I had many options for shows to start the new year and definitely made the right choice in seeing Rubblebucket at Brooklyn Bowl. Starting off the night was French Horn Rebellion and had the floor dancing away to their pseudo-disco grooves and cannot wait for our showcase with them in February at Cameo Gallery as the headliner.
Having seen Rubblebucket on a special rooftop gig in Manhattan last summer, I knew I was in for a treat with their high-energy and horn-laden show. I expected dancing but was overwhelmed at the passion and energy that their fans brought – which the band fed off of all night. The dancing on the floor was rivaled by the bands own moves, which sometimes were choreographed between Alex and Adam over in the horn section and was a lot of fun to watch, I may of even pulled off a running man while taking pictures…or not.
It’s hard to categorize Rubblebucket as their style ranges from beat driven art-rock to quasi-ska but one thing is for sure, they bring it hard and are ridiculously tight for seven people. Kalmia Traver is worth the price of admission alone with her quirky and artistic stage presence and powerhouse vocals. The set-list was long and included fan favorites “Carousel Ride,” and “Young And Old.” The highlight of the night was certainly “Came Out Of A Lady,” which had both the crowd and the band in a frenzy ending with Alex and Kalmia crowd-surfing into the throngs of jumping fans.
Next time you just want to forget about everything and be to feel free to dance amongst other beautiful souls – make sure to seek out a Rubblebucket show, you won’t be disappointed.
Article by: Shayne Hanley