On July 4, Rubedo Raised the Standard for Putting on a Show
Rubedo means the fourth and final stage of alchemy. It signals alchemical success,
Rubedo is made up of three musicians who couldn’t be more different. Gregg Ziemba is a hurricane on the drums, and he sat, shirtless, pounding his snare like he wanted to punch a hole through it. He would be right at home in a punk band or a pop punk band that stands a chance of containing his seemingly infinite energy. Lead singer Kyle Grey, sweat dripping from his unruly hair, writhed as he twisted knobs on his synth, spouting lyrics about how love is the answer. At other times, he played the ukelele like his true dream is to start a ukelele-only band. Guitarist Alex Raymond spent most of the set with his mouth agape in a silent scream as he jumped and twisted, creating more sound
The three disparate elements combined create some kind of completely novel psych rock. At moments catchy and fun, at others mysterious, dark, almost consumed by cacophony. It’s unlike anything you could hear from a local band on Saturday night, but
For starters, Rubedo decided to throw a show on July 4, a day most patriotic revelers are either drinking and watching fireworks or asleep from a long day of drinking and fireworks and hot dogs. The band promoted the show months in advance, even holding a line party to get friends and fans to buy tickets long before they had considered their July 4 plans.
To open the show,
Towards the end of the show, as Raymond played a continuous psychedelic melody,
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