This article originally appeared on Boston Band Crush ).
Thick as Thieves:
Are you excited to be participating in the 31st WBCN Rock & Roll Rumble?
The Rumble is such a fixture in the Boston music scene and there is so much history behind it so, yes, we’re excited. On some level, I’m not a huge fan of local music “competing” for a title but it’s a good excuse to showcase a lot of great bands.
Are you afraid of the Rumble curse?
During the day: no. But at night, it’s a whole other story.
Do you plan on doing anything special or different for your set?
Tuning our instruments, playing a consistent beat, singing the right notes. Also: a mandatory pants policy has been issued for all band members.
How far do you think you’ll progress in the competition?
We’re betting heavily on this event and don’t want to skew the results by making predictions.
What’s your bet on who will make it to the finals?
The Fatal Flaw have a lot of post-season experience but with a weakened secondary, their pass-defense will give up some big yardage. It all depends on whether Joel Reader has fully recovered from the wrist injury he suffered in the 4th quarter against Tampa Bay (on what some have argued was a flagrantly late hit).
Are there any bands you would have picked for the line up this year
thatdidn’t get in?
Stephen Konrads(ex- The Peasantry) just released an amazing EP and is just generally awesome.
What band is your favorite past winner?
I know Aaron was a big fan of The Sheila Divine back in the day. Girls, Guns, and Glory have a great sound going on.
What past competitor do you think was most robbed?
Apollo Sunshine in 2003. What a killer band.
Any final words or smack-talk before the battle begins?
Scientifically speaking, we’re bigger than Jesus.