Earthless is the brainchild of Mario Rubalcaba, Mike Eginton and Isaiah Mitchell. Rubalcaba, a prolific drummer, has worn the alias of Ruby Mars during his stint with Rocket From The Crypt, went on to bang away for the Hot Snakes, was the drummer for hardcore art-punks Clikatat Ikatowi and previously was in the The Black Heart Processionâ? and prior to that? Mario was a member of Tony Alvaâs Alva Team skateboarding crew. He now finds himself, along with bassist Mike Eginton and guitarist Isaiah Mitchell, knee deep in the near opposite direction of all things punk rock, ensconced in the world of jam, space and âcosmic noddingâ a.k.a. Earthless.
The trio, based out of San Diego, met through mutual friends and a fondness for under the radar record collections. Mario explains how the band connected, âWe discovered a mutual admiration for a lot of Japanese psychedelic hard rock bands, as well as primitive â60s garage music. After combing over each otherâs record collections and lending out records, we came upon the idea of, âLetâs specifically start a Japanese-psychedelic-heavy-Kraut-rock-band.â With the Japanese bands, it was always a really kind of heavy, blues, twisted take on Black Sabbath or Led Zeppelin. Isaiah is an awesome guitar player & Mike is an amazing bassist, playing with the both of them really sealed the deal. Magic happened in the room. Since then, weâve followed that formula.â
Recently signed to Tee Pee Records, Earthless issues their debut album, Rhythms from A Cosmic Sky, this May. While Mario, Mike and Isaiah can be the most precise of musicians, the group also revels in adding a healthy amount of jam to the mix, as evidenced by the albumâs two extended tracks âGodspeedâ and âSonic Prayer.â âThereâs a lot of improvisation, a lot of room to be spontaneous and wander off. We always have certain riffs that we know to go into. If the beat changes a little bit, and we give theâ?we call it the âcosmic eyeâ or the âcosmic nodâ to go into this other part that we have, we just have these certain sections that we go into, and it always seems to work out.â The albumâs third track is a cover of The Groundhogsâ âCherry Red.â