There have been a lot of announcements regarding the 2016 Rock And Roll Rumble lately, from its new home of ONCE Ballroom and Lounge in Somerville, to word that Vanyaland is acting as this year's media sponsor. But tonight on Boston Emissions with Anngelle Wood on WZLX 1007. FM, the biggest announcement of them all has arrived -- these are the 24 bands throwing down in the World Series of Boston rock.
Wood, the Rumble's longtime curator, is announcing each band, one by one, tonight on Boston Emissions. As they are revealed, until midnight, we'll update this post with band links and embeds. In the meantime, here's some other pertinent info: The Rumble preliminary week runs April 3 to 9, the semi-finals are April 15 and 16, and the grand finale goes down on Friday, April 22. Individual nightly lineups and groupings will be unveiled next weekend (Sunday, March 13 on Boston Emissions). Rumble "Six Pack" preliminary week passes are on sale now, and ticket info and other Rumble info can be found at WZLX.com.
Let's get down to business... (bands listed in order or reveal)
Midshow update: New Hampshire's Scissorfight named as the special guest band at the 2016 Rumble. "This is my number one wish list Rock And Roll Rumble guest band," says Wood. Scissorfight will perform at the April 22 final.
Gold Blood & the Associates — Boston, Massachusetts
Gold Blood & Associates are a soul band that rocks, a rock band with soul. Intense and powerful, Gold Blood and Associates seamlessly blend the best parts of soul, rockabilly, psychedelic, and punk into a stage full of energy, and a room full of impassioned sound that has to be experienced. They aim to please. With an evolving cast of “associates” bringing in the sounds of horns, the five core members of the band write music drawing influence from Mike Patton to The Cramps to Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds to Medeski Martin and Wood to James Brown. Jed Gottlieb of the Boston Herald wrote, “This 8-piece chases Stax soul with such frantic pace, and they do it in combat boots.”