MUSIC FEATURE: Five Minutes With…The Rumjacks
2021 marks a new era for Australian Celtic punks The Rumjacks, who are are back with their brand new album Hestia – their first with new lead vocalist Mike Rivkees. We caught up with the band following the new release, to discuss their formation, influences, ambitions and more.
Firstly, tell us a bit about yourself and your band. How did the band form and how long have you been together?
Started in 2008 in the Blue Mountains just west of Sydney, Australia. In the beginning all the members were in different bands – a few chance meetings with each other in pubs and at different jobs etc. led to the start of the band. Wasted no time and started recording and playing ever since.
Can you remember the first time you realised you wanted to make music?
Hmmm I got my first bass for my 11th birthday and I think very shortly after that I got a VHS tape for Vans Warped Tour ‘98 – it just all looked way too much fun. Knew I had to be a part of it.
Who and what are the band’s main influences?
All the members come from super different backgrounds so that’s a hard one. Hell, I was in a rockabilly band before The Rumjacks! But some staple bands would have to be the likes of The Pogues, The Clash, Roaring Jack, Weddings Parties Anything, Swingin’ Utters etc.
What do you aim to achieve as a band?
Just to continue having fun. We love doing this. Travelling and touring is such a joy for us so as long as we can keep doing that, then we are happy.
For those who are yet to see you live, what can they expect from a The Rumjacks show?
Good times and good vibes. Just hope to have fun with everyone in the room and share a good experience… and maybe a beer or two.
What’s next for The Rumjacks?
Well once Hestia is out, we plan to start recording again and playing shows as soon as it’s safe to do so. More music, more touring.
The Rumjacks‘ new album Hestia is out now, available to stream or purchase HERE.