Reubens Cubed

Reubens Accomplice makes a bi-coastal album while still keeping a desert address

"We left that place just the way it was, with Astroturf insulation on the ceiling, hundreds of unsold copies of our single stuck on the wall, and a rat-infested couch," says Bufano, laughing. When they first got the place, they were visited by the police, even in the afternoon. And what did they do? They knocked on every house in the surrounding area till they found the sourpuss, assured the person that they were hard working lads, and the complaints finally stopped.

It's the same dogged determination Bufano and Corak bring to new tracks like "Big Apple Small Heart," which jumps through several stylistic hoops, from an earnest voice and violin reading to an insincere echo-filtered voice and distorted guitar, to a full-bore Guided By Voices-style rock throttle that doesn't relent until Bufano intones, "You turn me on." Then the track literally grinds to a halt.

The secret's out: Jeff Bufano (left) and Chris Corak of Ruebens Accomplice go for national attention while enjoying the perks of staying in AZ.
Matt Garcia
The secret's out: Jeff Bufano (left) and Chris Corak of Ruebens Accomplice go for national attention while enjoying the perks of staying in AZ.

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Scheduled to perform Friday, April 2, with Mellowdrone, Ticker Tape Parade, El Oso Negro and Reggie Patel. Doors open at 7 p.m. All-ages tickets are $8, available from Ticketmaster, 480-784-4444.
Marquee Theatre, 730 North Mill Avenue

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As for the final word, only the success of the album will determine whether Bufano and Corak can keep a band together cross-country and build a fan base beyond its desert borders. Even with the grudging disdain for Arizona, they seem to be here for the long haul. Says Bufano, "That's the one huge perk about living here. You can afford getting a shitty job working 15 hours a week, being 28 and throwing your life away. It's nice for touring bands who live here. You can leave for nine months, come back and feel like you weren't gone without missing a step, because nothing ever changes."

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