KEXP at CMJ 2009, Day 3: Rubik

Rubik finally comes stateside all the way from Finland to celebrate their sophomore release, and United States debut album Dada Bandits. Their songs are beautiful, yet rhythmically off.  Artturi Taira’s vocals go against the grain of the rest of the instrumentation. It’s all very refreshing, yet structurally sensitive, like balancing rocks on top of one another, and one wrong move will topple the whole thing over.

The songs are bright and clean with tons of keyboard and computer effects, yet the group looks like disheveled mountain men. Taira joined forces with Sampsa Vaatainen to play drums, Smuli Poyhonen, guitar, Jussi Hietala, bass, and Tuomas Eriksson with guitar, and moved to Helsinki to get bigger than Radiohead. Festival goers can catch them tonight at The Studio at Webster Hall at CMJ Music Festival.

photos by Gabi Porter
Live at The Cutting Room Studios NYC

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