Celtic punks The Rumjacks released their new ‘Brass For Gold’ EP tomorrow, just 11 days before kicking off their U.S. tour as support for Dropkick Murphys.
Listen to ‘Brass For Gold’ here: HERE.
Extremely limited edition (10 only) copies of ‘Brass For Gold’ (with “Handmade Leather Vinyl Sleeves”) are now available to the band’s email subscribers.
The follow-up to their critically acclaimed and commercially successful 2021 fifth studio album ‘Hestia’ (which introduced new singer/songwriter Mike Rivkees on lead vocals and rejuvenated the band’s collaborative spirit, and marked an explosive new era of energy and creative release), ‘Brass for Gold’ finds The Rumjacks capitalizing off their new sense of artistry.
“After the amazing response we had from Hestia’s release, we knew we had to back it up, do it justice and show we aren’t messing around with any of this,” says bassist Johnny McKelvey.
The Rumjacks will follow up their dates with Dropkick Murphys with their own U.S. headline tour, which kicks off in May, giving their fans in the States several opportunities to see them live. European dates were also announced this week for March/April.
The ‘Brass For Gold’ EP is a clear representation of a band finding a new voice and making sure that voice is heard as loud as possible. Grounded by the eclectic Celtic punk sound that The Rumjacks have become synonymous with, ‘Brass for Gold’ sees the band dig 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.
“Brass for Gold is as much as an EP can possibly offer and still be called an EP. 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.”
From the raucous comradery of first single ‘One For The Road’ to the crashing crescendo of ‘Blinding Flashes’ to the confident sentimentality of ‘Falling Back’, the cumulative energy of ‘Brass For Gold’ sees the band communicate one thing loud and clear.