RM Hubbert is a guitarist and (sometimes) singer from Scotland. He writes music about love, death, friendship, mental illness and occasionally a dog called D Bone. It's not as depressing as the previous sentence suggests.
One of Glasgow's more prolific artists, RM Hubbert has released music under a variety of guises since 1993. It was El Hombre Trajeado's triptych of albums released between 1997 and 2005 though,
that really put Hubbert on the musical map, earning swathes of critical acclaim, three Peel Sessions and support slots with the likes of
Sebadoh, Tortoise, Nick Cave,
Deerhoof, Mùm, Mike Watt and
The Delgados. Following El Hombre Trajeado's demise, guitarist Hubbert took a
break from playing live and began studying a host of different musical forms before returning to the scene in 2008 and self releasing his
debut solo album First & Last, in March 2010.
This album was later re-released on Scotland's legendary Chemikal Underground Records in February 2011.
The album's nine instrumentals skilfully blended elements of flamenco and samba with contemporary melodies to create a truly unique,
First & Last, by Hubbert's own admission, was informed by three dark events in his life;
the death of his father; his diagnosis with chronic depression and finally, the death of his mother. That these traumatic events resulted
in album of such beauty is testament not only to Hubbert's technical prowess as a guitarist but, perhaps more importantly, his considered
and subtle strengths as a composer.
With First & Last and a return to regular live performance, RM Hubbert's profile grew
steadily as he averaged over ninety shows a year and garnered support slots with Thee Silver Mt. Zion Memorial Orchestra Band,
Godspeed You! Black Emperor, King Creosote and Alasdair Roberts
as well securing the main support slot on both Mogwai's mammoth European tour, Bill Wells &
Aidan Moffat's UK and European tour and The Twilight Sad's UK tour.
The second album, Thirteen Lost & Found was released through Chemikal Underground Records on
January 30th 2012. Produced by long-time friend Alex Kapranos (Franz Ferdinand) the album features collaborations with some very special
artists including Hanna Tuulikki (Nalle, Two Wings),
Emma Pollock (The Delgados), Luke Sutherland
(Long Fin Killie, Bows, Mogwai),
Aidan Moffat (Arab Strap), Alex Kapranos and Alasdair Roberts amongst others.
Having found that it was easier to connect with people through music, Thirteen Lost & Found
was conceived by Hubbert as a way of reacquainting himself with old friends while making some new ones. Each piece was written
collaboratively with the respective artists; with the emphasis placed on spontaneity and experimentation. The resulting collection is
eclectic and beautiful: voice, percussion, violin, piano, banjo, accordion, vibraphone and gu zheng all joining Hubbert’s idiosyncratic
guitar over the eleven songs.
Thirteen Lost & Found won the 2013 Scottish Album of the Year Award, beating artists such as
Calvin Harris, Emeli Sande, The Twilight Sad and Lau.
Breaks & Bone, his third album for Chemikal Underground (released 27/09/13), saw Hubbert
return to solo guitar performance, albeit augmented for the first time with his own vocals. Conceived as an end to the 'The Ampersand Trilogy',
Breaks & Bone explores the ideas of letting go of grief, accepting depression and finding new
love. The album alternates between instrumental and vocal tracks, tied together beautifully by Paul Savage's haunting, minimalist production.
This album signalled a return to the live stage after a 9 month break for Hubbert for a highly successful UK tour playing to his largest
audiences yet including sold out crowds in Glasgow, Manchester, London & Bristol.
Breaks & Bone was shortlisted for the 2014 Scottish Album of the Year Award.
September 2014 saw the release of Ampersand Extras; A collection of rarities, b-sides and
unreleased pieces taken from the sessions for the previous three albums.