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.
SONG YOU NEED TO HEAR: “A Closet For Derek”, off October LP Mondegreen
BIO:Idle Pilot is a rock band out of Lowell, MA. Following a demo and EP in 2013, they released their first full length album, titled ‘Mondegreen,’ under their old name ‘currents’. Due to forces outside their control the band was forced to change their name. They have signed on with Boston label Ocelot Records for the re-release of ‘Mondegreen’ under their new name and are continuously looking forward.
VIDEO YOU NEED TO WATCH: The official video for 2015 track “Build Ups”
WHY THEY CAN WIN: The last Lowell band to play the Rumble (we think) was Western Education, and they moved to the semis. But Idle Pilot are a different beast entirely, and their off-kilter brand of post-whatever/loud-quiet/tall-short/up-down brand of tumbling guitar rock has the ability to entrance and enrapture. They also have that Ocelot Records blood flowing through their veins, and those bands (2015 Rumblers Psychic Dog and Mercury on Mars, this year’s The Digs) are like some sort of gang these days. Room takeovers are likely.