Rumble - Lowell, MA
By Pat Ferris
We got down to the wire this month between a few bands that we wanted to feature on our
site, but the band I felt most deserving was the #1 referring band to our site for 2
months in a row...a hard rock/rap band from Lowell, MA (Near Boston).
Similar to Rage Against the
Machine or the Red Hot
Chilie Peppers, Rumble's music covers all bases from metal to funk to rap, drawing
fans from all age groups and cultures. I had the chance to hear their music at their MP3.com page,
and I think you'll agree that they're on the cutting edge of what is happening in the
music scene. You can find out more about the band, tour schedules and where to
purchase their music by visiting Rumble's
A last minute effort was able to corner Skunk (the guitarist) for an ICQ
interview, and here is what was said...
<Rumble> What's up
<HotBands> Let's just go with the flow. First of all, let's go over the band
member's...names, instruments, etc; Skunk (you) - Guitar, D-2e - (pronounced D-double-E );
<Rumble> Gutterboy is the(aka GB) is the bass player, and Pace (pronounced
pah-chey), our drummer, is the newest member.
<HotBands> How many years has the band been together, and who are the founders?
<Rumble> D-2e & GB formed the band in 1993. I joined in 1996 and we've been
through way too many drummers (Spinal Tap). Pace just joined in March.
<HotBands> Boy does that sound famliliar! How many CD's do you currently have
<Rumble> Two. Our first full length CD, "Mutate", came out in 1995 (about
4 drummers ago.) "Liquor Store, Laundromat, Chinese Restaurant" came out last
year, but even that drummers gone.
<HotBands> So, do they keep spontaneously combusting?
<Rumble> No although sometimes I wish they would!
<HotBands> You guys seem to have a pretty good following. As I mentioned, you were
the #1 referring band to our site for the last two months. The pics on your site show some
pretty big concerts, so I'm assuming that you your following is decent?
<Rumble> Yeah, although the photos are a bit misleading. The pics on the site are
from two huge festivals we did, which included some national acts, so not everyone was
there to see us.
Obviously, you must have SOME following because you were able to get the gigs in the first
<Rumble> We do have a very good following within MA and New England.
<HotBands> Are you touring?
<Rumble> Oh definitely...weve paid our dues and have been playing tons of
shows. We did over 100 last year all across the East Coast.
<HotBands> Wow! Thats a ton! Do you have any plans for Mid-West, West Coast or
<Rumble> We did a couple gigs down south in Atlanta and North Carolina, and we would
love to get out West and branch out, but without financial backing it's gonna be very
difficult... We all still work day jobs!
<HotBands> I hear you! That's one of the problems with most of the
bands...everyboydy has a day-gig and it's hard to pick up and leave without any money
coming in. Hopefuylly, the Internet will make world-wide tours a reality without leaving
your home! Live concert streaming is where it's going to go, and the bands that understand
the internet and empower themselves with it will be the ones on top of the game.
<Rumble> Any band that is not trying to make a presence of themselves on the
internet is missing out.
<HotBands> How many sites is your band listed on?
<Rumble> I can't even keep track of them anymore. There are so many sites out
<HotBands> And each one drives a little traffic your way.
<Rumble> Exactly. These web sites are nothing but free publicity for bands.
unfortunately, theres a lot of junk out there too.
<HotBands> How would your classify your music?
<Rumble> We classify ourselves as rap-core although we're very different from
most other rap -core bands because our singer actually "sings" as well as
rap/scream/cuss/etc. Theres a lot of heavy metal influence in the music mixed
in with blues, funk and classic rock . We come from four different musical backgrounds and
the mix together is really unique.
<HotBands> What type of audience do you cater to?
<Rumble> We play a lot of 21+ clubs and go over really well, while at the same
time, we'll play all ages shows at halls and festivals, and the kids love it to.
<HotBands> Have you spent any time marketing yourselves in Europe or Asia? I know
that there is a voracious appetite for American music overseas, and many of the bands
HotBands has interviewed have had a lot of success outside of the United States.
No we haven't . I think you're right about that, but its difficult enough trying to
get airlplay and gigs in our hometown. I don't think we could afford to put ourselves on
<HotBands> I've been to Boston before and noticed it wasn't really
"band-friendly", but that was in the early 90's. Seattle, (where I grew up and
went to college) has ALWAYS been really open to the music scene (although the musicians
here still complain and will tell you different). I've been around the country enough to
see what's up, and Boston isn't the easiest
market to break into.
<Rumble> No its really sad. In fact, its even worse than when you were last
here. There are only about 4-5 clubs in Boston that hare even worth playing. There is a
really good scene in Boston with a lot of talented bands, but nowhere to play!
<HotBands> Berkley School of Music must crank out a lot of good bands....competition
HAS to be tough out there!
<Rumble> I dont think of it as competition out there at all. I abosolutely
love it when a freind's band does well. Its good for the scene in general.
Everything we've accomplished so far would not have been possible without all of the
networking we've done with other bands.
<HotBands> Do you have any "special thanks" that you would like to extend
to some of the bands in your area? Get them on our site too!! :-)
<Rumble> Definitely! Gargantua Soul from Connecticut, and Eastcide from MA,. We play
with those guys quite a bit and they're all great guys.
<HotBands> Are they also rap-core (bands)?
<Rumble> Yes but its funny because each of us sound completely different.
Rap-core is such a genercic term.
<HotBands> I know, rap-core is a general term that will attract people that like rap
and metal. I wouldn't think that hip-hop or true rap are even close to rap-core. I would
classify rap-core more along the metal lines.
<Rumble> I agree. But we have played with straight up rap bands. (and blues bands)
we'll play with anyone.
<HotBands> That's great that you guys don't seem to have an attitude about
"your style" of music. In my opinion, it's all good, and some of it is great.
<HotBands> What are your intentions for upcoming tours over the summer, or your next
<Rumble> We are booked through June and July mostly in the New Engaland & New
York area. Hopefully more dates will be added tthhrought the rest of the summer .
<HotBands> Let's talk for a minute about the MP3 and Napster flap. What is your take
<Rumble> I think Napster is kidding themselves if they think they're not
breaking a law.. but who doesn't break the occasional law now and then? MP3, on the other
hand, is the best thing to happen to independent bands in a long time! We've had nothing
but posititve results!
<HotBands> Do you mean MP3 the sound files, or the MP3.com the site?
<Rumble> Both. We started out on MP3.com and now have MP3s on a bunch of
sites. The Internet is full of so many resorces and 99% of them are free. It just takes a
little amibition to figure out which are worth your time and which are just trying
to take money from naive bands
<HotBands> How did you find us?
<Rumble> I have no idea... our singer does a lot of the promotional work and I do
all the techinical. He sent me an email about your site and I put the banner up.
<HotBands>Well, I want to thank you again for the traffic! Youve sent a lot of
people to our site!
<Rumble> I would like to mention that we just recorded 3 new tracks that we're
only making available through the internet (for FREE of course),. Were using them to
shop for labels so they could be the start of the next Disc.
<HotBands> Is that on your site, or Mp3.com?
<Rumble> One of the tracks ins on Mp3.com...
one on farmclub.com, and one on garageband.com (which, by the way, ,
we finished # 1 in the qualifiying round)
<HotBands>Let's see...what haven't we covered? OH! Your bassist got his gear ripped
off last nite? What's up with that?
<Rumble> I think this band is cursed! This is the fourth time this has happened in
the past two years!
<HotBands> Man! I'm sorry that you've had this happen, and hope you get it back!
Yeah we'll put be calling all the local pawn shops tomorrow.
<HotBands> I hope you got serial numbers, etc. Can you give a description of what it
is now? If so, I'll make sure to include it in this interview so the rat-bastards that
stole your stuff can see how un-cool it is from MY perspective! I've been ripped off twice
a, losing a Steinberger and a Modulus bass along with all my gear.
<Rumble> Fortunately, neither of his "babies" were in the room! They
kicked down the door at the jam room and stole his head (a brand new Mesa Boogie M-2000
rack mount) and his 1 week old cab (an Ampeg SVT 8x10).
<HotBands> Is there anything you want to say to the readers of this review out in
<Rumble> Id just like to thank everyone that supports our web site and
especially for supporting the sites we link to . Its the support of the fans that
helps us to get features like this one and keep our audience growing.
<HotBands> Thanks for taking the time for the interview, and I look forward to
seeing you guys in the future!
<Rumble> Thanks Pat!