Our 3rd Music Video from our album “Worldy Wise” is out!

It was really fun working on this video for our song Treasure Racer. It’s almost July so it makes a good compliment for the summer!

Check out the premiere over at The Deli Magazine: http://portland.thedelimagazine.com/29816/premiere-rugby-treasure-racer

Or watch it here! If you like it then click to listen to the rest of Worldly Wise!


Good Dog Nigel Releases album recorded and mixed by Chris

Got a chance to work with the super friendly and talented Parkere Emeigh over the winter. I recorded and mixed three songs on his new Self Titled Album while we were in Virginia working on the next Rugby record. May have played a few synths on a song or two as well.

Take a listen:

Before we started recording Parkere asked me if he should bring a balloon. I said yes. He showed up with this:

We had a little fun choosing vocal mics.

Parkere finding the groove in a small dead room. AKA Myle’s childhood bedroom.

Getting in touch with nature.

And getting in touch with the kitchen.

What a nice guy.

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The Making of Worldly Wise

Chris here! Merry early Christmas.

Thought I would write a blog post to give everyone a little background on the making of our new album Wordly Wise.

Click here to get it on CD (Check out our shirts while you’re there.)

Click here to download it or hear it digitally.

rugbyfrontWorldly Wise is about getting older and finding out what life is really like. As terrible and exciting as that can be.

It took us six years of recording, mixing, remixing, then not being happy with it and recording again in Lynchburg, Virginia and Portland, Oregon.

Here’s a pic of me and Brandon writing early on in 2009: 26180_420917977305_507902305_5222459_5450439_n.jpg

 We spent several years playing touring, writing, recording 2 ep’s, and working out the songs that would eventually become Worldly Wise.
 All the drums were recorded in one 8 hour session and are played by original Rugby drummer Brandon Burneson before me and Millie moved to Oregon.
We recorded the pianos by sneaking into the practice spaces at Lynchburg College. Every song on the record is a different piano. Here’s my friend Michael Blatnik hanging out for a minute.
Lots of synths were involved in making this record. Here’s a picture of my room in the downtown loft apartment I lived in 2011. Lots of crafting.
155818_1558462692621_1566870194_31344813_7966118_nWe recorded a lot at friends and family’s houses as well. Here’s me recording guitars for Bag of Bones at Millie’s parents house:
Towards the end of the Virginia writing sessions,   Millie joined the band on synths and vocals to help fill in the gaps in the synth heavy recordings.
Me and Millie moved to Oregon in 2012. Here’s the studio in the living room of our first apartment in Portland:
We put Rugby on the back burner for a couple years while we got settled.  I played drums in an orchestral folk group for a while called The Breaking Yard. That was fun.
Here’s a picture of me playing with Breaking Yard on tour in Ireland:
I became a freelance sound engineer at the same time. Here’s a picture I took at a show I did with Jay Leno:
Meanwhile, Millie was working on her photography career and was having quite a bit of success at it. Click to see for yourself.
We restarted Rugby in early 2015. We found a drummer named Max and a guitarist named Sean. We started playing shows again for the first time in 3 years.
Around here at some point we did all the vocals. I did mine with my friend Matt James from the Breaking Yard.
And we did Millie’s at home.
 After a billion years, we finished our first single off of Worldly Wise called Breakfast Crew and put out a music video for it that we made ourselves. Sean recorded some stellar guitar on Breakfast Crew.
Here’s all four of us on the set of  the Breakfast Crew music video. 11725_10152947689120617_8656079118733481251_n.jpg
After a while Max ended up moving back to the East Coast and Sean decided he needed more time to work on his solo stuff.
A couple more months went by, we released our 2nd single off the record called Bag of Bones. Me and Millie made a music video for it out of a day trip to Astoria, Oregon.
In 2016 we found drummer Tim Van Cleave and guitarist Johnny Yugoslavia. These guys rock hard and have been playing with us all year.
Here’s a pic from our album release show:
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During all of this me and Millie were working very hard on finishing the record.
We had to learn how to mix. It took a lot of work to get things sounding decent. As much time as it takes to write and play the music. Mixing is hard!
We got Johnny to play some synths on Worldly Wise track Treasure Racer.
Here’s a pic of Johnny’s studio:
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After many late nights remixing and revising, and on the verge Millie breaking up with me over hearing the same 2 bars of some weird noise repeating over and over all day long, we finally finished it!
Then it was off to mastering:
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So it’s been a long road full of and twists and turns making this record. Most of the time while working on it I thought we would never finish it. And now that we are putting it out in the world, I feel very strange because this has been something I’ve been working on for what seem like forever. So please enjoy Worldly Wise and know that what you are listening to is our struggle, our pain, our bliss, our humor, our imperfections. Who we really are.
Thanks so much for reading this far. Your support really means everything to us!
Keep an eye out for us in 2017!
Click here to purchase Wordly Wise on CD and maybe a Rugby T-shirt.
Click here to purchase or listen to Worldly Wise.

Rugby’s new record: Worldly Wise is available for preorder with 2 new tracks streaming now!

Thats right! Rugby’s Worldly Wise drops on 10/22 and we still can’t believe we are finally sharing it.  It seriously feels like a miracle.

Two new tracks “Box Turtle” and “Be Kind Rewind” are streaming now! Preorder Worldly Wise on CD and digital on our Bandcamp. DIGITAL PREORDER IS ONLY $7! If you go for the CD, we’ll mail it out right away. No waiting!

In the meantime, 3 shows coming up:
11/12 – Seattle @ Hollow Earth Radio

11/13 – Olympia @ Le Voyeur w/ Washboard Abs and Le Grotto

11/18 – PDX @ Alberta Street Pub ALBUM RELEASE SHOW (You can pick up a copy before it comes out!) w/ The Mercury Tree and Zindu


We’ve been working on  Worldly Wise for 6 freaking years and hope that it brings you enormous amounts of happiness!

For those fans that have supported us throughout the years, thanks for your patience. Just want to say this one’s for you I hope it proves worth the wait!



The story behind our new single: Cinema Once

Hey everybody! Chris here. Today I’m putting out this brand spanking new Rugby song called CINEMA ONCE. Here’s a little back story.

In 2013, a year after I moved to Portland a friend of mine asked me to write a song for a short film she was working on. Having never written for film in my life and not having a clue what the film looked like I decided I would try and cram as many different feelings and musical sections as I could into a single song. The idea was that hopefully this approach would give her many options and she would be more likely to find something usable in the music.

She also needed it done in a month and for me that is lightning speed! I usually let songs gestate for a couple years (which may or may not be the best approach) so that was pretty cre cre. This song is interesting to me because it was under pressure so I didn’t have time to make everything perfect. I wrote it, borrowed some mics from work, recorded and played every instrument, mixed it, got it mastered and handed it off to her just shy of the deadline. Whew!

But then she ended up not using the song….

So I’ve been sitting on it not knowing what to do with it for 3 years. It’s not part of anything else I’ve worked on. I guess that was the gestation period. Anyway here it is! Purchase it, listen to it. Hopefully enjoy it! We really appreciate your support!



Here’s some instruments that were used:

The piano is my acoustic electric Yamaha CP 70



Casio Mt-100 is everywhere!


Just trying to make some World Class Rugby Tunes (Still gotta a lot of learning to get there!)






New Music Video & Single, “Bag of Bones”

Hey kids! Here’s a brand new music video and single for you! The song will be part of our upcoming full-length album, Worldly Wise, which has been in the works for about 5 years now.  “Bag of Bones” is the first officially released Rugby song written on the guitar. The music video was filmed in Astoria, Oregon in a single day and was edited by our very own photographer & videographer Myles Katherine. Featuring custom matching cat shirts by PDX designer, Rogue Minx. Let us know what you think (as long as you aren’t evil).

Available for purchase on iTunes!