*The Following Press Release Was Issued By Earshot Media*
|Celtic Punk Bands THE RUMJACKS and FLATFOOT 56 Team Up on New Split EP, Out May 6|
|Check Out New Tracks/Videos From Each Band|
Headline Dates Announced May 1-May 28 (Including Shows with Flatfoot 56)
|Celtic Punks The Rumjacks have been canvassing the country as support The Rumjacks have announced plans to release a new 6-song Split EP with Chicago’s Flatfoot 56 on May 6th.|
Watch the teaser video here: https://youtu.be/ts–Tx8xPH8.
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.
|Of “Whitecaps,” The Rumjacks frontman Mike Rivkees says, “The song is vaguely about the rise of far right nationalist movements. White caps meaning rough waters due to high wind… But also could be interpreted as KKK hoods. It just means something big and bad is coming politically. I wrote it based on seeing swastikas all over Eastern Europe. As a Jew, it rattles you to the core to know people want you to not exist.”|
Watch The Rumjacks’ “Whitecaps” video here:
|Watch Flatfoot 56’s “Mud” video here:|
Tobin Bawinkel of Flatfoot 56 says, “The song “Mud” is a song about the process of personal recovery that follows after the breakdown of a long-held and important relationship. It equates the journey toward recovery to a long and unpaved road. The only way to make it through the deep ruts of this road is through forgiveness. This process is a long slog through the mud, but ends in ultimate peace. While the song’s content has a heavy-hearted theme, it is also laced with a hopeful undertone of optimism in the line “I’ll be doing, I’ll be doing just fine.”
SPLIT EP TRACK LISTING
SIDE A – THE RUMJACKS
2 Fifth Ward Firestorm
3 What Was Your Name in the States?
|SIDE B – FLATFOOT 56|
Front cover image was taken by Peter Marlow in 1979 in Derry, Northern Ireland. 10 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.
|The Rumjacks kick off their U.S. headline tour on May 1st and they’ll be joined by Flatfoot 56 on select dates. See routing below.|
|THE RUMJACKS Headline Dates (* with Flatfoot 56)|
May 1 Brooklyn, NY @ The Brooklyn
May 2 Teaneck, NJ @ Debonair Music Hall
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)
May 10 Lexington, KY @ The Burl
May 11 Indianapolis, IN @ HI-FI
May 15 Newport, KY @ Southgate House
May 17 Grand Rapids, MI @ Pyramid Scheme *
May 18 Columbus, OH @ Rumba Cafe *
May 19 Milwaukee, WI @ Shanks Hall *
May 20 St. Paul, MN @ Turf Club *
May 21 Lincoln, NE @ 1867 Bar
May 23 Tulsa, OK @ The Whittier
May 24 Wichita, KS @ Barleycorns *
May 26 Denver, CO @ Marquis Theatre *
May 27 Grand Junction, CO @ Mesa Theatre *
May 28 Greeley, CO @ Moxi Theatre *
|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:|
“Hestia is one of the best, if not the best Celtic punk album released within the past five years. Compelling storytelling and a mix of pub-style sing-along choruses. It’s a true masterpiece.”- FolkNRock
“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