Rumble Strips singer arrested in Texas

Charlie Waller jumps bail at SXSW

The Rumble Strips lead singer Charlie Waller brought a humble offering of British rock ‘n’ roll debauchery to the South By Southwest festival on Saturday afternoon (March 17).

The singer’s band played their last show of the event at the Island Record showcase at Bourbon Rocks in Austin, before things turned eventful.

Having given labelmate Amy Winehouse a run for her money with a 16-hour boozing session, the singer got caught up in a fracas which landed him with an overnight stay in the cells, after he was arrested by local police.

Waking the next morning to the sobering realisation that his flight home was due to take off in only a few hours, Waller decided to take matters into his own hands and jump bail.

“After our last show I had a couple of small drinks to celebrate and later on in the evening I got into a competition with the bouncers at Maggie Mays whilst trying to get into the venue, where my not so pissed mates were watching a band,” Waller told NME.COM.

“The bouncers said I was too drunk to get in, but I kept trying and I managed to get past them gour times – and was thrown out four times,” he added. “Finally, I saw a side window so decided to try and climb through it without them seeing me. Unfortunately they did, called the police and I was arrested.”

This led to the singer’s night of porridge. “I shared a cell overnight with five big Texan blokes,” said Waller. “They were very gentle with me. We swapped Myspace addresses in the morning before I left and got my flight home.”

Fans will be reassured to learn the singer returned home without incident, and will headline the Topman NME News Music tour in May.

The gigs also feature Blood Red Shoes, The Little Ones and Pull Tiger Tail, and calls at:

Cardiff Coal Exchange (May 17)

Northampton Roadmender (18)

Sheffield Plug (19)

Middlesbrough Empire (21)

Glasgow Arches (22)

Edunburgh Liquid Rooms (23)

Manchester Club Academy (24)

Nottingham Rescue Rooms (26)

Birmingham Academy 2 (28)

London KOKO (29)

Brighton Concorde 2 (30)

Norwich Waterfront (31)

To check ticket availability and get all the latest listings, go to NME.COM/GIGS now.