Similar Artists: The War on Drugs, Death Cab for Cutie, Christian Lee Hutson
Rigbi’s five members have known each other and been friends since kindergarten. Although the band formed in 2011, their circle of friends has played music together in various lineups and combinations since 2000. They’ve received praise from Buzzfeed and made the Top 25 on over 30 CMJ Radio Stations. Along with the release of Visionary, they started to put together Rigbi videos. They reached out to other musician friends and put together fun cover songs on the side. Their first official cover was “Let’s Be Still” by The Head and The Heart. It got shared on Twitter where The Head and the Heart’s label, Sub Pop, gave them the ol’ thumbs-up, and the band themselves shared it across their social media.
They were fortunate to work with Nataly Dawn of the YouTube-famed band Pomplamoose. She sang the other half of the duet on their song “As The World Unwinds,” and they were invited to San Francisco to shoot a video for it. Starting in 2019, each song they record, whether an original or cover song, is also accompanied by a video released on their Rigbi YouTube channel.
Their upcoming single, “I’m a Mess in Winter,” features a small guitar solo from Dave Depper of Death Cab for Cutie. At the height of the COVID pandemic, Depper posted on Instagram he would play on songs of people who donated to MusicCares (a non-profit that assists musicians in times of need) and match their donations. It was a great cause, and as big fans of the band and being no strangers to long-distance collaboration, Rigbi jumped on the opportunity.
The new EP from Rigbi, Find Your Light, shelters the wandering heart with a punctuated perspective. Touching on themes of how overthinking can cause mental distortion, it creates an effervescent remedy to soothe the soul. Each song on the EP – written, arranged, and recorded remotely – builds emotion through layering to tell a cohesive story. It also features a contribution from Dave Depper (Death Cab for Cutie) as part of a collaboration to give back to the MusicCares non-profit focused on mental health and addiction recovery. Read more
“I’m a Mess in Winter,” blankets a calm February night with a layer of splintering self-confession. The song captures the unrest of seasonal affective disorder’s (S.A.D.) lonely anxiety amplified by a chaotic world and the darkness of winter. The single features a guitar solo from Dave Depper (Death Cab for Cutie) and is due out February 7. It’s the lead single off the Find Your Light EP due out April 8 and includes a video on the band’s YouTube channel.
“The Good Years,” cruises down an endless stretch of midnight highway while the memory of yesterday lingers for one more moment. The song shimmers through a combination of an ‘80s synthesizer, steady drums, and a dancing bass line that drives the melody forward. The song carries an important message, acting as a reminder to stay in the present and enjoy the moments around you because time is ever fleeting. Singer and guitarist Jon Irizarry speaks to the lyrical process and meaning, citing a line from The Office, “There is a good quote from Andy (Ed Helms) where he says I wish there was a way to know you’re in the good old days before you’ve actually left them. I feel like that’s a great summary of this song”. There are so many friends, events, and relationships throughout our lives that the most important parts can be gone in an instant before you have a chance to realize it’s over. “The Good Years” speaks to the importance of slowing down and being present. Read more
Rigbi is and always has been:
Brian Cornish - Drums (also plays Saxophone/Flute/Clarinet/Vocals)
Jon Irizarry - Vocals/Guitar (also plays Piano/Drums/Bass)
Pat Maloney - Keys/Percussion/Glockenspiel (also plays Drums)
Randy Sabo - Bass (also plays Guitar/Vocals)
Rick Rogers - Guitar (also plays Bass/Vocals/Keys/Percussion)
Rigbi’s five members have known each other and been friends since kindergarten. Although the band formed in 2011, their circle of friends has played music together in various lineups and combinations since 2000.
“The grooves are strong in this new session from Rigbi. The New Jersey outfit are getting you ready for summer nights.”
“8 out of 10. An indie sweetmeat.”