IMAGE: Rude Tiger performing their winning set at the 100 Club with Carlsbro amps

Press Release 

The Carlsbro sponsored Global Battle of the Bands UK Final competition, at the world famous 100 Club in London’s West End, saw Birmingham finalists Rude Tiger take the national title. Rude Tiger will join Scottish Final winners Citagazi in representing the UK in the GBOB World Final in Bucharest, Romania in May next year.


Unashamedly a full tilt, high energy, stadium-esque rock band, Rude Tiger actually hail from Devon, despite winning the Birmingham regional heat. The three-piece – brothers Jas and Dan Morris, guitar / lead vocals and bass / vocals respectively, and drummer D Collings – formed four years ago. Jas Morris expressed the band’s feelings on the night: ”We want to say a massive thank you to all the good people of GBOB for producing such an incredible global competition. We have had a great time, met some amazing people and can’t wait for the final in Romania. The scale of this competition is quite staggering and the quality of the bands competing, off the scale. We’re going to give it everything we have in May and hopefully do England proud. Thanks again GBOB – YOU ROCK.”


2011 has been the year that things have really kick off for Rude Tiger with the GBOB Final win topping it off. The band have spent most of the year touring, in a converted school bus / six berth tour bus, including their first European dates, covering five countries in 14 days, and supporting the likes of Reef, Tinie Tempah, Eliza Doolittle, Texas, Ocean Colour Scene, Wishbone Ash, Toploader and Feeder. They have just released their first single Desolate, available on iTunes and Amazon (where it went straight in on the download chart at No 2, just behind Kasabian), and the video can be viewed on the band’s website 


2012 is set to be even bigger, with the band booked into the studio to record their debut album and a further European tour kicking off in February – as well as the GBOB World Final.


Carlsbro has sponsored the UK and Scotland regional and national GBOB finals, promoting the events and driving participation via leading UK MI dealers across the country. The company has provided the backline amplification throughout, with modern reincarnations of classic valve guitar amps like the 50 Top / 4×12 cab, and the TC15H / 1×12 cab, and the powerful Viper 500 head, 410 and 415 cab bass stack; Premier and Zildjian provided the kit.


Speaking for Carlsbro, International Sales Director Andrew Bishop commented, “Our involvement with GBOB has been very rewarding, and we are looking to take that forward to the World Final in Bucharest and beyond, with next year’s competition. The nature of GBOB, as an event for live bands performing original material, is something that Carlsbro can directly relate to, as a designer and manufacturer of classic guitar amps since the 1960s. The energy of this competition and the outstanding quality of all the bands that competed across the country, reflects just how important live performance is to the music industry today. And to Rude Tiger and Citagazi, we say well done and see you in Bucharest.”


Patrick Almond, Marketing Manager Soundking Europe, added, “The remarkable thing about the 100 Club GBOB Final was just how good and how varied the bands were – from metal to soul funk. It made for a great bill, showcasing great talent. And for Carlsbro, this has been a terrific showcase for its new product. The reaction to classic reissued amps like the 50 Top and the Viper bass stack has been universally enthusiastic, with players blown away with the tone and versatility of these models. There is most definitely a new top guitar amp on the block.” 


The world final in Bucharest next year will be televised internationally and the winners will receive a band development package worth $100,000, and a special gold Best New Band in the World statuette. For further information go to or the GBOB global website

Originally posted 2011-12-19 06:42:18.