The Denver experimental rock trio Rubedo has a new album produced by Ikey Owens of The Mars Volta. And despite the experimental sound, the band has much love for the listener. Download “Love is the Answer” here.
Oftentimes, when a band’s music is best described as “experimental,” this means that listeners will most likely be left out in the cold. Popular music relies on tried-and-true structures and sounds familiar enough for listeners to grasp but novel enough to avoid cliche. Experimental bands, however, are interested in wiping the slate clean and starting anew, destroying all reliably popular elements. There are exceptions, of course, and Denver’s experimental rock band Rubedo manages to push the experimental boundaries while producing music that doesn’t leave listeners behind.
“Love is the Answer,” the latest release from Rubedo, was produced by band mentor Ikey Owens, the keyboardist for The Mars Volta and sometimes Jack White collaborator. At its core, “Love is the Answer” is a rock album with bombastic drums, rock guitars and the captivating vocals of a real lead singer. But the addition of synth by lead singer Kyle Gray lifts Rubedo above rock cliches into a highly creative realm not often explored by rock bands. But this is a band with altruism at its core, as the album title would suggest, and Rubedo brings the listener along on the journey, never letting the sonic experiments go further than the listener can reach.
Below, download the title track. Then, join Rubedo at the “Love is the Answer” release show on Jan. 25 at Bluebird Theater. Ikey Owens will sit in on keyboards for that show, and Rubedo and Owens will DJ an after-show party at Lost Lake Lounge that night as well. Download and stream the entire album on Rubedo’s Bandcamp page.
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Josh Johnson is a Denver freelance writer and Reverb contributor. He is also a co-host/co-producer of the Denver podcast Denver Diatribe. He’s also a journeyman butcher. Seriously.