THE Rock ‘n’ Roll Rumble is a time-honored tradition, an institution and the World Series of Boston Rock. While it is technically a “battle of the bands,” and the longest running one in the country, it has grown into far more of a 9 night Boston music festival than a competition. Bands do compete. Make no mistake. They step up and step out and can really change their course in town and how they perform as a band. Fact.
All involved have an amazing experience of meeting new people, gaining new fans and rocking a lot of faces.
Bands are invited by Anngelle Wood, host of Boston Emissions — where the Rumble began all those years ago. Anngelle has hosted and organized the last 5 Rumbles, 2009-2014.
#RUMBLE35 raised the stakes. I will be looking at bands very carefully for 2015.
Those who agree to participate are paid to appear. Finalists get cash and prizes.
Past notables who have participated include ‘Til Tuesday, Morphine, Face to Face, Del Fuegos, Powerman 5000, Letters To Cleo, Piebald, Dresden Dolls, Amazing Royal Crowns, Moving Targets, La Peste, The Neighborhoods, Waltham, Darkbuster, Mission of Burma, Lost City Angels, Kings of Nuthin’, Quintaine Americana, Rods and Cones, The Sheila Divine, Seka, Gigolo Aunts, 6L6, Scissorfight, Sam Black Church, Gang Green, The Shods, Trona, Stompbox, Think Tree, Heretix, Tribe, O Positive, Lemonheads, Slapshot, Girls Guns and Glory, Blake Babies, Big Dipper, Cavedogs, Volcano Suns, Talking to Animals… much more at the wiki page.
How Does It Work?
No band applies or ever pays to play in the Rumble. There is no application. What I look for when considering bands includes the following. This is the most basic criteria. Other considerations do and will apply.
Rumble 2015 has already started!
(You can link your bandcamp to facebook, and your facebook to twitter!)
Other important info for potential Rumble bands should have:
-proper contact information, release dates and band member information easily accessible on web pages with someone who checks band email.
-high resolution band press photos with permission for use
-professionally written band bio for all press
What all bands should consider:
-get involved in the music community
-pay attention to what’s happening locally, on the show, in the community.
Get to know the other bands within your scene. Leave the house.
I am paying attention to what bands are doing. And not doing.
What’s The Deal?
Please know that the list of bands is started well in advance from actual time bands are chosen and announced. The process takes time. It has included some 100 bands and must be narrowed down to just 24. This is very difficult and much care is taken in the vetting process. I watch what a bands does, how active they are and how much they work to promote themselves. I don’t hear from you, it is safe to say you aren’t really working at it. Fair enough.
This very long list includes some of the most active bands over this past year as well as the ones that have gotten the show’s attention during this time. It is as very much about the work a band does throughout the year.
It is not the “24 best bands” in Boston. Some great bands say no.
While we appreciate any bands’ desire to be part of the Rumble, it is not likely that you will get a response for, “What’s the Rumble?” and “Why is my band not in the Rumble?” or “You suck because my band is totally the best band in Boston and deserves to be in the Rumble!” emails.
I’m pretty in tune to who is bitching online about the Rumble. Good for you.
Every effort will be made to respond to legitimate inquiries. Some bands write to simply express their interest, ask a question, or send music again as a reminder. This is all good business. Some bands may not be ready. Some bands may not have gotten airplay. It’s a good idea to send music.
Full-powered assbasketry could find its way into the public forum.
Thank you for caring. It really is an amazing experience for everyone involved. April is our favorite time of the year.
Our very public music submission information can always be found at http://bostonemissions.tumblr.com - please read it.
In the words of one of the most successful local bands of 2014, “We started to act like a band.” It showed.
Rumble design by Tyler Littwin/Blake Ink United
Photos by Johnny Anguish/Daykamp Music
David Santos of 2013 Rumble champs, Eddie Japan
Class of 2013
Blackbutton, Camden, Cancer Killing Gemini, Coyote Kolb, The Daily Pravda, The Deep North, Eddie Japan, Endation, The Field Effect, Glenn Yoder and the Western States, Herra Terra, Jack Burton vs. David Lo Pan, Lifestyle, Mount Peru, The New Highway Hymnal, The Okay Win, Parks, Ruby Rose Fox, The Suicide Dolls, Supermachine, Twin Berlin, Velah, Whitcomb, White Dynomite.
Bow Thayer and Perfect Trainwreck
Bow Thayer, from 2012 champions, Bow Thayer and Perfect Trainwreck
Class of 2012
Animal Talk, Bow Thayer and Perfect Trainwreck, BrownBoot, The Bynars, Cask Mouse, Cooling Towers, Endless Wave, The Fagettes, Garvy J. and the Secret Pockets of Hope and Resistance, Ghosts of Jupiter, Grey Valley Ghost, The Grinds, The Grownup Noise, Letterday, Motherboar, Never Got Caught, Parlour Bells, Pray For Polanski, The Rationales, Sherman Burns, Streight Angular, The Susan Constant, The Tin Thistles, Thick Shakes.
Photos by Daykamp Music // Design by Blake Ink United