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For The Rumjacks; the enforced global shutdown has presented the opportunity for a new begin-
ning, announcing the arrival of Mike Rivkees who will be taking over as lead vocalist. Mike through
his previous work has already developed a reputation as a one of the most charismatic, fun and
honest frontman in the scene. With his numerous musical influences from; Ska and Hardcore,
through to a mix of traditional folk music, Mike’s voice and songs compliment The Rumjacks di-
verse musical catalogue perfectly:
Hailing from the streets of Sydney Australia, The Rumjacks have been described as a mix between
seminal bands The Clash and The Pogues; and, with their energetic live shows they have since
departed the Sydney pub scene and are relgulars on the European circuit, 2019 saw them playing
at Europe’s legendary festivals: Groez Rock, Wacken Open Air and Hell Fest; as well as previously
headlining Mighty Sounds and a main stage appearance at Poland’s massive Woodstock festival.
2019 Also seen massive sold out club shows through out all of France, Romania, Germany and
Hestia, the fifth studio album from The Rumjacks, marks a new era for the band.
The album introduces new lead singer Mike Rivkees, whose songwriting skills have rejuvenated
The Rumjacks collaborative spirit.
Hestia takes the energy of traditional folk music, lights it on fire, then sprinkles it with ash. Dark,
gritty, and historically aware, this is music grounded in the character of the Rebel.
When writing Hestia (named after the Greek goddess of home and hearth), bandmembers Mike
Rivkees (vocals), Johnny McKelvey (bass), Gabe Whitbourne (guitar), Adam Kenny (bouzouki/
mandolin), and Pietro Della Sala (drums) apply their diverse American, Australian, Italian, and Irish
perspectives to create a new, globalized iteration of the Celtic punk legacy dating back to The
Pogues, with the punk, ska, and hard rock sounds pulsing through their veins.
The album was recorded under strict Covid-conditions in Milan, Italy where the band stayed and
created this new album through August, September and October 2020.
For twelve years, The Rumjacks have written songs that you cannot help but start singing by the
second chorus, even if you have never heard them before.
In this short career, they have released four acclaimed studio albums and two live albums that cap-
ture their most renowned asset: their electric energy onstage. That organic energy has garnered
them a far-reaching fanbase.
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