Rubblebucket covers Sufjan Stevens “John Wayne Gacy, Jr.” for The Voice Project + 36 Tour Dates

Article Contributed by GMA | Published on Thursday, September 8, 2011

Rubblebucket has teamed up with the non-profit, charity organization The Voice Project to record a cover of Sufjan Stevens’ “John Wayne Gacy, Jr.” (watch video HERE), in their effort to bring attention to, mobilize and help women in Uganda. Women's groups in Uganda have been using songs passed by word of mouth to call child soldiers and abductees back home in Africa's longest running war. The Voice Project is an effort to amplify them, and to see just how far a voice can carry. Pass it on.
Please find more information on The Voice Project and Rubblebucket’s exact reason to choose this particular song to cover HERE and here:
“The song deals with a killer, but not in the obvious ways, how it tries to penetrate to the humanity of the situation. That humanizing, the struggle for that understanding is what's been dealt with in Uganda, and now Congo, CAR and South Sudan on a daily basis. Peace and forgiveness are easy words to toss around, to advocate, but given the scope and brutality of the atrocities it can sometimes seem distant and difficult to visualize when hearing the story of how it is really happening. It seems if we are to learn from what's going on, it's up to us all to humanize and try and understand that process at a real level.”
2011 has been a breakout year for Rubblebucket. Releasing Omega La La this summer, and touring non-stop, Rubblebucket has earned praise from across the spectrum, with critics at Paste MagazineBlurt, Stereogum, Consequence of Sound and more hailing the band as one of the most promising up-and-coming acts in the U.S. Some critics have even gone as far as labeling the band’s upbeat, multifaceted sound “Yes Wave,” in opposition to the nihilistic, late-70s New York genre. Recorded last year at Plantain/DFA Studios with Producer Eric Broucek (LCD Soundsystem, Cut Copy, Hercules and Love Affair) at the helm, Omega La La is the Brooklyn eight piece’s most adventurous record yet, with the band dipping into everything from the dancey indie-pop arrangements to Fela-Kuti inspired afro-beat stomps.
For Rubblebucket, it’s been a long journey to make Omega La La. Led by the musical couple of bandleader/trumpeter Alex Toth and frontwoman Kalmia Traver, 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. In 2009, Rubblebucket released a self-titled album that turned heads. SPIN hailed the band as a "must-hear artist from the CMJ Festival” in 2009 and the band won that year’s Boston Music Award for Live Act of the Year.  The band then relocated to Brooklyn and released the Triangular Daises EP in 2010. A stylistic precursor to Omega La La, the Triangular DaisesEP was hailed by The Wall Street Journal, NYLON, Paste, and a host of others.
Rubblebucket Fall Tour Dates:
*Terror Pigeon Dance Revolt supports
** Stepdad supports
^Trombone Shorty co-headline
^^Superhumanoids supports
09/10: Peru, NY @ Backwoods Pondfest
09/28: Pawtucket, RI @ The Met Café
09/29: Portland, ME @ Port City Music Hall
09/30: Boston, MA @ Paradise Rock Club*
10/01: Syracuse, NY @ The Westcott Theater*
10/05: Philadelphia, PA @ The Blockley*
10/06: Baltimore, MD @ Sound Stage*
10/07: Blacksburg, VA @ Awful Arthur’s*
10/08: Roseland, VA @ The Festy
10/10: Lexington, KY @ Cosmic Charlie's**
10/12: Columbus, OH @ The Basement**
10/13: Urbana, IL @ The Canopy Club**
10/14: Chicago, IL @ Double Door**
10/15: Grand Rapids, MI @ Founders
10/16: Milwaukee, WI @ Turner Hall Ballroom**
10/17: Iowa City, IA @ Gabe's Oasis
10/18: St. Louis, MO @ The Old Rock House ^
10/19: Lawrence, KS @ The Bottleneck
10/21: Denver, CO @ Cervantes' Other Side
10/22: Fort Collins, Co @ Hodi’s Half Note
10/23: Aspen, CO @ Belly Up
10/25: Salt Lake City - UT @ Kilby Court
10/27: Seattle, WA @ Crocodile, Cafe
10/28: Olympia, WA @ Crocodile Cafe
10/29: Portland, OR @ Mississippi Studios
10/31: Bend, OR @ Century Center
11/01: Arcata, CA @ Humboldt Brews
11/02: Crystal Bay, NV @ Crystal Bay Club Casino – Red Room
11/03: San Francisco, CA @ Boom Boom Room
11/04: Los Angeles, CA @ Bootleg Theatre^^
11/05: San Diego, CA @ Soda Bar^^
11/06: Flagstaff, AZ @ Green Room^^
11/08: Austin, TX @ Beauty Bar
11/09: New Orleans, LA @ House of Blues – The Parish
11/10: Mobile, AL @ Alabama Music Box
11/11: Live Oak, FL @ Bear Creek Music & Arts Fest
11/12: Atlanta, GA @ Drunken Unicorn