Artist of the Week: The Rumble Strips

Have you ever been in the situation where you are driving long distance on a road trip and are struggling to keep your eyes open? In your haze you veer off of the road, and are shocked and startled awake by the bumpiness you encounter on the side of the highway. The shock you feel when you are awakened is provided by a marvel of modern technology called ‘rumble strips’. That startling and exhilarating feeling is similar to the excitement you feel when you first hear the British band The Rumble Strips, who are aptly named after the bumps found on the side of the road.

The English band’s members have been friends since childhood. They released their first EP in November 2006, entitled Cardboard Coloured Dreams. The Rumble Strips then released their first full-length album, entitled Girls and Weather, in 2007. The Rumble Strips feature a unique sound, complete with a horn section and almost unilaterally accessible lyrics.

Charlie Waller, the band’s frontman, earnestly conveys his stories with an assertive presence. The band’s first full-length Girls and Weather is a powerful record laden with bittersweet stories. Stand out tracks on the album include “Cowboy” and “Girls and Boys in Love,” both of which have been in heavy rotation here on BTR.

The Rumble Stips have recently been announced as a headlining band for Austria’s Snowbombing 2009 festival. The band will round out a bill which also features indie darlings Ladyhawke and Mr. Hudson and The Library.

The band’s music is extremely catchy and their live show is not one to be missed. Listen up to BTR for music from The Rumble Strips and if you have the opportuntyt, be sure to catch the group on tour!



Mar 3 2009 at Tap N Tin 18+ Show in London, UK
Mar 4 2009 at Thekla 14+ Show in Bristol, UK
Mar 5 2009 at The Cavern 16+ Show in Exeter, UK
Mar 6 2009 at Clwb Ifor Bach 14+Show in Cardiff, Wales
Mar 8 2009 at Guildhall 14+ Show in Gloucester, UK
Mar 9 2009 at The Rainbow 14+Show in Birmingham, UK
Mar 10 2009 at The Roadhouse 18+ Show in Manchester, UK
Mar 11 2009 at The Cockpit 14+ Show in Leeds, UK
Mar 13 2009 at Fibbers 14+ Show in York, UK
Mar 14 2009 at King TuTs 18+ Show in Glasgow, Scotland
Mar 15 2009 at The Doghouse 14+ Show in Dundee, Scotland
Mar 16 2009 at The Cluny 18+ show in Newcastle, UK
Mar 18 2009 at The Plug 14+Show in Sheffield, UK
Mar 19 2009 at The Charlotte 14+ Show in Leicester, UK
Mar 20 2009 at The Soul Tree 16+ Show in Cambridge, UK
Mar 22 2009 at The Arts Centre 14+Show in Norwich, UK
Mar 23 2009 at The Joiners 14+ Show in Southampton, UK
Mar 24 2009 at Komedia 14+Show in Brighton, UK
Mar 25 2009 at Dingwalls 14+Show in London, UK
Mar 27 2009 at The Rockhouse 14+Show in Derby, UK
Mar 28 2009 at Charlie Browns 16+Show in London, UK


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