Saturday, 17 August 2013

Rubblebucket - Save Charlie

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We're told that this new one from Brooklyn's Rubblebucket is a bit more "funky and symphonic" than last year's debut EP. If you wish to compare and contrast then you can read what we had to say about that by popping back to this page. We would be inclined to agree that this is definitely full of funk, and that it's treading a fine line between being naff '80s pop and the good stuff from that era, a time that's clearly a big influence, right down to the artwork. They stay on the right side though and 'Save Charlie' ends up being much better than the first impression you get.

As the guitars give way to the verses we almost get a form of psychedelia; it all goes a little dreamy. This is a good pop tune, but by that we mean it is very "pop", so the indie masses might want to give it a miss. This is a song that stays in the memory and has a catchy chorus, even that sax has a guilty pleasure aspect to it. Think of the new one from Rubblebucket being like a little time capsule back to the alt-pop of thirty years ago, but make sure to leave your muso notions and inhibitions at the door and just go with it, it's a lot of fun.

Rubblebucket's website

Catch them live:

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 @ The 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

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