to larger and larger crowds across the US. Arguably the year’s highlight was the release of the band’s acclaimed Oversaturated EP, which received love from the likes of Paste, Noisey, USA Today, and more.
Since January of 2013 the band has taken “a break of sorts” (the only way Rubblebucket knows how), playing only a few festivals and one-off appearances, while writing and recording the new material that will come in the form of Save Charlie. Recorded in Brooklyn’s Trout Studios the EP was co-produced by Rubblebucket and Tom Biller (Liars, Warpaint, Kate Nash), while mastering duties were given to Dave Cooley (M83, Silversun Pickups).
Of the new material front woman Kalmia Traver shares, “We have been more relaxed and playful with our writing process than ever before. Alex and I have been honing our production chops, so we’re better able to capture the magic of those first moments of hearing a new idea.” Kalmia continues, “During this writing period I had an extremely inspiring adventure in New Orleans, and hit some new all-time happiness highs. There have been some intense ups and downs, and I think that fact will shine through in the music too.”
Aside from a few one-offs and festivals, Kalmia, Alex, and Adam of Rubblebucket laid down their sought after horns alongside Tune-Yards and ?love for the follow up to Red Hot’s successful 2002 album, Red Hot + Riot, on which artists ranging from D’Angelo to Sade covered songs by Fela Kuti. To be released this fall, (RED) Hot + FELA pays homage to the music and spirit of Fela Kuti and will be the first collaboration between (RED) and the Red Hot Organization. Also on the compilation is My Morning Jacket, Kyp Malone, Chance the Rapper, Nnenka, and many more.
In July, Kalmia and Alex also recently collaborated with many others for the Red Hot & Fela live premiere performance at the Lincoln Center. The event featured Tony Allen and Superhuman Happiness alongside Bajah, Sinkane, Abena Koomson, Kronos Quartet, M1 (of dead prez), and many more.
:: TOUR DATES ::
8/31: Troy, OH @ Troy Memorial Stadium (Gentlemen of the Road Stopover)#
10/1: New York, NY @ Rockwood Music Hall (Communion)*
10/2: Washington, DC @ Black Cat (Communion)*
10/3: Philadelphia, PA @ Johnny Brenda’s (Communion)*
10/4: Providence, RI @ Fete
10/8: Bloomington, IN @ Bluebird (Communion)*
10/9: Louisville, KY @ Zanzabar (Communion)*
10/10: Nashville, TN @ The High Watt (Communion)*
10/11: Athens, GA @ New Earth Music Hall
10/12: Clarksville, TN @ Fly Free Festival
# w/ Mumford & Sons, Old Crow Medicine Show, The Vaccines & more
*Roadkill Ghost Choir, Willy Mason and multiple local artists support