Fresh from the tea-and-cake Field Day festival, The Rumble Strips summon the sound of a good-time drinking band. There’s lots of clapping, honky-tonk Motown piano, acoustic guitar and repetitive chorus lyrics going, “There’s plenty of girls and boys in love”. All of this packed into two-and-a-half minutes: is it long enough to get you to break your conversation and dance on the pub tables?
Well, let’s consider the image. What of all these photos they’ve produced with them posing with saxophones and trumpets? Well, there is not much evidence here to prove they can actually play non-traditional rock instruments. Just a cute publicity stunt, then. And the frontman? It’s singer Charlie Wailer that gives us uplifting wholesome English vocals, enough to be the hundreds-and-thousands-covered icing on this fairy cake of a song. Should this song come on the pub jukebox, dancing and merriment will ensue.
But just not long enough for toes on tables.