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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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.

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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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