How did you meet and what’s the story behind your band name?
We met in the pub, but then isn’t that where all of life’s most important meetings take place? Actually, in truth the birth of Rubicava is a pretty convoluted (and uninteresting) story but the bare bones of it are as follows: Myself (Benj – the singer) and Jevon (himself – the guitarist) were in a progressive rock band called Dead Letter Office, which fell into disrepute for no good reason around the arse end of 2009. We started this new band as a means of continuing to put off our fledgling adulthood indefinitely. I met Kyle (the bassist and unofficial mascot) through mutual friends (I SAY friends, it was a girl I was attempting to woo/screw, she spurned my advances and I got Kyle instead… in the grand scheme of things I think I lucked out!) and we recruited Matt (the drummer) via gladiatorial combat… by which I mean flyers posted in and around the greater Hereford and Worcestershire area. The name of the band refers to an old Lucas Arts point-and-click adventure game called ‘Grim Fandango’. Rubicava was the city of the dead, but it was more full of life than any other City I ever have, or ever will visit.
How would you describe your music?
It’s miserable/hopeful rock and/or roll music for people who’ve forgotten what rock music really is or should be. In other words it’s real, it’s honest, it’s scrappy, it’s imperfect and it is what it is, for better or for worse.
What have you been up to so far and what can we expect over the coming months?
We wrote and recorded an album and an EP that many people have said many nice things about. Nobodies bought a shit load of either of um’, but then we’re not in this for the money… we’re in this for the chicks! In the coming months we’ll probably be working. We all have day jobs that we hate, because we’re human beings and not cardboard cut-outs. We have a new record’s worth of songs brewing, by the end of Summer they’ll probably be ready for human ears.
If you could duet with anybody who would it be and why?
Tom Waits, because he’s Tom FUCKING Waits.
What’s your desert island disc and why would you take this one album?
Grace by Jeff Buckley. Because it’s just better than anything else that’s ever been recorded. That or Ain’t No Doubt by Jimmy Nail obviously.