In a city teeming with newcomers, Rubedo is a rarity: a born & raised Denver band that hasn’t forgotten its roots.
Since forming in 2010, bandmates Kyle Gray, Alex Trujillo, & Gregg Ziemba have released two studio records as Rubedo: Massa Confusa (2012) and Love is the Answer (2013). The trio’s latest record, Vaca (2017), is their first release without Ikey Owens (keyboardist for Jack White & The Mars Volta) at the helm -- who recorded, produced and played on the first albums and toured with Rubedo -- as Owens passed away unexpectedly in late 2014. Stunned, upset and unsure how to proceed without their unspoken fourth member, the trio decided to push themselves into uncharted territory, recording with musician/producer Johnny Bell at JazzCats Studios in Owen’s hometown of Long Beach, CA. The result is Vaca, a glimmering pop-minded piece of sonic catharsis, a therapy session created in honor of Ikey Owens. Unlike Rubedo’s past psych-rock leanings, Bell’s production takes the band’s specialty as a live act and translates that spirit into recorded form. It was mixed by the godfather of grunge Jack Endino and mastered by Dave Cooley of Stones Throw Records. Vaca is a record of Rubedo’s 20-plus years of friendship, a partnership with old school Denver roots, and an indelible Long Beach connection.