On Dec. 9, WRCT hosted a very special guest, Rubblebucket, in our studio. The eight-person ensemble performed acoustic versions of “Pain From Love” from their latest album Oversaturated and one of their best known songs, “Came Out of A Lady” from Omega La La. They came just in the nick of time to promote their concert featuring Reptar that night at Mr. Smalls in nearby Millvale, Pa. Unfortunately, I could not attend the performance but I did manage to snag a brief interview with three of the band members: band leader and trumpet Alex Toth, vocalist and saxophonist Kalmia Traver, and guitarist Ian Hersey. Snippets of the interview are just below the photo.
Jess: I have asked other bands this question before and I will ask you guys as well, can you provide some more insights regarding the interests listed on your Facebook page? “Traveling, eating good food, hiking, rhythmic lock, exotic beats and colors”
Alex Toth: Yes! All of these things are true. We’ve actually gone on group hikes several times and they’re a lot of fun.
(I also noticed that Kalmia was wearing brightly colored socks, true to the band’s professed love of colors.)
Jess: Is there anything you like to do in particular when you have down time after getting back after a tour?
AT: Do nothing. Absolutely nothing. Being on the road is a busy hectic lifestyle, so it’s nice to relax.
Kalmia Traver: I love riding around on my bike and something I always have to do is ride my bike over the Williamsburg Bridge.
Ian Hersey: Eat pizza with lots of basil and delicious cheese!
Jess: Now, I understand that Alex and Kalmia met at the University of Vermont, but did you two originally come in as music majors or what?
AT: No, I actually came in intending to be a psych major.
KT: I was undeclared.
(The two of them decided to pursue their musical interests instead and henceforth Rubblebucket was born.)
Jess: Do you have any favorite books?
AT: We’ve been exchanging books by David Foster Wallace with each other.
The interview was short, as time was running out, but I hope you have learned a bit more about Rubblebucket. They’re rad and definitely a group to keep an eye out for the future.
Interview by Jess Phoa. Photo courtesy of Roll Call Records. Special thanks to Ted and Eden for all of their help setting up and producing this interview.