Rock ‘n’ Roll Rumble, Spring 2015
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 many faces.
Bands are invited by me, Anngelle Wood, host of Boston Emissions on WZLX, formerly on WBCN (RIP) where The Rumble began all those years ago. I have hosted and produced The Rumble since 2009.
#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, Slaughter Shack, 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 can be found at the Rumble wiki page.
How Does It Work?
No band applies or pays to play in the Rock ‘n’ Roll Rumble. There is no application. It is simply sending music and contacting the show. What I look for when considering bands includes the following. This is the most basic criteria. Other considerations do and will apply.
Other important info for potential Rumble bands to consider.:
-Have proper contact information, release dates and band member information easily accessible online.
-Have someone who checks your band email regularly.
-Get high-resolution press photos taken, with permission for use.
-Have a professionally written band bio done for press.
What all bands should consider:
Get involved in your music community. This is as simple as attending other local shows besides your own and meeting people.
How is your band promoting yourselves?
Do you pay attention to what’s happening locally, on Boston Emissions, in the community? Get to know the other bands within your scene.
Leave the house. Go to shows.
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 announced. It is compiled all year long.
It has included some 80-100 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 they work to promote themselves. If I don’t hear from you at all, 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 throughout the year as well as bands that have gotten my attention during this time.
It is not the “24 best bands” in Boston. Some great bands say no.
While I appreciate any bands’ desire to be part of The Rumble, it is doubtful that I will respond to messages like, “I do Creed covers, can I be in The Rumble?” and “My 3rd cousin is in Godsmack, put me in The Rumble” (though that would entertain me), and “Why is my band not in The Rumble?” or “You suck because my band is the best in Boston and you should put us 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. People write to me to recommend bands. Bands write to simply express interest, ask a question, or send music and shows 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. Read this BE submissions page.
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.
Again, the 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