South Windsor, CT, (November 7, 2014)—Brooklyn band Rubblebucket has completed its new album, Survival Sounds, utilizing Telefunken AK-47 MkII and CU-29 Copperhead large diaphragm tube mics.
Lead singer and saxophonist Kalmia Traver remarked, "We used the CU-29 and AK-47 for horns and vocals all over our new record. When I first tried the Copperhead, I instantly fell in love with how my voice sounded with that hot Telefunken tube—sometimes I just practice and do vocal exercises with it just for the ego boost."
Musical couple Alex Toth (trumpet, band leader) and Traver first met at the University of Vermont where they were enrolled as music majors. They joined up with guitarist Ian Hersey, trombonist Adam Dotson and drummer David Cole to create Rubblebucket. Together they were chosen by SPIN Magazine as a "Must-hear from the 2009 CMJs.”
Mathew Scheiner, Rubblebucket's FOH engineer and tour manager remarked, "Kal was cycling through a bunch of different vocal mics until I suggested Telefunken's M81 dynamic. It's the first mic we've come across that allows her voice to cut through the rest of the seven-piece band without being too harsh up top, and still preserve a really healthy amount of body. It balances her voice out beautifully."
Traver added, "I've tried many different mics over the years and the M81 has risen to the top for its clarity and balance, and ability to handle the crazy overtones in my voice."
In 2010, Rubblebucket appeared at events such as High Sierra and All Good Music Festival, before releasing its Triangular Daisies EP that included a cover of the Beatles' "Michelle," which Paste Magazine named on its list of 50 greatest Beatles covers of all-time.
In 2011, Rubblebucket released a full-length album, Omega La La, and appeared on Jimmy Kimmel Live. Two EPs followed: "Oversaturated" in 2012 and "Save Charlie" in 2013.