“It’s like growing up with a tear in your eye and a storm brewing in your heart..” muses frontman Frankie McLaughlin on the musical heritage of the group. “We were raised on the Scottish & Irish music in our parents record collection, before colliding head-on with Punk Rock as we grew older & thought we knew everything.”
These two immovable pillars define The Rumjacks above all else, as they continue to cut their own path through the tangled musical landscape before them. Their own brand of Celtic punk has seen them release two EP’s – Hung, Drawn & Portered & Sound As A Pound, as well as three powerful full length albums – Gangs of New Holland, Sober & Godless, & Sleepin’ Rough.
Since the bands inception in Sydney, Australia in late 2008 when McLaughlin met Bassist Johnny McKelvey – they have racked up millions of YouTube views, with over 24 million of these alone for their breakthrough track An Irish Pub Song. Their incendiary live performances and seemingly endless touring regime has seen them share the stage with acts as diverse as Dropkick Murphys, The Interrupters, Anti Flag, CJ Ramone, The Real McKenzies, Gogol Bordello, Ruts DC, Guttermouth, GBH, UK Subs and The Aggrolites.
Indeed there are – from their heavy Celtic roots to the driving punk rock or even ska/reggae rhythms, well-oiled sing-alongs & choking ballads. “We draw on so many influences, but still it’s important for us to force the bounds of what we already do, play good solid Punk rock with a fat smear of Celtic folk right through it, Hopefully contributing something fresh & substantial that’ll stick around in people’s hearts long after the party’s over..”
Watch this space.. though don’t blink, or you’re likely to miss ’em.
They will perform at Warehouse23 in Wakefield on February 8th.