Rubblebucket Revel in Millennial Misery on New Single, “Teardrops”

No one does Millennial misery like the dance-forward duo Rubblebucket | Chris Weiss, courtesy of the artist (Cropped)

Makers of eclectic, fanciful pop, Rubblebucket are back with “Teardrops,” an infectious bite of melancholia, and the first single since their breakout 2022 full-length Earth Worship.

Call it Millennial melancholy if you will. But in the current milieu, there are no sad songs; just songs. And on “Teardrops,” the Brooklyn indie duo made up of Annakalmia Traver and Alex Toth playfully bounce between the emotional guardrails of despondency, pushing the elegy format into anthemic territory by pairing big, sad lyrics with a effervescent synths, murky guitars and exuberant brass over an 808 backbone. Compared to the duo’s prior output — the bounce of “Morning In The Sun” or the dancefloor boogie of “Earth Worship” — the mid-tempo “Teardrops” is a downshift toward lounge territory. Yet, with lyrics like “Take me so deep / I become the rain,” the track offers plenty in the way of catharsis.

Traver and Toth first met as jazz students at the University of Vermont and have retained a bent toward the extemporaneous, boundlessly exploring funk, pop, dance and psychedelia on their way to being called “the indie rock Miami Sound Machine” by Rolling Stone. The group is currently on a tour of North America, which will bring them as close at the Georgia Theatre in Athens on November 8. View tour dates below our Fresh Squeeze playlist and watch the lyric video for “Teardrops” above.

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Rubblebucket Fall Tour Dates

Thu, Oct 26 – CONCORD, NH – Bank of NH Stage
Fri, Oct 27 – ALBANY, NY – Empire Live
Sat, Oct 28 – ITHACA, NY – State Theater
Sun, Oct 29 – BUFFALO, NY – Asbury Hall
Mon, Oct 30 – TORONTO, ON – The Velvet Underground
Tue, Oct 31 – DETROIT, MI – El Club
Thu, Nov 2 – INDIANAPOLIS, IN – Hi-Fi
Fri, Nov 3 – CINCINNATI, OH – Bogart’s
Sat, Nov 4 – EVANSTON, IL – Space
Sun, Nov 5 – EVANSTON, IL – Space
Tue, Nov 7 – CHATTANOOGA, TN – Barrelhouse Ballroom
Wed, Nov 8 – ATHENS, GA – Georgia Theater
Thu, Nov 9 – CHARLESTON, SC – Pour House
Fri, Nov 10 – CHARLOTTE, NC – Neighborhood Theater
Sat, Nov 11 – WAYNESBORO, VA – The Foundry
Mon, Nov 13 – BALTIMORE, MD – Soundstage
Wed, Nov 15 – JERSEY CITY, NJ – White Eagle Hall
Thu, Nov 16 – FAIRFIELD, CT – The Warehouse @ FTC
Fri, Nov 17 – PROVIDENCE, RI – Columbus Theatre
Sat, Nov 18 – NORTHAMPTON, MA – Academy of Music

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