New single and video ‘A Fistful O’ Roses’ in protest at Sydney’s lock out laws
The Rumjacks unveil their first new music in more than a year with the release of brand new single, ‘A Fistful O’ Roses’. The song is an emphatic statement about the band’s view of Sydney’s new lock out laws and features a powerful music video directed by Josh Groom, which shows the band taking over a bar for a metaphoric wake with an arresting live performance.
Frankie: “We’ve written many a song about our hometown of Sydney, and ‘A Fistful O’ Roses’ is yet another, though this one was created beneath a very dark cloud and a sorely difficult time for our beloved city.
An agenda of sweeping law reforms and increasingly heavy tactics by our state government have crushed the city’s nightlife, the livelihood, and in many cases even the lives of many of its inhabitants. Iconic pubs, bars and restaurants are forced to close their doors, elderly residents are driven from their homes and Sydney is growing more desperate and hostile with every passing day.
This is a city under siege by those who rule her, set to become a playground for the elite, while the people who made it the treasure it was are squeezed out to wherever they hell they may venture.
We performed the video for the song as a macabre ‘dry wake’, set among the decay, in a derelict pub, one of many to fall victim to the states new order.
Historic footage flits across the screen like memories of a life flashing before one’s eyes. ‘A Fistful O’ Roses’ is one last great send-off for the old girl, but make no mistake.. ..this is a band falling very much out of love with its muse.”
The band has departed Sydney and embarked on a four-month UK and European tour, showcasing this new single plus songs from their much loved album releases.
BUY SINGLE HERE: http://abcmusic.lnk.to/AFistfulORoses
UK/Europe Tour dates:
03.05.2016 DE / Berlin / Wild at Heart – 1st Show
04.05.2016 DE / Bamberg – Hirschhaid / Jahnhalle
05.05.2016 DE / Dortmund / SKA im Westend Festival
06.05.2016 DE / Hamburg / Hafengeburtstag – Jolly Roger Bühne
07.05.2016 DE / Düsseldorf / Pitcher
08.05.2016 DE / Düsseldorf / Pitcher
09.05.2016 UK / London / Fiddlers Elbow
10.05.2016 UK / Cardiff / The Moon Club
11.05.2016 UK / Birmingham / Flapper
12.05.2016 UK / Manchester / Star and Garter
14.05.2016 IE / Dublin / The Hub
15.05.2016 IE / Cork / Fred Zeppelins
16.05.2016 UK / Belfast / Voodoo
18.05.2016 SC / Glasgow / Audio
19.05.2016 SC / Edinburgh / Sneaky Pete’s
20.05.2016 SC / Aberdeen / Krakatoa
21.05.2016 UK / Norwich / Waterfront
22.05.2016 UK / London / The Garage
23.05.2016 UK / Brighton / Green Doore Store
25.05.2016 NL / Groningen / Vera
26.05.2016 NL / Utrecht / De Helling
27.05.2016 NL / Den Haag / Sniester Festival
29.05.2016 DE / Aachen / Wild Rover
31.05.2016 DE / Freiburg / Walfisch
04.06.2016 IT / Lecco / La Sbiellata Sanzenese
11.06.2016 IT / Vicenza / Riviera Folk Festival
18.06.2016 IT / Dumenza / Dumeltica
08.07.2016 AT / Graz / Explosiv
09.07.2016 DE / Eggolsheim / Fiddlers Green: Shamrock Castle
14.-16.07.2016 PL / Kostrzyn nad Odrą/ Woodstock Festival Poland
22.07.2016 CZ / Tabor / Mighty Sounds Festival
23.07.2016 DE / Herne / Folk&Rock im Schlosshof
06.08.2016 GR / Almiro / Los Almiros Festival
11.08.2016 SL / Tolmin / PunkRock Holiday
13.08.2016 DE / Eschwege / Open Flair Festival
14.08.2016 DE / Rotenburg ob der Tauber / Taubertalfestival
16.08.2016 DE / Berlin / Wild at Heart - 2nd Show
17.08.2016 DE / Hamburg / Hafenklang
21.08.2016 NL / Biddinghuizen / Lowlands Festival