A Night at the Rock and Roll Rumble.

For my first rumble experience of 2012, I arrived very early, and a little timidly, to prop up the bar while the bands readied themselves around me. I was feeling rather like an outsider to the event to begin with, but I had forgotten how close-knit this community of musicians and music fans really is, and how irresistible the pull is to feel at home with them.

Cask Mouse had perhaps the most difficult task at the outset: to launch their part of the show with enough energy to absorb a crowd still pouring in at the door, and yet keep the delicacy that underlies their sound. For all the rumble bands though, this balancing act is perhaps the biggest challenge of the night. It must be tempting, I guess, to try to blast your audience (in volume but also in bluster) with the music you care so much about, in the name of giving your all.

Read the rest of my review here.