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.

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