Remember, it's called the Rock 'n' Roll Rumble. So when the dust settled Monday at Night 2 of the Rumble, the most traditional rock 'n' roll band among the four competitors took the win and advanced to the semi-finals.
Camden was that band, playing a relentless 30-minutes of unpretentious, guitar-driven rock 'n' roll you could trace back to the early Stones and Who but given its own contemporary twist. The songs were catchy, the playing tight, and the good mood infectious without turning sappy.
Camden emerged from a tough and diverse field that included the gnarled art-punk of Endation, the poised pop of the Deep North, and the symphonic dance rock of Herra Terra.
The Rumble preliminaries continue tonight_ Tuesday_ at TT the Bear's in Cambridge with Eddie Japan, Supermachine, Glenn Yoder and the Western States, and Blackbutton. The first band goes on at 9 p.m.
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