The Rumjacks North American Tour 2017

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THE RUMJACKS NORTH AMERICAN TOUR DATES 2017:

MARCH
04 San Diego CA-Get Shamrocked
05 ​Corona CA – M15 Bar
06 Los Angeles CA – Los Globos
07 Anaheim CA – Doll Hut
08 Phoenix AZ – Valley Bar
09 ​Tucson AZ – Surly Wench
11 ​​El Paso TX – The Lowbrow
12 San Antonio TX – 502 Bar
13 – 19​ Austin SXSW
21 Houston TX – Fitzgeralds
23 Tallahassee FL – Side bar
24 Valdosta GA –Ashley St Station
27 Atlanta GA – Masquerade
28 Nashville TN – Springwater
29 Cincinnati OH – Mad Frog
30 ​Indianapolis IN – Melody Inn
31 Chicago IL – Reggies

APRIL
01 ​​Detroit MI – PJ’s Lager House
04 Akron OH – Empire
07 Pittsburgh PA-Hard Rock Cafe
08 Long Branch NJ – Brighton Bar
09 Philadelphia PA- Voltage
11 NYC – Rockwood Music Hall
12 ​New Haven CT – Café Nine
13 Boston/Cambridge – O’Briens
14 Providence RI – Firehouse 13
15 ​​Rochester NY – Montage

Click here for tickets and full details.

Melbourne Ska Orchestra release Saturn Return and announce The SKA-BQ Tour

Melbourne Ska Orchestra (MSO) are still on a galactic sized high after what’s been a fantastic year for the much-loved big band.  Their album ‘Sierra-Kilo-Alpha’ took out both the ARIA Award for Best World Album, and the Victorian Music Award for Best Global or Reggae Album.

The band toured the album both here and then the United Kingdom – where they debuted at the prestigious Edinburgh Fringe Festival – receiving rave reviews for their live shows.  Their Splendour in the Grass performance was touted as “a genuine highlight of the entire festival (The Music) and their Edinburgh appearance as “virtuosic & high-octane” (Fringebiscuit.co.uk).

Determined to end 2016 with a bang, the time seems right to announce a run of spectacular SKA-BQ live shows for the new year (details below – early bird tickets on sale now), and to unleash SATURN RETURN, a full-length album of previously unreleased recordings from the ‘Sierra-Kilo-Alpha’ sessions.  Not only big in numbers – MSO tend to do everything on a grand scale.  When 35 MSO members graced the studio to record an album in late 2015, they came out with two albums worth!  ‘Sierra-Kilo-Alpha’ could only fit 11 tracks and it’s now time to share the extra 11 tracks, recorded on the same mission.

Nicky Bomba, band leader & SKA-BQ head chef states: “These new tunes could not be released until now due to quarantine issues, scientific research, musical analysis and the now patented Skattertron distillation device that can only process 11 songs at any given time! The Orchestra is thrilled to share these new discoveries and fly the ska flag a little higher following the success of the ARIA and Victorian Music Award winnings for Sierra-Kilo-Alpha.”

All 22 tracks recorded were of the award winning standard of ‘Sierra-Kilo-Alpha’. SATURN RETURN expands on the eclectic and international journey which MSO embarked on. Stand out tunes include the beautiful trio of vocals on ‘Feel The Breeze’ the rock steady ‘No Show’, ‘Mercy Lord’, which features the legendary Owen Gray (Jamaica) and the Two Tone style of ‘No Friend Of Mine’, will hit the right note for ska fans.

SATURN RETURN will be presented in a Spaceship USB device containing songs, lyrics, pictures and extra vital information for the full cosmic experience!  Hit below to check it out:

The Saturn Return USB will be available at all live shows and from the MSO website – www.melbourneskaorchestra.com 

Download or stream the new album SATURN RETURN HERE

THE SKA-BQ TOUR

The live shows MSO will embark on in the New Year will be a run of SKA-BQ dates – taking it back to the old skool and embracing every element that emulates the Ska scene. With each event starting in the afternoon, punters can expect a mini festival vibe filled with smokin BBQ’s, drinks, scooters, a whole lotta Ska and of course skankin galore!

The dates will be launched in Melbourne on the Australia Day weekend, then followed up with 3 interstate shows in Sydney, Brisbane and Adelaide in March.  Early bird ticket prices are on sale now.

Melbourne Ska Orchestra’s SKA-BQ Tour

SAT JAN 28
SHIMMERLANDS
w/ Ska Vendors, NoNonsense, Project Ska Collective (Syd) and DJs Mohair Slim & Jesse I
plus great food, great drinks and the Melbourne Scooter Club
University of Melbourne, PARKVILLE
Tickets & info available from http://www.shimmerlands.com/show/ska-bq/
Early bird tickets available for limited time $38 +bf. General admission $45 +bf
Gates open 3pm

Sunday 5th March
The Factory Theatre Precinct
Special guests & more to be announced
105 Victoria Road, Marrickville, SYDNEY
Early bird tickets available for limited time $35 +bf, General admission $40 +bf
Tickets from http://www.factorytheatre.com.au/tickets/ftickets.php?gigid=7973
Gates open 4pm

Saturday 25th March
The Triffid
Special guests & more to be announced
9 Stratton Street, Newstead, BRISBANE
Early bird tickets available for limited time $35 +bf, General admission $40 +bf
Tickets from http://tickets.oztix.com.au/?Event=69329
Doors open 6pm

Sunday 26th March
The Gov
Special guests & more to be announced
59 Port Rd, Hindmarsh, ADELAIDE
Early bird tickets available for limited time $35 +bf, General admission $40 +bf
Tickets from http://thegov.oztix.com.au/?eventId=69226
Doors open 4pm

 

Melbourne Ska Orchestra – UK Tour

The mighty Melbourne Ska Orchestra just returned from huge amazing shows across the UK. Rave reviews all round from the tour, and this review here sums things up best!

“Virtuosic & high-octane, Melbourne Ska Orchestra will have you on your feet from the first moment. A Fringe must-see. 5/5” – Fringe Biscuit

FREE PICTURE: Melbourne Ska Orchestra at Edinburgh Fringe, Mon 08/08/2016: Orchestral Manoeuvres on the Trams – Ska Conga Delights Commuters. More than a dozen musicians from the Melbourne Ska Orchestra joined up with Fringe visitors to form a ska conga on the Edinburgh trams. The band, which includes Kilmarnock singer Steven Montgomery who is performing in Scotland for the first time after leaving for Oz 20 years ago, are at the Fringe to promote their latest album Sierra-Kilo-Alpha. They entertained festival-goers and commuters at York Place while they waited for a tram to take them across the city. Melbourne Ska Orchestra peforma at 1800 nightly until Friday (12th August 2016) at the Teviot Hall Gilded Balloon. Lead singer Nicky Bomba leads the band across the tram tracks at York Place. More information from: Matthew Shelley PR - 07786 704 299 - MJHShelley@hotmail.co.uk Photography for ……. from: Colin Hattersley Photography - www.colinhattersley.com - colinhattersley@btinternet.com - 07974 957 388. Free FIRST USE (ONLY) picture. Photography from: Colin Hattersley Photography - colinhattersley@btinternet.com - www.colinhattersley.com - 07974 957 388

FREE PICTURE: Melbourne Ska Orchestra at Edinburgh Fringe, Mon 08/08/2016: Orchestral Manoeuvres on the Trams – Ska Conga Delights Commuters. More than a dozen musicians from the Melbourne Ska Orchestra joined up with Fringe visitors to form a ska conga on the Edinburgh trams. The band, which includes Kilmarnock singer Steven Montgomery who is performing in Scotland for the first time after leaving for Oz 20 years ago, are at the Fringe to promote their latest album Sierra-Kilo-Alpha. They entertained festival-goers and commuters at York Place while they waited for a tram to take them across the city. Melbourne Ska Orchestra peforma at 1800 nightly until Friday (12th August 2016) at the Teviot Hall Gilded Balloon. Lead singer Nicky Bomba leads the band across the tram tracks at York Place. More information from: Matthew Shelley PR - 07786 704 299 - MJHShelley@hotmail.co.uk Photography for ……. from: Colin Hattersley Photography - www.colinhattersley.com - colinhattersley@btinternet.com - 07974 957 388. Free FIRST USE (ONLY) picture. Photography from: Colin Hattersley Photography - colinhattersley@btinternet.com - www.colinhattersley.com - 07974 957 388

FREE PICTURE: Melbourne Ska Orchestra at Edinburgh Fringe, Mon 08/08/2016: Orchestral Manoeuvres on the Trams – Ska Conga Delights Commuters. More than a dozen musicians from the Melbourne Ska Orchestra joined up with Fringe visitors to form a ska conga on the Edinburgh trams. The band, which includes Kilmarnock singer Steven Montgomery who is performing in Scotland for the first time after leaving for Oz 20 years ago, are at the Fringe to promote their latest album Sierra-Kilo-Alpha. They entertained festival-goers and commuters at York Place while they waited for a tram to take them across the city. Melbourne Ska Orchestra peforma at 1800 nightly until Friday (12th August 2016) at the Teviot Hall Gilded Balloon. The band spills out at the York Place tram terminus with lead singer Nicky Bomba (with megaphone). More information from: Matthew Shelley PR - 07786 704 299 - MJHShelley@hotmail.co.uk Photography for ……. from: Colin Hattersley Photography - www.colinhattersley.com - colinhattersley@btinternet.com - 07974 957 388. Free FIRST USE (ONLY) picture. Photography from: Colin Hattersley Photography - colinhattersley@btinternet.com - www.colinhattersley.com - 07974 957 388
Photography from: Colin Hattersley Photography – colinhattersley@btinternet.com – www.colinhattersley.com

UK TOUR COMPLETE - BOOMTOWN

The Rumjacks – Statement

ABC Music/Four Four has carefully considered whether it should continue its association with The Rumjacks given the criminal record of their lead singer (Mr McLaughlin).

The management of ABC Music/Four Four does not wish to act in any way which downplays or condones the serious criminal behaviour, wrongdoing and harm committed by Mr McLaughlin against his former partner.

However, we have considered that Mr McLaughlin has served out his time in jail and has a right to pursue his life as a rehabilitated person. Mr McLaughlin’s remorse and his commitment to rehabilitation is expressed by The Rumjacks themselves in a statement on their website which can be seen here: http://www.therumjacks.com/blog/statement.

Melbourne Ska Orchestra at Splendour in the Grass

The entire performance from Melbourne Ska Orchestra is an exercise in consummate showmanship, prodigious musicianship, and next-level audience interaction; a genuine highlight of the entire festival.”

http://themusic.com.au/news/all/2016/07/25/heres-what-went-down-at-splendour-in-the-grass-2016/

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“The Ampthitheatre’s sizeable stage looks veritably cramped as the many members of the Melbourne Ska Orchestratake their places, armed with an eye-popping array of instruments and a wonderfully dorky air of coolness. MSO conductor/bandleader Nicky Bomba is a pocket rocket of delight, skanking and bounding his way all over his domain while holding both his players and their delighted audience quite literally in the palm of his hand; over the course of a wide-ranging and unforgettable set that joyously bounds from the pseudo-sneak of Get Smart (during which Bomba conducts the crowd in a massive scat sing-along before finishing the song three times, each conclusion drawing larger and larger applause) to the insanity of He’s A Tripper, wherein Bomba repeatedly instructs the entire crowd to freeze mid-dance – and they do. It is a sight to behold. New single Sly Boots also proves a high point, as does Specials classic and ska staple A Message To You Rudy; hell, the entire performance from the whole orchestra is an exercise in consummate showmanship, prodigious musicianship, and next-level audience interaction; a genuine highlight of the entire festival.”

http://themusic.com.au/music/livereviews/2016/07/25/splendour-in-the-grass-2016-day-three/

“We can’t dally for too long, though, because the Melbourne Ska Orchestra is about to start their set at the Amphitheatre. Before we get there, I see a friend and tell her that I am going to see the MSO; she scoffs because they have the word ‘ska’ in their name, but the joke’s on her, because this set is fucking unbelievable amounts of fun. Bandleader Nicky Bomba is a national treasure and consummate showman, and his gargantuan ensemble is an insanely entertaining group of performers. There’s no too-cool-for-everything pretense here; just super-dorky, eminently loveable musicians and their impossibly positive vibes. How can you not love that?”

http://themusic.com.au/news/all/2016/07/25/what-we-learnt-at-splendour-2016-day-three/

THE RUMJACKS TO RELEASE NEW ALBUM ‘SLEEPIN’ ROUGH’ ON AUGUST 5

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Sydney quintet The Rumjacks are set to release their third studio album Sleepin’ Rough on August 5 via FOUR || FOUR.

Recorded at Bomba Studios in regional Victoria, Sleepin’ Rough picks up where 2015’s Sober & Godless left off. Booming from the get-go with ‘Patron Saint Of Thieves’, a thundering punk aesthetic intertwined through the group’s Irish and Scottish musical heritage, this album is full throttle, all spit and bile, raucous and real.

Fans enjoyed a taste of the album from the melodic first single ‘A Fistful O’ Roses’, an emphatic protest at Sydney’s venue lock-out laws, with accompanying powerhouse music video directed by Josh Groom.

But don’t make the mistake of thinking The Rumjacks are just an angry bunch of punks. Far from it – their music, while hard and fast for the most part, carries with it an element of fun and frivolity, harking back to their Old Country roots, places where music is an integral part of community gathering, soundtracking the times with an almost savage joy.

The Rumjacks are currently on tour through the UK and Europe, smashing out 94 live dates over five months with sold out shows from Birmingham to Berlin and everywhere in between! They are also playing a host of major European festivals, and will take to the main stage at Woodstock in Poland by popular demand, with a crowd of 150,000 destined to attend! The band will then return to Australia to lift the rockin’ covers off this remarkable record and, with a massive national tour planned for the latter part of the year, showcase these new songs live.

Stories of life, love and loss, set to a throbbing beat, Sleepin’ Rough sees The Rumjacks in career best form. It’s what’s become vintage Rumjacks; it’s out the gate and straight down to business.

PREORDER ALBUM HERE: WWW.THERUMJACKS.COM

Melbourne Ska Orchestra Sierra Kilo Alpha Album Out Now!

It’s been 3 years since Melbourne Ska Orchestra’s critically acclaimed self-titled debut launched, and today, April 22 sees their sophomore album Sierra-Kilo-Alpha touch down in stores.

“I’m pretty proud of where we are with this album,” enthuses Nicky Bomba. “There’s a presence and punchiness to it that makes us smile. To me, it’s mature songwriting, yet still having that element of sounding fresh, and that’s always a hard thing to do – I think we accepted the mission and delivered.”

The early word from reviewers is in – The Music declaring it their Album Of The Week (April 20, 2016) with Liz Giuffre describing the album as “Sonic escapism at its best.”

While Blank Gold Coast & Tom Magazine’s Trevor Jackson called it – stating “It’s playful and catchy as hell, as good ska should be, but the MSO is more than just a big wall of sound paying homage to a genre. From the outset the band wanted to incorporate many other musical elements into their sound – jazz, funk and African rhythms amongst them. … Throughout Sierra Kilo Alpha the MSO is clearly honouring the genre’s legacy, yet they never lose their sense of fun in delivering the outcome.”

John Hardaker from The Orange Press declared “The snaky, swirling melody of opener ‘Escher’ sets the mission statement – heavy on the horns, beefy on the funk, yet with enough of the dancing lightness of snap-brim ska to get your ass on the floor. Pat Powell‘s knowing vocal – as all across Sierra-Kilo-Alpha – comes across with a grin and a worldly wink. 

Leading single ‘Funkchuck’ is chunky, funky and motors along on a rocksteady groove to where it’s going. ‘Bombay Detective’ opens with sitar-exotica – like so many arrangements here, it suggest a movie-for-your-mind: a thrill-ride thriller, moody, racy, noir. 

‘Nothing in The Way’ has a circular, snaking riff, like the opener, ‘Escher’ which shows the quiet genius in Bomba’s horn and rhythm arrangements – nothing gets in the way of the groove, yet there is always so much to listen to on the way. 

Afro-Cuban flavours sepia ‘Solitary Island Sway’ and ‘Special Thing’ while the largely instrumental ‘Vespa Ska’ has tremolo spaghetti-Western guitar setting the showdown scene. ‘Sly Boots’ (my gold star for next single) is Nutty Boy ska with a gold-plated hook.”

Hitting the top of the AMRAP regional charts with the album’s second single Funkchunk, the song was also promptly added to Double J and has enjoyed strong support from Triple J’s Roots N All & ABC local radio stations Australia-wide.  Alongside all the great community radio airplay right around the country it seems Australian audiences have fully embraced the return of Melbourne Ska Orchestra to their airwaves.

Audiences can embrace Melbourne Ska Orchestra’s renowned live shows when they hit the road tonight. Starting in Queensland, before heading to Sydney, Jenolan Caves/Blue Mountains, Adelaide, hometown Melbourne, Coffs Harbour and Mullumbimby.  The tour will stretch from April 22 to June 25 – full tour details available at www.melbourneskaorchestra.com  – all before playing the main stage at Splendour In the Grass 2016.

Following on from the Australian release and tour, Melbourne Ska Orchestra will be heading off to the UK in August to promote Sierra-Kilo-Alpha there, with appearances at The Garage London, Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Boomtown Fair and Kaya World Music Festivals.

There is a feeling of excitement building for this release and you can be assured Melbourne Ska Orchestra will follow through with an unforgettable stage performance!

In the words of John Hardaker  – “The sound is huge and the band is tight; the MSO will be touring with up to 30 players, taking Sierra-Kilo-Alpha across Australia…And as throbbingly vital as this album is, you know their live shows will be through the big-top roof. Don’t miss them.”

SIERRA-KILO-ALPHA out today via FOUR|FOUR 

BUY IT HERE

FOR FULL TOUR DETAILS, HEAD TO

www.melbourneskaorchestra.com

SIERRA-KILO-ALPHA ALBUM LAUNCH TOUR 2016

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Only three years from Melbourne Ska Orchestra’s debut album –sees the release of their second album, Sierra-Kilo-Alpha, April 22, 2016 – picking up where they left off, taking the age old style of Ska and adding to it with aplomb. The band’s debut resulted in sell-out shows both in Australia and abroad, many high profile festival appearances internationally, a slew of award nominations and some wins both here and in the UK.

Sierra-Kilo-Alpha is the Melbourne Ska Orchestra’s own history – a nod to the past with an eye firmly on the future, dangerous and free. Recorded at the ABC and Freeburgh studios in Melbourne, in the winter of 2015. Sierra-Kilo-Alpha throbs with hope, excitement and freshness. The band has recently signed record deals in both the US and the UK, after two years of very successful touring to the regions. So 2016 will see the new record released across the globe, with touring to follow.

MSO’s live performance is nothing short of spectacular, sometimes tipping the 30 player mark. The National album launch tour kicks off at The Night Quarter on the Gold Coast, April 22. Touring with between 20 and 30 band members at all times MSO will play both capital city and regional dates, spanning from April to June. Showcasing new songs from Sierra-Kilo-Alpha, fans are in for a treat; it will be an unstoppable dance floor across the nation!

All of this before the band head over to the UK in August, to play at The Garage in London, Kaya World Music Festival and Boomtown. 2016 sees Melbourne Ska Orchestra off and running, at break neck speed…

Get your tickets to one of the album launch shows now before you miss out!

Presented By: RHYTHMS, TONEDEAF, SCENESTR, THE BRAG & BEAT

Fri 22nd April
THE NIGHT QUARTER, Gold Coast QLD
www.nightquarter.com.au / 1 Town Centre Dr, Helensvale
Tickets $35 + bf from www.oztix.com
Doors 6pm

Sat 23rd April
THE TRIFFID, Brisbane QLD
w/ Special Guests CHEAP FAKES
www.thetriffid.com.au / 9 Stratton St, Newstead
Tickets $35 + bf from www.oztix.com
Doors open 8pm

Sun 24th April
SOL BAR, Sunshine Coast QLD
www.solbar.com.au / Ocean St, Maroochydore
Tickets $35 +bf from venue & www.oztix.com.au
Doors open 8pm

Fri 13th May
MANNING BAR, Sydney Uni NSW
w/ Special Guests Hot Tomato Band
www.manningbar.com / Manning Rd, Camperdown
Tickets $35 + bf from www.oztix.com
Doors open 8pm

Sat 14th May
THE GRAND ARCH, Jenolan Caves Blue Mountains NSW
A Special Night, with guests THE RHYTHM HUNTERS
Jenolan Caves Rd, Jenolan Caves NSW
Early bird tickets $50 + bf for limited time, $60 + bf GA from https://www.stickytickets.com.au/35437
Doors open 6pm

Fri 20th May
THE GOV, Adelaide SA
w/ Special Guests GORILLA JONES
www.thegov.com.au / 59 Port Rd, Hindmarsh ADELAIDE
Tickets $35 + bf from www.oztix.com
Doors 8pm

Sat 28th May
MAX WATT’S, Melbourne VIC
w/ Special Guests KOOYEH
www.maxwatts.com.au / 125 Swanston St, MELBOURNE
Tickets $35 +bf from https://maxwatts.ticketscout.com.au
Doors open 8pm

Fri 24th June
SAWTELL RSL, Coffs Harbour NSW
www.offbeatoperations.com.au / First Avenue, Sawtell NSW
Tickets $30 +bf from www.oztix.com
Doors 7.30pm

Sat 25th June
MULLUMBIMBY CIVIC HALL, Mullumbimby NSW
55 Dalley St, Mullumbimby NSW
Tickets A$32.00 +BF &cc / Y$26.00+BF&cc / C$20.00+BF&cc / under 5yrs free – from www.redsquaremusic.com.au
Doors 7.00pm

FUNKCHUNK single is available now
LISTEN HERE

New Album SIERRA-KILO-ALPHA, out April 22
Via FOUR|FOUR

BORN LION RELEASE NEW VIDEO FOR ‘REST IN PIECES’

Hot off the ARIA red carpet, Sydney’s Born Lion continue to flex their punk rock muscle with the release of their tough-as-f*ck new video for Rest In Pieces

Shot in Sydney’s inner-west by the team at Paste Studios, the video features Jesse Coulter from Adelaide band Grenadiers (who provided guest vocals for the track in the studio) as well as cameos from mates in bands like Captives and The Stiffys.

WATCH THE VIDEO FOR ‘REST IN PIECES’ HERE

Rest In Pieces is taken from the Born Lion’s acclaimed debut LP Final Words, which was released in July this year, and subsequently nominated for an ARIA in the Hard Rock/Heavy Metal category. The album is also collecting nods in various year-end lists such as Fasterlouder’s 15 Best Heavy Albums of 2015.

Hometown fans can help the band celebrate the end of a massive year by heading along to Born Lion’s Xmas extravaganza this Sat Dec 19th at Dicey Riley’s Hotel in Wollongong.

“…unpretentious, unabashed and really rather refreshing.” – Rolling Stone (3.5/5)
“…custom built to get a live crowd on side and chanting.” – The Music (4/5 – AOTW)