Since 2009, Rugby has been finding seemingly impractical ways to combine pop sensibilities and childlike vocals with strange freak-outs. With influences ranging from Deerhoof to Mannheim Steamroller to Grimes, Rugby has created their own unique palette. Originally from Lynchburg, Virginia, Rugby often toured the East Coast as a piano and drums duo playing shows from New York City to Orlando, Florida. In 2012, Rugby relocated to Portland, Oregon, parting ways with their original drummer Brandon Burneson. After regrouping, Rugby now exists as a synth heavy 4 piece and has toured the West Coast several times. Following two EPs, their first full-length album comes out of years of trial and error.
Worldly Wise was written, recorded and mixed by Rugby over a six year period in Lynchburg, Virginia and Portland, Oregon. The mixing was as much a learning experience as the songwriting. Songs like “Box Turtle,” “Scrilla Mountain,” and “Breakfast Crew” offer glimpses of Baroque classical, prog, avant-garde, and electronic music as well as your meat and potatoes rock. Satire and playfulness also play a large role in songs like “Treasure Racer” that is about cartoon character Speed Racer blending his reality with an MS-Dos game called Treasure Cove.
Today we offer you the premier of Worldly Wise from Rugby. You can listen in its entirety below. Don’t forget to hook up with them on Facebook and their website. If you want to purchase Worldly Wise, click HERE.