Troubled Hubble takes the stage this weekend

by Matt Edwards

Troubled Hubble has four albums out and you probably haven’t heard any of them. With Penturbia, the Chicago band’s latest release, it is a good time to give the young band a listen.

If you’re wondering, the band got their name straight off the newspaper headlines several years back. The headline, “Troubled Hubble,” was describing NASA’s Hubble space telescope continually having problems and breaking down.

And now that the band’s name is explained, maybe it’s time to break down the title of their latest album. Penturbia is defined as “having in abundance what suburbia lacks: beautiful open space, mostly uncongested rural roads, clean air and water as well as friendly communities.”

The power pop that lies within Penturbia fits the definition quite well.

The tracks are crisp and refreshing, almost good enough to eat. The production work on the album gives it a nice clear and soft finish, like that of a cool, bubbling brook; the songs all flow together quite nicely. To top if off, Troubled Hubble’s music is full of squeaky clean lyrics and wholesomeness.

Not so fast, though. Don’t assume that cleanliness equals dullness.

On the contrary, Troubled Hubble’s music is addictive, eccentric, crazy, catchy stuff.

The band’s sound can be compared to a variety of influences. Troubled Hubble’s sound is some sort of mix between Ben Folds Five, They Might Be Giants, Built to Spill, Semisonic, and some Phish thrown in for good measure. However, a close listen to each song on Penturbia would elicit the comparison to tons of other great bands.

Penturbia’s lead track, “Understanding Traffic,” will pull you into the Hubble experience with it rolling vocals and soaring guitars.

The highlight of the album would have to be “I Love My Canoe.” Its entrancing catchiness is impressive and the song could fit in between nearly any two songs on the radio today without a problem.

With Penturbia, Troubled Hubble has been gaining popularity in the college scenes across the country. Once you listen to the album, you’ll feel proud. You’ll be proud of yourself for giving something new a chance, and really enjoying it.

Penturbia is one of those albums that you will want to share with everyone you know.

If you want to truly share in the good times, grab some friends and catch Troubled Hubble in concert, 9:30 p.m. Friday in Hopper Gym.