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.