The Complete 2012 Rock ‘N’ Roll Rumble Roundup

The Rumble is one big rock 'n' roll party.

The 2012 Rock ‘N’ Roll Rumble is in the books. In the end, Bow Thayer And Perfect Trainwreck were the last ones standing. Congratulations to those guys on a hard fought victory! It was no easy task. There were a ton of great sets during this year’s proceedings. Those that look at The Rumble as more of a festival than a competition have the right idea. It’s a phenomenal way to check out a bunch of local bands at the top of their game. Thanks to all of the bands for nine great nights of rock.

If you see this woman, thank her for being awesome.

Selecting those bands is no easy task. Anngelle Wood has had that responsibility for the past few years now. She’s done a wonderful job. Under her guidance, The Rumble has a renewed spirit of camaraderie. A rising tide lifts all boats and all that jazz. She also takes care of the behind the scenes stuff that needs to happen (prizes, sponsors, being a class act and having The Grownup Noise as the guest band, press and the like). It’s daunting task. I’d say it’s thankless, but a quick look at Facebook reveals quite a few deserving statements of gratitude heading her way. There should be more. I hope Anngelle and her crew (including Richard Bouchard of Boston Band Crush, Kerri-Ann Richard and John Robinson) realize how much fun The Rumble is for us local music fans. I’d like to personally thank Anngelle for having me on board as a photographer this year. It was exhausting, but such a blast.

Lastly, thanks to everyone who has checked out the site the past few weeks. I hope I was able to capture a few memorable Rumble moments. I leave you with photos and recaps of all 35 sets by the 24 bands that participated in this year’s event…

Bow Thayer plucking his way to the Rumble crown.


Bow Thayer And Perfect Trainwreck (2012 Rock ‘N’ Roll Rumble Champs)
Garvy J. And The Secret Pockets Of Hope And Resistance
The Grownup Noise (Guest Band)

Garvy J. bringing his Semifinal set to a raucous conclusion.

Semifinal Round

Bow Thayer And Perfect Trainwreck (Semifinal Night #1 Winner)
Garvy J. And The Secret Pockets Of Hope And Resistance (Semifinal Night #2 Winner)
Motherboar (Wildcard)
Cask Mouse
Ghosts Of Jupiter
The Rationales
Sherman Burns
Thick Shakes

Andrew Doherty of Motherboar tears it up in the prelims.

Preliminary Round

The Rationales (Preliminary Night #1 Winner)
Garvy J. And The Secret Pockets Of Hope And Resistance (Preliminary Night #2 Winner)
Ghosts of Jupiter (Preliminary Night #3 Winner)
Cask Mouse (Preliminary Night #4 Winner)
Bow Thayer and Perfect Trainwreck (Preliminary Night #5 Winner)
Motherboar (Preliminary Night #6 Winner)
Thick Shakes (Wildcard)
Sherman Burns (Wildcard)
Animal Talk
The Bynars
Cooling Towers
Endless Wave
The Fagettes
Grey Valley Ghost
The Grinds
Never Got Caught
Parlour Bells
Pray For Polanski
Streight Angular
The Susan Constant
The Tin Thistles