Anti-Flag’s Latest LP Is A Strong Start To 2023 For The Rock Community

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Veteran punk rock band Anti-Flag is making lots of headlines this week. That is because Friday, the band debuted the video for its new single, ‘Sold Everything’ and a new North American tour set to launch Feb. 2 in Austin, TX.  The tour, which is scheduled to run through March 19 in Reno, NV, and the new single and video, are in support of the band’s brand new album, Lies They Tell Our Children.  The band’s 13th album, it is certain to appeal to the band’s established audiences.  That is due in part to its general presentation, which will be discussed shortly.  The musical arrangements featured in that general presentation are of their own interest in the bigger picture of the album’s presentation and will be discussed a little later.  The lyrical themes that accompany that musical content is also important to the album’s appeal and in turn will be discussed later, too.  Each item noted here is important in its own way to the whole of the album’s presentation.  All things considered they make Lies They Tell Our Children a welcome new offering from Anti-Flag.

Lies They Tell Our Children, Anti-Flag’s 13th new album, is an interesting new offering from the veteran punk rock band.  The record’s appeal comes in pat through its general presentation.  The general presentation here is a reference to the fact that according to the band, this record is not just another collection of songs, but rather a concept album.  The information provided to the press about the album does not specifically outline the story behind the concept, but bassist Chris Barker (a.k.a. Chris #2) is quoted in the news release as saying the overall message in the album is anti-capitalist and that the songs take on issues, such as universal healthcare and environmental preservation.  Front man Justin Geever (a.k.a. Justin Sane) added to the discussion, noting the economic and social divide among the haves and have nots has only gotten worse in America over time and continues to get worse, and that is the overarching theme of the album’s concept.  Keeping that in mind, even if there is in fact one central story here, that overarching theme is nothing new from Anti-flag, as the band is known quite well for tackling such topics throughout each of its existing albums.  In listening to the album from start to end, those themes are definitely there, though the album does not seem to come across as a concept album in the purest sense of the term.  Despite that, the overarching concept behind the songs is still reason enough to take in this record.

Keeping in mind the positive impact of the overall concept behind Anti-Flag’s new album, it is just one of the aspects that makes the record worth hearing.  The overall musical content that makes up the record’s body is also of note.  From the album’s outset to its end, what audiences get in this album is a variety of punk sounds just as in so much of the band’s catalog.  Right from the record’s outset, that opener, ‘Sold Everything’ presents a sort of folk-influenced punk sound that the band has presented in songs past.  At the same time, the arrangement here still boasts its own identity separate from those other works, leading to plenty of engagement and entertainment here.  ‘Modern Meta Medicine,’ which immediately follows that song, presents a sound and style that almost immediately lends itself to comparison to works from the likes of AFI.  That should come as no surprise, either, considering that the two bands have worked together in the past in the studio and on stage.  On another note, ‘Victory OR Death (We Gave ‘Em Hell)’ conjures thoughts of songs composed by the likes of Dropkick Murphys and The Rumjacks, just sans the Celtic influence.  In other words, it is a stylistic approach and sound that is starkly different from that of the most of the album’s other work and in a positive way, too, further showing the diversity in the album’s musical presentation.  As if that is not enough example of the importance of the album’s musical presentation, a song, such as ‘NVREVER,’ which serves as the album’s penultimate entry, is more of a pure punk rock sound.  The driving guitar line here and equally solid time keeping from the drums and the infectious chorus sections make it a work that has some pop punk influence but still has a certain pure punk element at the same time.  That balance of influences here will make the arrangement appealing to a wide range of punk fans, including those established audiences of Anti-flag.  When this song and the others examined here are considered alongside the rest of the album’s entries, the whole comes together to show clearly what makes the album’s overall musical presentation so important to that presentation.

As much as the album’s musical content does to make it appealing, it is just one more part of what makes the album appealing for the noted audiences.  The lyrical content that makes up the album’s overall concept does its own share to make the record appealing.  As noted already, the lyrical themes that make up the record’s overall concept encompass some very familiar social themes, such as universal healthcare, such as in ‘Modern Meta Medicine,’ civil disobedience and social justice in ‘Victory or Death (We Gave ‘Em Hell)’ and  even the impact of war on its innocent victims — those refugees who lose their homes as a result of conflict between others – in ‘The Fight Of Our Lives.’  Between these themes and so many others that make up the album’s lyrical body they collectively make for just as much engagement and entertainment in this album as the record’s musical arrangements.  All in all, the lyrical “concept” at the heart of Lies They Tell Our Children and the musical body that accompanies that content makes for plenty of reason for audiences to hear Anti-Flag’s latest album.  Even with the record not necessarily being a concept record in the purest sense, it is still interesting that the band would take that chance.  All things considered, these elements make Lies They Tell Our Children a strong start for the rock community in 2023.

Lies They Tell Our Children, Anti-Flag’s latest (13th) album, is an interesting new offering from the veteran punk outfit.  It is a presentation that is sure to appeal just as much to the band’s established audiences as to punk fans in general.  That is due in part to the fact that according to the band, the record is meant to be a concept record.  Given, in listening to the album it does not seem to be a concept record in the purest sense of the term, but it is still interesting that the band tried its hand.  That makes the album worth hearing at least once.  The musical content featured throughout the album adds to the appeal because it continues to offer audiences a variety of punk sounds and styles from one song to the next, in turn keeping things interesting in its own right.  The lyrical content that makes up the album’s “concept” is as familiar as ever, as it takes on so many social and political topics.  This is nothing new for the band, either.  What’s more, most of the themes here are just as timeless as those in the band’s existing catalog, so it is sure to create its own appeal for audiences.  When this is considered along with the appeal ensured through the album’s musical content and the very fact that the band tried to make the album a concept record, the collective of all of this makes the album a positive new offering from Anti-Flag that makes for a positive start for the rock community in 2023.

Lies They Tell Our Children is available now through Spinefarm Records.  More information on the album is available along with all of Anti-Flag’s latest news at:

Website: https://anti-flag.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/anti.flag.official

Twitter: https://twitter.com/Anti_Flag

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Dropkick Murphys Announces New Album Details; Lead Single Set For Release In July

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Dropkick Murphys is scheduled to release its next album later this year.

The record, This Machine Still Kills Fascists is scheduled for release Sept. 30 through the band’s label, Dummy Luck Music. The record’s lead single, ‘Two 6s Upside Down’ is set for debut July 6. A vinyl release for the record will follow in November, with its release date under consideration.

The record puts the band’s original musical content alongside lyrics from legendary singer songwriter Woody Guthrie.

In support of the album’s release, the band is scheduled to launch a tour beginning Sept. 1 in Allentown, PA. The tour is scheduled to run through Nov. 19 in Nashville, TN. It features performances in cities, such as Raleigh, NC; Phoenix, AZ and Brooklyn, NY.

The tour’s schedule is noted below.

DateCityVenue
Thu., Sept. 1Allentown, PAThe Great Allentown Fair *
Fri., Sept. 2Essex Junction, VTChamplain Valley Fair *
Sat., Sept. 3Syracuse, NYThe Great New York State Fair *
Fri., Sept. 16West Springfield, MAThe Big E *
   
Thu., Oct. 20Concord, NHCapitol Center for the Arts
Fri., Oct. 21Providence, RIVeterans Memorial Auditorium
Sat., Oct. 22Atlantic City, NJCaesars Atlantic City – Circus Maximus #
Mon., Oct. 24Brooklyn, NYKings Theatre
Tue., Oct. 25Washington, DCLincoln Theatre
Thu., Oct. 27North Charleston, SCNorth Charleston Performing Arts Center
Fri., Oct. 28Raleigh, NCRaleigh Memorial Auditorium at Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts
Sat., Oct. 29Cincinnati, OHThe Andrew J Brady Music Center
Sun., Oct. 30Greensburg, PA (Pittsburgh)Palace Theatre
Tue., Nov. 1Tulsa, OKTulsa Theater
Wed., Nov. 2Omaha, NEThe Holland Center
Thu., Nov. 3Denver, COParamount Theatre
Sat., Nov. 5Phoenix, AZOrpheum Theatre
Sun., Nov. 6Silverado, CAOak Canyon Park (Punk In The Park) *
Tue., Nov. 8Los Angeles, CAOrpheum Theatre
Wed., Nov. 9Oakland, CAFox Theater
Thu., Nov. 10Monterey, CAGolden State Theatre
Fri., Nov. 11Reno, NVSilver Legacy Resort & Casino – Grande Expo Hall +
Sun., Nov. 13Seattle, WAMoore Theatre
Wed., Nov. 16Minneapolis, MNState Theatre
Thu., Nov. 17Des Moines, IAHoyt Sherman Place Theater
Fri., Nov. 18Chesterfield, MO (St. Louis)The Factory
Sat., Nov. 19Nashville, TNRyman Auditorium
   

* Festival or fair date, full electric show (without Jaime Wyatt and Jesse Ahern)

# Tickets on sale TBD

+ Tickets on sale July 1

More information on Dropkick Murphys’ new album and tour is available along with all of the band’s latest news at:

Websitehttps://www.dropkickmurphys.com

Facebookhttps://www.facebook.com/DropkickMurphys

Twitterhttps://twitter.com/DropkickMurphys

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Punk In The Park Festival Details Announced

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Punk in the Park is returning to Oak Canyon Park in Orange County, CA this fall.

The annual punk rock festival is scheduled to take place Nov. 5 and 6 and will feature a line up of almost 30 acts. Among the acts scheduled to perform are the likes of Dropkick Murphys, Bad Religion, and Anti-Flag. Tickets are available now.

Other acts on the bill include and are not limited to The Bouncing Souls, Face To Face, The Flatliners, Voodoo Glow Skulls, Adolescents, The Bronx, Bad Cop Bad Cop, Mercy Music, Slaughterhouse, TV Party Suzi Moon, The Vulturas, and Ch. 3. More acts will be announced in the coming weeks.

General admission weekend tickets start at $95 plus fees. VIP weekend tickets are also available. They provide access to shaded areas of the festival grounds, upgraded restroom facilities, and VIP bar. General admission and VIP alike offer access to craft beer tasting from noon to 3 p.m. for audiences who are 21 and older, as well as all performances by the bands on the bill.

The Punk In The Park festival grounds are located at 5305 E. Santiago Canyon Road, Silverado, CA.

More information on the 2022 Punk In The Park Festival is available along with all of its latest news at:

Website: https://www.punkinthepark.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/punkintheparkfest

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The Rumjacks, Flatfoot 56 Announce New Split EP Specs, Debut New Music; Bands Announce New Live Dates

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The Rumjacks and Flatfoot 56 have partnered to release a new split EP.

The bands are scheduled to release the new six-song EP May 6. A teaser for the album is streaming here. In anticipation of the record’s release, each band has released a new song from the EP and a companion video for the songs.

The Rumjacks’ new single is titled ‘Whitecaps.’ The song is a sociopolitically charged composition, according to front man Mike Rivkees.

“The song is vaguely about the rise of far right nationalist movements,” Rivkees said. “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.”

The ‘Whitecaps’ video is streaming here. The video is a simple presentation. It features the band standing around in an alley, drinking beer, talking, and singing along to the song as the song’s lyrics appear on screen and as the song plays over the visualization.

The song’s musical arrangement is a straight forward punk rock composition. It is everything that audiences have come to expect from the band, with the tight guitar riffs, and solid time keeping. Any punk purist will find the song engaging and entertaining.

Flatfoot 56’s contribution to the EP comes in the form of the song ‘Mud’ and its video. Band member Tobin Bawinkle talked about the song.

“The song ‘Mud’ is a song about the process of personal recovery that follows after the breakdown of a long-held and important relationship,” he said. “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.”

The song’s musical arrangement is just as familiar for any punk purists. The accordion line is there, as is the banjo and punk rock guitar riffs and vocal harmonies. It is another song that likens itself to works from Dropkick Murphys and to those of The Rumjacks.

The song’s video features the band j a garage lined with lots of various items, performing its new single.

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In other news, The Rumjacks has announced a new headlining tour, with Flatfoot 56 as support. The tour is scheduled to launch May 1 in Brooklyn, NY and to run through May 28 in Greeley, CO. The tour features performances in cities, such as St. Paul, MN; Newport, KY and Indianapolis, IN.

The tour’s schedule is noted below. The Rumjacks is currently wrapping up a tour with Dropkick Murphys. That tour wraps up Sunday in Boston, MA.

THE RUMJACKS Headline Dates (* with Flatfoot 56)

May 1 Brooklyn, NY @ The Brooklyn

May 2 Teaneck, NJ @philspicks 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 *

The Rumjacks released its latest EP, Brass For Gold, last month. More information on the record is available along with all of The Rumjacks’ latest news at:

Websitehttps://therumjacks.com

Facebookhttps://www.facebook.com/TheRumjacks

Twitterhttps://twitter.com/Rumjacks

More information on Flatfoot 56 is available along with all of the band’s latest news at:

Website: https://flatfoot56.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/flatfoot56

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Dropkick Murphys Debuts ‘We Will Overcome’ Lyric Video’

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Dropkick Murphys debuted the video for its latest single this week.

The band premiered the lyric video for its cover of the timeless protest song, ‘We Will Overcome’ Tuesday. The video features the band performing the classic protest song and blends that footage with vintage footage of civil rights figures and people singing the song. Meanwhile, the song’s lyrics appear on screen as the visualization plays out.

Dropkick Murphys’ take on ‘We Shall Overcome’ takes the band’s familiar Celtic punk leaning and adapts it to the song’s more familiar roots. The presentation is another infectious work from Dropkick Murphys. It is featured in the brand new digital-only re-issue of the band’s latest album, Turn Up That Dial.

Originally written by the Rev. Charles Albert Tindley in 1900 and titled I’ll Overcome Some Day,’ the song was renamed ‘We Shall Overcome Some Day’ in 1945 by Zilphia Horton. Horton also changed some of its lyrics along the way. In 1950, the song that became ‘We Shall Overcome’ was first recorded and became the anthem of the civil rights movement among African-Americans nationwide in August 1963.

More information on Dropick Murphys’ new single, video and Turn Up That Dial re-issue is available along with all of the band’s latest news at:

Websitehttps://www.dropkickmurphys.com

Facebookhttps://www.facebook.com/DropkickMurphys

Twitterhttps://twitter.com/DropkickMurphys

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Dropkick Murphys Re-Issuing Its Latest Album; Announces Free Livestream Concert

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Dropkick Murphys is scheduled to re-issue its latest album, Turn Up That Dial next week.

The band announced Thursday, it is scheduled to re-issue the album exclusively digitally March 18. The new, expanded re-issue will feature three bonus tracks, one of which is the band’s own take of the beloved song, ‘We Will Overcome.’ The band is scheduled to release the new single and its video Tuesday.

In other news, Dropkick Murphys will celebrate St. Patricks Day live online with its fans with a free, livestream concert. The concert is scheduled to stream live at 9 p.m. EDT. Audiences can go here to stream the concert.

The band’s upcoming free, livestreaming concert is part of a tour that the band is quickly winding down in support of its new album. The Bombpops and The Rumjacks are serving as support for the tour.

More information on Dropick Murphys’ Turn Up That Dial re-issue, livestream concert, and tour schedule is available along with all of the band’s latest news at:

Websitehttps://www.dropkickmurphys.com

Facebookhttps://www.facebook.com/DropkickMurphys

Twitterhttps://twitter.com/DropkickMurphys

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Dropkick Murphys Makes Announcement About Upcoming Tour

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Dropkick Murphys co-vocalist Al Barr will not join the band on the road for its upcoming tour.

The band made the announcement Tuesday through a prepared statement that is presented below.

“Hello everyone, 

We’ve been hard at work rehearsing for the first St. Patrick’s Day Tour in THREE YEARS. 

This morning, we have very sad news to tell you. Over the last few months, Al’s mother, Ingrid, has suffered a series of strokes. She has also been diagnosed with Lewy Body Dementia. Al, his sister and wife have been caring for Ingrid round the clock for months. Please join all of us in holding Ingrid in your prayers. 

Dropkick Murphys have always been about FAMILY. And in the spirit of FAMILY FIRST, Al has had to make the very difficult decision to stay home for the rest of the year to care for his Mom, so he will not be with us on the upcoming tour or in Europe this summer. We appreciate your compassion for Al’s family, and we know as part of our family you will understand and support us in dealing with these difficult times. 

THE SHOW WILL GO ON with Ken covering most of Al’s parts…along with some special guests like Jesse Ahern, Mikey Rivkees from The Rumjacks and Jen Razavi from The Bombpops joining us on vocals as well. Al will be cheering us on from home – and we will see each and every one of you starting next Monday when the tour kicks off in Reading, PA!!”

Lewy Body Dementia is a decline in a person’s cognitive abilities according to information from the National Institute of Health’s National Institute on Aging. The condition is believed to be caused in part by the loss of neurons that create chemicals needed to the brain’s proper functioning.

As the condition progresses in patients, those people experience hallucinations, memory loss, and inability to concentrate.

Dropkick Murphys’ upcoming tour is in support of its latest album, Turn Up That Dial, which was released in 2021 through its own label, Born & Bred Records.

Dropkick Murphys announced its upcoming tour in November. The Rumjacks, Jim Lindberg, and The Bombpops will serve as support for the tour. The tour’s schedule is noted below.

Dropkick Murphys 2022 St. Patrick’s Day Tour dates are as follows:

DateCityVenue
Feb. 21, 2022Reading, PASantander Arena
Feb. 22, 2022Rochester, NYMain Street Armory
Feb. 24, 2022Cleveland, OHTempleLive Cleveland
Feb. 25, 2022Detroit, MIThe Fillmore
Feb. 26, 2022Chicago, ILRadius
Feb. 27, 2022Madison, WIThe Sylvee
March 1, 2022Austin, TXStubb’s Waller Creek Amphitheater
March 2, 2022Houston, TXBayou Music Center (On sale TBD)
March 3, 2022New Orleans, LACivic Theatre
March 4, 2022Chattanooga, TNThe Signal
March 6, 2022Lake Buena Vista, FLHouse of Blues
March 7, 2022St. Petersburg, FLJannus Live
March 8, 2022Fort Lauderdale, FLRevolution
March 10, 2022Asheville, NCThe Orange Peel
March 11, 2022Wilmington, NCGreenfield Lake Amphitheater
March 12, 2022Washington, DCShamrockfest at RFK Festival Grounds
March 14, 2022Albany, NYAlbany Capitol Center
March 15, 2022Portland, MEState Theatre
March 17, 2022Boston, MAHouse Of Blues
March 18, 2022Boston, MAHouse Of Blues
March 19, 2022Boston, MAHouse Of Blues
March 20, 2022Boston, MARoadrunner

* The Bombpops on all shows except March 12 and 20.

* The Rumjacks on all shows except March 12.

* Jim Lindberg and The Rumjacks open March 20.

More information on Dropick Murphys’ new tour schedule is available along with all of Dropkick Murphys’ latest news at:

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Facebookhttps://www.facebook.com/DropkickMurphys

Twitterhttps://twitter.com/DropkickMurphys

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The Rumjacks’ ‘Brass For Gold’ Is 2022’s First Great New EP

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Independent Celtic punk outfit The Rumjacks released its latest record, Brass for Gold Friday.  The band is scheduled to join its Celtic punk counterparts Dropkick Murphys on the road later this month as support for DKM as it promotes the eight-song record/  The EP has already produced three strong singles in the form of its opener, ‘Bounding Main,’ ‘Bloodsoaked in Chorus’ and ‘One For The Road.’  All three songs are memorable entries in the 24-minute presentation and are just a sample of what makes it so enjoyable.  ‘Across The Water,’ one of the EP’s later entries, is interesting in its own right and will be discussed shortly.  ‘Kicking Soles’ is just as notable as the EP’s singles, too.  It will be discussed a little later.  ‘Blinding Flashes,’ the record’s penultimate track, is also of note and will also be discussed later.  Each track noted is important in its own way to the whole of the EP’s presentation.  When they are considered alongside the EP’s current singles and with its two remaining songs, the whole makes the presentation in whole the year’s first great new EP.

The Rumjacks’ brand new EP, Brass for Gold is a strong new offering from the band.  All three singles that it has already produced make that clear through their musical and lyrical content alike.  They are not its only notable songs.  ‘Across The Water’ is just as notable as those songs.  The song’s musical arrangement is an upbeat composition, but is also decidedly contemplative in its approach.  Needless to say the gritty vocals and the harmonies in the instrumentation make for an overall presentation that is purely punk.  It is just part of what makes the song enjoyable.  The lyrical theme that accompanies the song’s musical arrangement adds to that enjoyment.

The lyrical theme featured in this song comes across as centering on the all too familiar topic of a broken relationship.  That is inferred as front man Mike Rivkees sings, “My darling dear/I think the hour’s drawing near/Your bag’s packed/And your heart begins to race/Should’ve seen it coming/From the time that you started running/My darling dear/What a hell of a year/You can never see the way/You looked at me that day/And you can never feel the things/You hold but push away/You won’t find yourself across the water/You won’t find yourself across the bay.”  This is pretty clear in its message, which continues in similar fashion in the song’s second verse.  To that end, there is little if any need to continue on from here about that item.  Looking at this theme and the mood set through the song’s arrangement, the whole makes this song just as easy a single as the songs already presented as singles.  To that end, it becomes clear why the song is its own notable addition to the album.

‘Kicking Soles’ is another notable addition to Brass for Gold immediately catches listeners through its musical arrangement.  The use of the penny whistle and the guitars, drums, mandolin, accordion, and bass immediately lend this song to comparison to so many works from Dropkick Murphys.  As a matter of fact, if a person heard this song and did not know it was from The Rumjacks, they would think it was from Dropkick Murphys.  The similarities are that close.  That is not necessarily a bad thing, either.  It is just one part of what makes the song stand out, too.  The song’s lyrical theme adds its own appeal to the presentation here, too.

The lyrical theme featured alongside the song’s musical arrangement seems to be a rumination on life and what we leave behind.  This is inferred as Rivkee sings about the years happening to us like the river running dry, and that day that that last tear falls from the face.  He even goes so far as to make mention of decaying and decomposing.  That would leave the song’s title to be a reference to perhaps the road we walk in life.  This is all just this critic’s interpretation.  It is as if the song is encouraging listeners to make the most of their lives.  If in fact that is the case, then it would make the semi-sombre tone in the arrangement make more sense.  Keeping all of this in mind, the whole of the seeming lyrical theme and its companion musical arrangement makes the song in whole another notable addition to the EP.

‘Blinding Flashes,’ which is the EP’s penultimate entry, is one more notable addition to Brass for Gold.  As with the other songs examined here, that is due in part to its featured musical arrangement.  Where the other songs examined here exhibit the band’s familiar Celtic punk leanings, this song actually goes in a somewhat different direction, opting more for a semi-western sound and stylistic approach.  The blend of that element with the band’s more punk approach makes this arrangement another notable addition to the record.  

When the unique musical arrangement featured in this song is paired with the song’s lyrical theme, the song becomes even more interesting.  The theme here is one of paying tribute to a military hero.  That is inferred through the mention of Iwo Jima and the man laying face down in the ditch of a shed.  In fact, if the lyrics are to be fully understood, the final words in this song note the name Ira Hayes, who was a Native American Marine and the last of the men who raised the flag at Iwo Jima.  The additional mention that “he would say the lights are just a show” and how he was defamed would seem to hint even more in that direction.  Keeping all of this in mind, that the band would honor the life and legacy of Hayes is original to say the very least.  That, together with the song’s musical arrangement makes the song stand out even more.  When the song in whole is considered along with the other songs examined here, the EP’s singles, and its two remaining songs, the whole makes the record overall a positive new offering from The Rumjacks that is well worth hearing.

The Rumjacks’ new EP, Brass for Gold, is a strong new offering from the band.  That is thanks to its musical and lyrical content alike.  The record’s singles have already made that clear.  The songs examined here serve even more to make clearer.  When all of that content is considered along with the record’s two remaining songs, the whole makes Brass for Gold the year’s first great new EP. 

Brass for Gold is available now.  More information on the record is available along with all of The Rumjacks’ latest news at:

Websitehttps://therumjacks.com

Facebookhttps://www.facebook.com/TheRumjacks

Twitterhttps://twitter.com/Rumjacks

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The Rumjacks Debuts New Single, Video; Announces New Live Dates

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The Rumjacks unveiled the latest single from its new record to kick off the weekend, along with the song’s companion video.

The band debuted its new single, ‘Bounding Main‘ and its companion video Friday. The song and its video are the third from the band’s forthcoming EP, Brass For Gold, which is scheduled for release Feb. 11. The band debuted the record’s then latest single, ‘Bloodsoaked in Chorus‘ and its video last month. The group premiered the EP’s lead single, ‘One For The Road‘ Oct. 29.

The musical arrangement featured in ‘Bounding Main’ immediately lends itself to comparison to the works of the band’s fellow Celtic punk rock band, Dropkick Murphys. That is evidenced through the vocals, the use of the banjo and mandolin and even accordion.

No information was provided about the song’s lyrical theme in the press release announcing the debut of the new single and video. The lyrics provided with the video hint at a theme of a couple at a breaking point, literally and figuratively. That is evidenced as the lyrics make note of a woman saying she will not wait for a man “to find what you need.” The later mention of the woman telling the man, “Don’t let the rain fall ’till you’ve got a roof over your head”/She let the strains pull free” further hints at that theme.

If in fact the song’s lyrical theme does focus on the all too familiar topic, then the song’s video makes for an interesting pairing. That is because the video features the band performing its new single aboard a boat and pairs that with vintage footage of people (possibly immigrants) on boats, making their own voyages.

Courtesy: Earshot Media

In other news, The Rumjacks have announced a new live run. The tour is scheduled, which will follow the band’s run with Dropkick Murphys, is scheduled to launch May 1 in Brooklyn, NY and to run through May 28 in Greeley, CO. The tour also features performances in cities, such as Columbus, OH; Pittsburgh, PA and Tulsa, OK. The tour’s schedule is noted below.

New 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 *

Courtesy: Born & Bred Records/Ashton/Magnuson Media/Earshot Media

The Rumjacks’ tour with Dropkick Murphys is in support of DKM. The tour’s schedule is noted below.

Dropkick Murphys

St. Patrick’s Day Tour 2022

With Special Guests The Bombpops & The Rumjacks

Feb. 21 – Reading, Pa. @ Santander Arena

Feb. 22 – Rochester, N.Y. @ Main Street Armory

Feb. 24 – Cleveland, Ohio @ TempleLive Cleveland

Feb. 25 – Detroit, Mich. @ The Fillmore

Feb. 26 – Chicago, Ill. @ Radius

Feb. 27 – Madison, Wis. @ The Sylvee

March 1 – Austin, Texas @ Stubb’s Waller Creek Amphitheater

March 2 – Houston, Texas @ Bayou Music Center (On sale TBD)

March 3 – New Orleans, La. @ Civic Theatre

March 4 – Chattanooga, Tenn. @ The Signal

March 6 – Lake Buena Vista, Fla. @ House of Blues

March 7 – St. Petersburg, Fla. @ Jannus Live

March 8 – Fort Lauderdale, Fla. @ Revolution

March 10 – Asheville, N.C. @ The Orange Peel

March 11 – Wilmington, N.C. @ Greenfield Lake Amphitheater

March 12 – Washington, D.C. @ Shamrockfest at RFK Festival Grounds

March 14 – Albany, N.Y. @ Albany Capitol Center

March 15 – Portland, Maine @ State Theatre

March 17 – Boston, Mass. @ House Of Blues

March 18 – Boston, Mass. @ House Of Blues

March 19 – Boston, Mass. @ House Of Blues

March 20 – Boston, MA @ Roadrunner

* The Bombpops on all shows except March 12 and 20.

* The Rumjacks on all shows except March 12.

* Jim Lindberg and The Rumjacks open March 20.

More information on The Rumjacks’ new video, single, EP, and tour is available along with all of the band’s latest news at:

Websitehttps://therumjacks.com

Facebookhttps://www.facebook.com/TheRumjacks

Twitterhttps://twitter.com/Rumjacks

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The Rumjacks Premieres New Album’s Second Single, Video; Gears Up For Tour With Dropkick Murphys, The Bombpops

Courtesy: Earshot Media

The Rumjacks debuted its latest single and companion video over the weekend.

The band premiered its new single, ‘Bloodsoaked in Chorus‘ Friday, along with the song’s video. The song and its video are the second from the band’s forthcoming EP, Brass For Gold, which is scheduled for release Feb. 11. The band premiered the record’s lead single, ‘One For The Road‘ Oct. 29.

‘Bloodsoaked in Chorus’ takes a different route, musically, than its predecessor. The song’s arrangement takes the band in a more ska-punk direction versus the more direct Celtic punk style and sound of ‘One For The Road.’ At the same time, the band’s familiar Celtic influence is just as present in ‘Bloodsoaked in Chorus’ as in ‘One For The Road.’ The end result is an arrangement that is just as enjoyable as its predecessor in its blend of familiarity and unique approach and sound.

No information was presented about the song’s lyrical theme in the press release announcing the premiere of The Rumjacks’ new single and video. Looking through the lyrics provided with the video though, the song comes across lyrically as being from the vantage point of a man who is pining for a lost love.

The video for ‘Bloodsoaked in Chorus’ is a relatively simple presentation. Much as with the video for ‘One For The Road,’ it largely features footage of the band out and about and on stage as the song plays over that overall visualization.

Courtesy: Born & Bred Records/Ashton/Magnuson Media/Earshot Media

In other news, The Rumjacks is gearing up to hit the road alongside The Bombpops as support for Dropkick Murphys’ upcoming St. Patrick’s Day Tour 2022. The tour is, for The Rumjacks, in support of Brass For Gold, whose track listing is noted below along with the bands’ tour schedule.

TRACKLIST:

01 Bounding Main

02 Bloodsoaked in Chorus

03 One for the Road

04 Kicking Soles

05 On A Somber Saturday

06 Across The Water

07 Blinding Flashes

08 Falling Back

Dropkick Murphys

St. Patrick’s Day Tour 2022

With Special Guests The Bombpops & The Rumjacks

Feb. 21 – Reading, Pa. @ Santander Arena

Feb. 22 – Rochester, N.Y. @ Main Street Armory

Feb. 24 – Cleveland, Ohio @ TempleLive Cleveland

Feb. 25 – Detroit, Mich. @ The Fillmore

Feb. 26 – Chicago, Ill. @ Radius

Feb. 27 – Madison, Wis. @ The Sylvee

March 1 – Austin, Texas @ Stubb’s Waller Creek Amphitheater

March 2 – Houston, Texas @ Bayou Music Center (On sale TBD)

March 3 – New Orleans, La. @ Civic Theatre

March 4 – Chattanooga, Tenn. @ The Signal

March 6 – Lake Buena Vista, Fla. @ House of Blues

March 7 – St. Petersburg, Fla. @ Jannus Live

March 8 – Fort Lauderdale, Fla. @ Revolution

March 10 – Asheville, N.C. @ The Orange Peel

March 11 – Wilmington, N.C. @ Greenfield Lake Amphitheater

March 12 – Washington, D.C. @ Shamrockfest at RFK Festival Grounds

March 14 – Albany, N.Y. @ Albany Capitol Center

March 15 – Portland, Maine @ State Theatre

March 17 – Boston, Mass. @ House Of Blues

March 18 – Boston, Mass. @ House Of Blues

March 19 – Boston, Mass. @ House Of Blues

March 20 – Boston, MA @ Roadrunner

* The Bombpops on all shows except March 12 and 20.

* The Rumjacks on all shows except March 12.

* Jim Lindberg and The Rumjacks open March 20.

More information on The Rumjacks’ new video, single, EP, and tour is available along with all of the band’s latest news at:

Websitehttps://therumjacks.com

Facebookhttps://www.facebook.com/TheRumjacks

Twitterhttps://twitter.com/Rumjacks

To keep up with the latest entertainment news and reviews, go online to https://www.facebook.com/philspicks and “Like” it. Fans can always keep up with the latest entertainment news and reviews in the Phil’s Picks blog at https://philspicks.wordpress.com.