Celtic Punks The Rumjacks wrapped their tour with Dropkick Murphys last month and will soon launch their own headline tour which kicks off on May 1st in Brooklyn, NY.
The internationally acclaimed 5-piece’s latest EP ‘Brass For Gold,’ is out now, and a recently announced ‘Split EP’ with Flatfoot 56 will be released on May 6.
The Split EP (to be released globally on vinyl, download, streaming) offers up three new tracks from each band and is now available to pre-order (along with special limited edition vinyl leather sleeves) at https://snd.click/SplitEP.
Two leather colors are available (one for each band – 20 per band). Brown and (rich) mahogany + a natural stitch or black thread.
Both bands are now streaming a new track + companion music video in anticipation of the forthcoming EP. The Rumjacks’ politically-charged song “Whitecaps” is sure to become a new live staple, while Flatfoot 56’s “Mud” is a welcome addition to the band’s deep catalog.
THE RUMJACKS Headline Dates (* with Flatfoot 56)
May 3 Philadelphia, PA @ Kung Fu Necktie
May 5 Harrisburg, PA @ Harrisburg Midtown Arts Center
May 6 Morgantown, WV @ 123 Pleasant Street
May 7 Pittsburgh, PA @ Hard Rock Cafe
May 8 Chicago, IL @ Reggie’s (Moonrunner Festival)
Front cover image was taken by Peter Marlow in 1979 in Derry, Northern Ireland. Ten years after the arrival of British troops in the province. The barricades are once more dividing Catholics and Protestants in areas of Belfast and Londonderry.
With the recent ‘Brass For Gold’ EP, The Rumjacks have dug deeper into their ska and hard rock influences, all the while holding onto the defiant energy that ignites their sound.
While ‘Hestia’ had the band conquering a global pandemic in order to record, ‘Brass for Gold’ saw the boys united in person for the first time. Producing a sound that is seamless and cohesive.
“In true Rumjacker fashion, these songs represent a variety of different stories. The topics range from lovesick nostalgia, to misfortunate war heroes, and a few lighthearted drinking songs for good measure,” Rivkees says.
“While some EP’s tend to be quite experimental, Brass for Gold represents a solid continuation of the newly reformed Rumjacks. Once again stating (almost literally in some of the lyrics) we are passionate and dedicated songwriters.”
What others are saying about The Rumjacks:
“The Rumjacks reminded the crowd what Celtic punk rock is all about. Traditional bagpipes and tin whistle folk sounds merged with heavy guitar riffs and a pounding drum beat to bring the crowd to a frenzy.”- Loud Hailer
“Can’t wait to see these guys live. A wild one.”- Outside Left
“…An album that confirms that they are the hottest Celtic punk band of the moment.”- Polvora
“How these guys keep finding these huge singalong choruses is beyond me. Safe to say this is another banger.” – Backseat Mafia
“Blistering tracks of Celtic punk that needs to be played at 11.”- Folk-Metal
“If you’re in the mood for the right soundtrack for the evening whiskey, you’re welcome to grab it here.”- Handwritten Mag
“Full of Irish charm with a huge singalong chorus. Full of all the party atmosphere and punk stomping best. This is a band riding high and writing some of the best material of their career.”- *Backseat Mafia*
“…stampeding, emotive, anthemic — and even the Dropkick Murphys cannot claim to have made an album this good in several long years” (4/5)- KERRANG!
“rebelliously dark and gritty… some of the most memorable and rioting choruses we’ve heard in forever”- DEAD PRESS