Welcome to the latest in a series of posts previewing the 2016 Rock And Roll Rumble, our city's annual throw down that doubles as a monthlong local music festival unlike any other. This year's Rumble goes down April 3 to April 22 at ONCE Ballroom and Lounge in Somerville, is organized and presented by Boston Emissions with Anngelle Wood, with the Verb Hotel and Vanyaland on board as official sponsors. For our full Rumble coverage, click here; for tickets and venue information, click here.
What You Need To Know:
Rock And Roll Rumble Preliminary Night 3
Tuesday, April 5 at ONCE Ballroom, 156 Highland Ave. in Somerville MA
With Idle Pilot, Field Day, Salem Wolves, Shatner
Doors at 8 p.m., 21 to drink, $10 in advance and $15 at the door
Advance tickets, Facebook event page
How The Night Stacks Up:
The third installment of a series is rarely any good (Matrix Revolutions, Rocky III, the inning number 3 of every baseball game ever played), but Night 3 of the Rumble preliminaries has an interesting narrative: four bands with very distinct sounds that should make it hard for the judges to walk in with any presumptions. From Idle Pilot's complex post-whatever compositions and Field Day's riffy indie-pop to Salem Wolves high-octane witch-punk and Shatner's pile-driving, out-of-fucks-to-give brand of rock, the competition will be left out on the floor. Three will be someone's magic number.
Get To Know The Bands:
9:45 p.m.: Field Day
HOMETOWN: Boston, Massachusetts
SONG YOU NEED TO HEAR: “Caroline (Crawling)” from their 2015 self-titled LP
BIO: Field Day are in love with classic pop and scrappy rock, dreamy harmonies and driving rhythms, crafty wordplay and big emotions. They combine honest, heart-felt lyrics with a raucous, barroom-rock style. It has been said that their songs “hint at some lost collaboration between Bill Janovitz and Kay Hanley, or Juliana Hatfield and Evan Dando.” The band formed in 2013 in Jamaica Plain. Combining experienced musicians who had played in bands all over the country and a former Boston Globe rock critic, Field Day have gone on to become a fixture on the local music scene. They’ve shared bills with some of the area’s most talented artists. The band are currently working on new material at Wooly Mammoth Sound with the legendary Dave Minehan at the helm.
VIDEO YOU NEED TO WATCH: “Let You Go”, live at the Lizard Lounge
WHY THEY CAN WIN: Because Joan Anderman is a rare breed who put her money where her pen is, leaving behind a life of writing about rock (she was a Globe music critic for a dozen years) to a joyride of playing it. Also, because maybe — just maybe — Field Day’s 2015 song “Caroline (Crawling)” might be the catchiest and coolest song heard through the halls of ONCE this spring.
TWITTER: Follow Field Day on Twitter @fielddaymusic