Hello good people, citizens, sex fiends, friends, and sound free-ists:
THIS is our summer newsletter: stories to entertain, what we have ACTUALLY been up to, and what's in store.
Last week, Kalmia, Adam and I were in Vermont country, where Kal's from. I know it sounds weird, but we felt the need to do some sort of "earth ritual," or spiritual cleansing rite. The Lovin' Spoonful had it right; summer in the city is truly gritty. We hiked Mount Tom in a steady downpour of rain. As I listened to the sound of rain colliding with the mini steel drum we carried on our upward trek, it was almost ethereal. (I wish we could have captured it for a RBO tune. Who knows, maybe we'll figure something out.) At the summit, inspired by our journey through the rain and the atmosphere surrounding us, we stripped down naked and ran in wide circles around the grassy summit, shouting mantras and splashing water everywhere. It was a peak experience.
There's nothing like music on the road in the summer; playing outdoors as light fades into darkness, a massive orgy of sound, sun, wind, puke, rain, politicians and screaming babies, hippies, thugs, punks, booze, smoke, trampolines, and mosquitoes; everything shaking hysterically with this ever-changing planet. We like to drive through northeast countrysides with our windows open, smell it all in, and occasionally, go for a swim.
So what about Rubblebucket, you ask? Isn't this the Rubblebucket newsletter? Well, it is. A busy summer it has been, so we'll make it simple.
So far this summer, RBO: - broke the attendance record at Red Square in Burlington - won Relix Magazine's Jam-Off competition (July issue) - opened for Eek-A-Mouse, John Brown's Body (a few times), NOMO, and Giant Panda Guerilla Dub Squad. - played all over the northeast (including beautiful weddings!) - wrote new tunes, which are coming your way soon
And just this week we won Seven Daisies award for "Best New Vermont Band!"
::glances around slowly; inhales thru nostrils rapidly making a congested slurpy sound::
Anyway, we're stoked. And there's lots more in store.
To round out August, we've lined up some killer shows in NYC, VT, and Boston:
Thursday, 8/21 - Drom in NYC with Groove Collective - 8:30PM - www.dromnyc.com Saturday, 8/23 - Headlining the Liberate Music Fest in Waitsfield, VT - www.empvt.com Saturday, 8/30 - Labor Day weekend at Johnny D's in Boston - www.johnnyds.com
Beginning in September, we have some high-profile gigs coming up, including a show with Mike Gordon in Boston. We'll be visiting all regions of New York State and New England, so be sure visit our MySpace for the full list of dates! Also on the MySpace are a couple of new tracks and videos for your enjoyment.
We also have new pages on Facebook, iLike, and Amie Street (a whole new way to discover, buy, and get paid for listening to music!)
Enjoy your summer and thanks for supporting live, original music; you rock.
Alex Toth and Rubblebucket