Some would call Rubblebucket a dance-rock band. Others would call it ska, but the band has denied those conventional genres and categorized themselves as “visual/visual/visual.” Maybe it’s the seamless combination of funky horns, synth-pop loops, and straight up dance music or the stunningly bright and joyful concerts they’re known for, but something about them has allowed them to transcend above the rest.
They’ve released three albums thus far, however it was their second LP, Omega LaLa, which put them on the map. Singles, “Came Out of a Lady,” and “Silly Fathers,” were catchy enough to make their way around alternative music circles. They eventually made their way to the Jimmy Kimmel stage and showed America just how a five-piece band can get the party going.
In a 2012 interview, as they were gaining momentum from their second LP, vocalist, Kalmia Traver explained that they try to involve the audience as much as possible–either by dancing around them or just running out into the crowd during a sax solo. It’s all about making the audience a part of the conversation.
Rubblebucket formed around 2008 when all the members started jamming out together at a party. Their improvisation with several different instruments eventually led to them coming together and recording their first EP, Rose’s Dream. They’ve come a long way since playing empty bars, and after spending the summer playing at festivals, they’re continuing a fall tour behind their most recent album Survival Sounds.