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Chris Jefferies meets NME’s latest trophy band, Rumble Strips
stalking the festivals | …and now for a word from our sponsor | sorry mate, one in, one out
Stalking the Festivals
With a headline slot on the NME Tour and a fist full of festival dates it’s going to take quite a lot to slow down this Devon Quartet. Their lively tunes are sure to prove a quick-fire summer hit in the vein of The Zutons having a BBQ with the Kooks. Upon arriving at the decadent Café Royal in Piccadilly Circus, it was clear to see that this was a band with the backing to go a long way, but the lads seemed casual and laidback, despite their glamorous surroundings.
Fresh from the South By South West festival in Texas, they waxed lyrical about the gigging routine, corporate sponsorship and summer festivals. “We saw a surprising amount of British bands out there, [SXSW] seems to be the main tactic for cracking America nowadays” remarked lead singer and guitarist Charlie Waller “Any surprises? Well, Mika actually, he was much better than I was expecting”. His words, not mine.
Glastonbury will undoubtedly be the highlight on their calendar and Waller was visibly excited to confirm that the band will be making an appearance at the nation’s favourite Hippy Fest. Amongst other summer dates, the band’s exhaustive schedule is set to take them to Scotland for T in the Park and Essex for V Festival.
Such touring obviously takes its toll on the band, and it wasn’t long before they began mentioning all the things they miss back home. “I think most of all I miss TV” said bassist Tom Gorbutt, before hastily adding “…oh, and my wife”. The rest of the band were quick to quip, with a suggestive wink, that they also missed his wife, but are looking into sorting out some CCTV footage to make up for it.

…And Now For A Word From Our Sponsor
The band denied the suggestion that they might let their accelerating fame turn them into demanding divas. Currently their tour rider consists of water and beer, but they are thinking of upping their demands to fruit and bread “y’know, to keep healthy”. Waller seems unconcerned at their brand name associations on the Topman, Shockwaves, sponsored NME tour: “I’ve always worn Topman, so its no problem putting your name to something you believe in”. The question ‘and how much are they paying you to say that?’ elicited a deliciously awkward silence…
When asked which would be their ideal brand to endorse, Waller suggested “Corona, it’s a nice laid back beer, you can drink it all day, its not a thug drink, like Stella”. Somewhere in Mexico a greedy corporate hombre is rubbing his hands together. Somewhere in Essex and enraged chav is sharpening his knuckle-dusters. Somewhere in Belgium a boring man is wondering exactly where his brand went so, so wrong… Gorbutt offered Wotsits as his ideal brand to endorse, since “you don’t hear so much about them at the moment, I think they’re due a revival soon”.

Sorry Mate, One In, One Out
So hyped is this band, that measly student journos didn’t even get to hear a note of their music for the sprawling media moguls. Upon returning to the venue after a brief pizza break, I was rebutted from their showcase performance by a burly bouncer who simply stated “one in, one out”, a phrase all too familiar from Tuesday night at Studio. As for the actual music, there are more than a fair helping of poppy melodies and quirky, yet memorable choruses. Recent singles ‘Motorcycle‘ and ‘Alarm Clock‘ get stuck in your head for reasons which I can’t explain. Hints at the soulful brass stylings of Otis Redding abound, and the band also quote David Bowie’s songwriting as a major influence. With a non-stop schedule and big name backing, it seems like this band’s style is going to go down like a watery Mexican beer this summer.

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  • katyf said:

    Chris I like the last picture. Nice touch

  • katyf said:

    Chris I like the last picture. Nice touch

  • katyf said:

    Chris I like the last picture. Nice touch

  • ChrisJ said:

    Haha, I wish I could take credit for the brilliant pictures, but that was an editorial master-stoke – nice job Ben!

  • ChrisJ said:

    Haha, I wish I could take credit for the brilliant pictures, but that was an editorial master-stoke – nice job Ben!

  • ChrisJ said:

    Haha, I wish I could take credit for the brilliant pictures, but that was an editorial master-stoke – nice job Ben!

  • BenR said:

    ahthankya

  • BenR said:

    ahthankya

  • BenR said:

    ahthankya