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Rumble Strips / September and October 2009 UK Tour

 
By on Tuesday, 14th July 2009 at 8:41 pm
 

Mark Ronson’s latest protege’s, The Rumble Strips, have announced an early Autumn tour of the UK.

Tickets are on sale now for all dates. Catch the guys at:

Monday 21st September 2009 – Nottingham Rescue Rooms
Tuesday 22nd September 2009 – Norwich Waterfront
Wednesday 23rd September 2009 – Manchester Academy 3
Thursday 24th September 2009 – Leeds Cockpit
Friday 25th September 2009 – Birmingham Academy 2
Sunday 27th September 2009 – Newcastle Academy
Monday 28th September 2009 – Glasgow ABC 2
Wednesday 30th September 2009 – Portsmouth Wedgewood Rooms
Thursday 1st September 2009 – Bristol Thekla
Friday 2nd September 2009 – London Heaven

 

Album review: The Rumble Strips – Welcome to the Walk Alone

 
By on Monday, 22nd June 2009 at 5:08 pm
 

Rumble Strips - Welcome to The Walkalone (album cover)Devonshire-bred band, The Rumble Strips, primarily gained a named for themselves back in 2007 following the release of their debut album, ‘Girls and Weather’. Filled with soulful pop tinted with hints of reggae and ska, the band sounded like something along the lines of a modern day twist on Dexys Midnight Runners. Fun, uplifting and chirpy, The Rumble Strips were a refreshing and highly welcomed difference among all the cliché indie/nu-rave bands of the time. Hits included ‘Alarm Clock’, ‘Motorcycle’ and ‘Girls and Boys in Love’. However, for just over a year, the band have been in hiding alongside tabloid-favourite, Mark Ronson. The music producer mogul, revered by some, despised by others, was eager to get his hands on the band’s new material ever since the Strips’ frontman, Charlie Waller, sung with Ronson at the BBC Electric Proms back in 2007. The result? ‘Welcome to the Walk Alone’, the band’s finely-tuned second album set to be hit the shelves next month. TGTF, however, were lucky enough to grab a sneak preview of the new record this week.

One thing I initially noticed about the record was the fact the band have took on quite a more epic, orchestral sound. Opening track, ‘Welcome to Walk Alone’, kicks off like a dramatic Western movie, with dark brass and slick percussion leading nicely into Waller’s Brandon Flowers-esque vocals temptingly inviting us to “come right in, make yourself at home”. Sultry trumpets mid-way give this track a jazzy feel while the guitars amid the verses have an exotic psychedelic edge. The lovely ‘Daniel’, meanwhile, ultimately gives way to dramatic, Last Shadow Puppet-stylee instrumentation, while the stormy and brooding ‘Happy Hell’ is made all the more epic thanks to it’s striking strings.

From ‘Daniel’, we have ‘Douglas’, a sweetly, slower-paced retro pop number – just perfect for gently swinging petticoats to while at the dance-hall. Meanwhile ‘Raindrops’ is a similarly vintage sounding track, complete with jazzy-come-military percussion and a glorious brass led midsection. The fairytale-like ‘Dem Girls’ can only be described as audio-sunshine, while the speedy ‘London’ gallops directly into an explosive jolly ska-pop chorus which sees Waller repeatedly ask “Why can’t I love you in London?”.

Unsurprisingly, the album’s debut single, ‘Not the Only Person’, is perhaps the record’s top track. The song anxiously builds before detonating into a fireworks-of-a-chorus. Waller passionately sings out “You’re not the only person to get it wrong! It’s alright!” to the backing of spiky orchestral strings and excitable crashes upon the cymbals.

Limper tracks on the album, such as ‘Back Bone’ and ‘Sweet Heart Hooligan’ primarily go unnoticed due to the fact that they just, well, fail to lift off the ground. They miss those key hooks that the rest of the album possesses. Still, this is not to say they’re bad songs – quite the opposite. ‘Sweet Heart Hooligan’, for example, really allows you to appreciate Waller’s vocals thanks to the song’s simple, piano-based structure.

So while many artists’ may dread that ‘difficult second album’, The Rumble Strips have managed to combat the whole process quite brazenly. Indeed, ‘Welcome to the Walk Alone’ is a more than impressive turn-out. They’ve tweeked their sound a little, grown somewhat more epic (perhaps thanks to the Ronson), but all the while, have managed to maintain that key sense of happiness and fun that made The Rumble Strips so appealing to so many when they first came onto the scene a few years back.

The Rumble Strips‘ new album, Welcome to the Walk Alone is out on July 13th and is available to pre-order now.

 

Bands To Watch #49 – The Rumble Strips

 
By on Monday, 1st December 2008 at 3:58 pm
 

The Rumble Strips were formed by the failure of another band called Vincent Vincent & The Villains who in my opinion lacked one of the few “V” words they left out of their name – Variety. Rumbles lead singer Charlie Waller abandoned the group to rejoin with old school friends and having followed the band for a while this seems to have been a great move to make.

The Rumble Strips can be a reviewer’s nightmare. Their sound is hard to compare with anyone else and they really are in a genre of their own. If I had to put my finger on it I would say they were some sort of alternative ska band but the band has such a depth in flavour. Lead vocalist Charlie Waller has an instantly recognisable voice and the range of instruments the band use such as sax’s and trumpets add to the group’s distinction.

Lyrically the band are not the most captivating and on the first listen you may not be hooked but the mellow tunes settle down and really sink in after a while. Stand out tracks that the band have produced have to be “motorcycle”, “Time” and an inventive cover of “The Boys are Back in Town” which all seem to sum up the bands talent pretty nicely.

I don’t believe the band are the most amazing thing you will hear and it won’t change your life or anything but The Rumble Strips are far from an average band with catchy melodies chanted from brass instruments and chirpy guitar chords.

They’re on tour in March next year, so be sure to check them out.

 

The Rumble Strips / March 2009 UK Tour

 
By on Thursday, 27th November 2008 at 6:29 pm
 

The Rumble Strips have announced a string of dates around the UK next March in support of their new album, which is produced by Mark Ronson.

Tickets are on sale now, priced between £7.00 and £9.50 each.

Wednesday 4th March 2009 – Bristol Thekla (Tickets)
Thursday 5th March 2009 – Exeter Cavern (Tickets)
Tuesday 10th March 2009 – Manchester Roadhouse (Tickets)
Wednesday 11th March 2009 – Leeds Cockpit (Tickets)
Friday 13th March 2009 – York Fibbers (Tickets)
Saturday 14th March 2009 – Glasgow King Tuts (Tickets)
Sunday 15th March 2009 – Dundee Doghouse (Tickets)
Monday 16th March 2009 – Newcastle Cluny (Tickets)
Thursday 19th March 2009 – Leicester Charlotte (Tickets)
Friday 20th March 2009 – Cambridge Soul Tree (Tickets or Tickets)
Sunday 22nd March 2009 – Norwich Arts Centre (Tickets)
Monday 23rd March 2009 – Southampton Joiners (Tickets)
Tuesday 24th March 2009 – Brighton Komedia (Tickets)
Wednesday 25th March 2009 – London Dingwalls (Tickets or Tickets)
Friday 27th March 2009 – Derby Rockhouse (Tickets)

 
 
 

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