Kalmia Traver is the lead vocalist, baritone saxaphone player, and songwriter in the quickly rising indie art-pop dance Rubblebucket. Kalmia studied Community and International Development (alongside music) at University of Vermont before calling Rubblebucket her full-time job.
Also lead by trumpeter Alex Toth, Rubblebucket has spent the last four years building a reputation as a band that blurs the lines between psychedelic indie rock, upbeat dance, and radiant, left-field arrangements.
The band will released an EP in September, recorded at Bear Creek Studios in Seattle, WA (home to Fleet Foxes' two gorgeous albums) with producer Ryan Hadlock (Ra Ra Riot, The Gossip, Blonde Redhead). This EP takes Brooklyn's freshest octet to a new level; between Kalmia Traver's unmistakable voice and the band's hip shaking, off-kilter arrangements, this EP highlights everything that makes Rubblebucket so special.
The band's 2011 album "Omega La La" marked a milestone for Rubblebucket. Recorded last year at Plantain/DFA Studios with Producer Eric Broucek (LCD Soundsystem, Cut Copy, Hercules and Love Affair) at the helm, the record was their most ambitious yet, with the band dipping into everything from dancey indie-pop arrangements to Fela-Kuti inspired afro-beat stomps.
Earlier this year when Bill McKibben's Rolling Stone article "Global Warming's Terrifying New Math" came out, we decided to post it on our band's Facebook page. We'd always been fans of Bill, and his clear determination that we finally know who's to blame for climate change felt important and...