Album Review: The Rumjacks/Flatfoot 56 'Split' EP

Celtic Punks The Rumjacks recently released their new split EP with Flatfoot 56, from Chicago. The successful 5-piece band releases their EP following their release of Hestia and Brass For Gold. The EP depicts a perfect split between the two Celtic Punk bands. A split EP between two bands is rare, though I'm more used to bands featuring other solo artists. However, this EP is the perfect collaboration between two punk bands who work wonderfully together. The sounds of this EP remind us heavily of classic Celtic Punk. The quick rhythms and fast vocals connecting us back to the classic sounds of pubs. The whole EP is an impressive and diverse array of music and instruments. Now I love all the songs on the album, but I'll just focus on two songs that really stick out to me.

Currently on their headlining tour, The Rumjacks have really defined their unique sound with their past and latest releases. They recently wrapped up their shows with Dropkick Murphys, a spot they rightfully earned. One of the first songs to be released from the EP was their song 'Whitecaps'.

'Whitecaps' is a politically heavy song. I think that's why I like it so much, it's a demanding song that deserves the recognition it's getting. Based on his trip to Europe, frontman Mike Rikvees wrote it as a metaphor. It represents a rough sea, something bad, and something political. Listening to it more and more, I find it similar to that of Do or Die. Politically motivated is tough territory to be on, there's a 50/50 chance that it'll give the right message. 'Whitecaps' was successful with that, being unforgiving with the use of metaphor and retaliation.

Side B of the EP is taken over by Chicago Celtic Punk band Flatfoot 56. This EP is their first release since Odd Boat in 2017, and they came back strong. Each band only had three songs on the release, but they were some of the best songs released in the genre in this age. The fifth song on the EP, Sorry, was released the same time as the EP. It seems to be growing on the list of favorites for the fans. The song reminds me of early Real McKensies with the production, but keeping the classic Flatfoot 56 sound.

Overall, the EP is a perfect mix of these two bands unique styles. I would highly encourage Split on any car ride or playlist. These two bands are some of the best bands to come out in the modern age of Celtic Punk.

Check out The Rumjacks on tour below!

THE RUMJACKS Headline Dates (* with Flatfoot 56)

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 *

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