BOSTON GLOBE: Rubblebucket brings sound, spectacle to the party

May 4, 2012

On paper, Rubblebucket could seem like a hot mess. But the idiosyncratic eight-piece band — born at the University of Vermont, nurtured around Boston, and subsequently transplanted, perhaps inevitably, to Brooklyn — has fused its own fashion of heady dance-pop that somehow just works.

On the strength of a style melding propulsive polyrhythms, syncopated horns, new wave-era art-school rock, and gleaming pop, all within a slyly psychedelic aesthetic, Rubblebucket may be on the verge of a breakthrough. But despite the band’s growing success, it’s a work in progress.

“We’re not a band that has come out of the gates setting out to make this sculpted, perfect conceptual thing. It was totally raw and evolving at all times. We’re just kind of learning and discovering what we want to do as we go,” says trumpeter and bandleader Alex Toth, on the phone from San Diego during a recent tour.

Rubblebucket plays the Paradise Friday, May 4. 8pm. Boston.