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Live Review: Dane Rumble – Wednesday 18th May 2011 – Vibe Bar, London, UK

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Kiwi singing hottie Dane Rumble has quickly become a household name in his native New Zealand. Emerging from the 2008 disbanding of the successful hip hop collective Fast Crew, Dane declared his homeland celebrity status after the release of his giant top 20 debut hit Always Be Here took the radio waves hostage.

Following up with his 2nd smash hit, Don’t Know What To Do, the singer then unleashed the incredible single Cruel which secured a Top 3 position for Rumble and helped generate a buzz throughout the rest of Australasia. That buzz was then backed up by the release of his debut solo outing, The Experiment, in March 2010 and has helped Rumble shift in excess of 100,000 records so far. Not bad for a lad from suburban New Zealand.

With worldwide success beckoning it was only a matter of time before the rest of the globe would get a piece of one of the biggest exports and brightest stars to emerge from the kiwi music scene.

As part of a hectic promotional tour of the UK and following some successful dates throughout the United States the stage was set at Brick Lanes Vibe Bar in East London to showcase the next big pop act of 2011.

Over the duration of 45 minutes we were offered a superb set of tracks taken from Rumble’s full length record. Although the UK is currently only being teased with a five track EP, everyone was given a glimpse into the full length Australasian version.

Among the set we heard all four of Rumble’s Top 20 hits – The amazing Don’t Know What To Do with its memorable opening guitar riff, Everything (Take Me Down) which he used to close the set, his current debut UK single Always Be Here and Cruel.

Cruel was without doubt the stand out number in the set and gave the night its most commercial injection. The track not only stands as the favorite Rumble number of mine but seemed to be a favorite of the members of the adorning crowd. Unfortunately the track, although being a Top 3 hit down under and his biggest hit to date, never made it to the UK EP but despite being the case we have a feeling the track is going to do big things over here in the future.

Rumble proved to be an impressive performer, occasionally making humorous small talk with the crowd as well as showing his appreciation to the audience for coming down to the gig, quite noticeably being in large part made up of kiwi fans and journo’s taking in sights of musics next big thing.

Further numbers included the atmospheric and opening Breathe and one of the full length album highlights, Just Don’t Care, with it’s eighties soaked synths and it’s infectious and melodic chorus that’s could rival any current Gaga or Spears tracks currently circulating the airwaves.

Gonna Be Mine was also another notable number with it’s summer vibe fit perfectly for the venue and got a big applause by the crowd of the intimate and sweaty upstairs joint.

Rumble’s band looked as tight as a band could be and included a very talented, kick-ass bassist to his left. His four piece backing of guitar, bass, drums and synth gave Rumble the support to show off his brand of hip hop/pop Kiwiana with splendor.

The night went without a hitch and showcased exactly why Rumble has become such a bright star down under. We look forward to seeing the same success for Rumble develop over here on UK shores throughout 2011.


Intro (Bulls on Parade)
Let You Down
Always Be There
Just Don’t Care
Live A Lie
Don’t Know What To Do
Gonna Be Mine
Born To Run
One Last Time
Everything (Take Me Down)