I don’t know if the world is ready for Boogie Boy Metal Mouth, but I’m glad they’re not waiting around to find out. They went all in at The Middle East for an Illegally Blind show.
Last week we met the Rock ‘N’ Roll Rumble Class of 2015. Last night we learned what the Preliminary Round lineups look like. Now it’s time to present The Rumble with this year’s Look How Awesomely Diverse These Bills Are Award. You can hear this perennial winner’s acceptance speech at TT’s the week of April 12th.
2015 ROCK ‘N’ ROLL RUMBLE PRELIMINARY SCHEDULE
Sunday April 12th, 2015 (FB Event)
9:00 – Mister Vertigo (Facebook | Twitter | Bandcamp)
9:45 – The Rare Occasions (Web | Facebook | Twitter | Bandcamp)
10:30 – Band Without Hands (Web | Facebook | Twitter | Bandcamp)
11:15 – Nemes (Web | Facebook | Twitter | Bandcamp)
Monday April 13th, 2015 (FB Event)
9:00 – Drab (Web | Facebook | Twitter | Bandcamp)
9:45 – Eternals (Facebook | Twitter | Bandcamp)
10:30 – Raw Blow (Web | Facebook | Twitter | Bandcamp)
11:15 – Duck & Cover (Facebook | Twitter | Bandcamp)
Tuesday April 14th, 2015 (FB Event)
9:00 – Le Roxy Pro (Web | Facebook | Twitter | Bandcamp)
9:45 – Salita (Web | Facebook | Twitter | Bandcamp)
10:30 – The Static Dynamic (Facebook | Twitter | Bandcamp)
11:15 – Psychic Dog (Facebook | Twitter | Bandcamp)
Thursday April 16th, 2015 (FB Event)
9:30 – Mercury On Mars (Facebook | Twitter | Bandcamp)
10:15 – Dan Webb And The Spiders (Web | Facebook | Twitter | Bandcamp)
11:00 – Dirty Bangs (Web | Facebook | Twitter | Bandcamp)
11:45 – Protean Collective (Web | Facebook | Twitter | Bandcamp)
Friday April 17th, 2015 (FB Event)
9:30 – Nate Leavitt (Web | Facebook | Twitter | Bandcamp)
10:15 – The Dirty Looks (Facebook | Twitter | Bandcamp)
11:00 – Murcielago (Facebook | Twitter | Bandcamp)
11:45 – Zip-Tie Handcuffs (Facebook | Twitter | Bandcamp)
Saturday April 18th, 2015 (FB Event)
9:30 – New City Ghost (Facebook | Twitter | Bandcamp)
10:15 – Yale, Massachusetts (Facebook | Twitter | Bandcamp)
11:00 – Soft Pyramids (Web | Facebook | Twitter | Bandcamp)
11:45 – The Warning Shots (Facebook | Twitter | Bandcamp)
More info: Rock ‘N’ Roll Rumble Website
The Static Dynamic
I’m not a slacker. The 2015 Rock ‘N’ Roll Rumble starts in just about a month and I aim to be ready for it. That means listening to a lot of new (to me) music. One song that caught my attention and made me hit repeat was this tune from The Static Dynamic. “Relentless” is compelling, dynamic* and melodic within its postmodern hard rock sound. Jess Collins’ vocals are stellar, deftly balancing power and restraint. The arrangement and energy are spot on. The band even flirts with prog rock tendencies while managing to keep things to a tidy 2:42. That kid of focus should make them a lean, mean, Rumble machine. The Static Dynamic are onto something.
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* I mean, it sort of had to be dynamic, right?
Flash Of White Light
Opening with the one-two punch of their recent 7″ and never looking back, Watts are keeping the flame of song-driven classic rock alive on Flash Of White Light. Right from the get-go it’s clear that Watts have logged more hours listening to Cheap Trick, The Raspberries, Kiss and AC/DC than I’ve spent doing just about anything. It’s in their DNA. When they toss out rippers like “Rocks”* or “Wasted Angels,” it’s clear where they’re coming from. They channel The Cars on “Better (For A Girl Like You).” They evoke memories of “Sweet Child O’ Mine” on “Flying Over With Bombs.” It’s everything I’ve come to expect from these guys. Thankfully. And then, with a sense of wonder and ringing in my ears, Watts reveal the man behind the curtain on “Trick.” Nice move, gentlemen.
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* Dig the left speaker guitar at the 1:10 mark. Awesome.
R U M B L E !
Here we go again, ladies and gentlemen. Anngelle Wood has done that thing she does and the Rock ‘N’ Roll Rumble Class of 2015 has been announced. One of these 24 bands will be the champ and don the Rumble Tiara. Which one? Your guess is as good as mine. Probably better. That’s the fun of the whole thing; it doesn’t matter! A good chunk of these bands will play the best sets they’ve ever played in front of large, appreciative audiences. If you’re shopping for a new favorite band, this would be a pretty good place to start.
The whole shin-dig kicks off April 12th. TT’s will once again play host. You can grab a full boat pass
starting at noon today right now over at the club’s website. Individual show lineups will be drawn from a hat live on the air Sunday night on Boston Emissions. Exciting. To tide you over, here are some handy links to get you jazzed. Jazzed!
“Celebrities On Ice”
I remember the first time I heard “Celebrities On Ice.” Parlour Bells had taken a bit of time off from live shows to do some writing. They returned to The Middle East last March with this stunner. I was hooked. Proving opposites attract, the cryonic preservation theme and raw, guttural guitar riffs team up for mischief. Other players in this sci-fi tragedy include martini robots, uncomfortable future truths, spacey synths, fleeting fame, holographic phones, extrasensory deception and a heavy hitting rhythm section. What does it all mean? I don’t know, but it sounds really cool.
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Life Goes On (Until It Don’t) EP
OK, folks, time to put on our optimist hats. Sure there may be multiple feet of snow on the ground and piles of the dirty white stuff that reach high up into the sky, but winter can’t go on forever. Summer will be here in no time, complete with a brand new crop of summer songs. Looking back, it’s safe to say that the summer of 2014 was the
Summer of Dudes Summer of Township. These guys put out four top notch EPs that season. I’ve written about a couple of them, but failed to mention my favorite. The Life Goes On (Until It Don’t) EP is the most seminal, horn throwing, unabashedly rocking set of tunes the band has bundled for mass consumption. The title track is hooky, vital and impossible not to sing along with. “Diamonds In The Floorboards” might be the band’s best live tune.* The recorded version is just as killer. The vocals are impassioned while the riff goes for the jugular. EP opener “Chevy Nova 1979” sounds exactly like a song with that title should sound. So, roll down the windows. Crank the stereo. Township just provided the getaway soundtrack for your next big heist.
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* Although the monolithic “Garden Of Our Love” gives it a run for its money.
Animal Talk makes living, breathing dance music. A year ago, they released Kid, an EP with a pulse as human as it is electronic. Why am I writing about it now? Because, today, the triumphant buzz and thump of songs like “Tie Me Up” and “Mama Was A Teenage Rocker” are keeping me sane. In fact, if I can play “Color Wheel” on repeat for the rest of the day I might just live to post again tomorrow. Guitars and effects blend into a kaleidoscope of sound. These songs get in my head and suddenly the world seems better than it probably is. That’s something.
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