Hailing from Portland, OR, Rum Rebellion is a peppery mix of Irish tunes, sea chanties, and oi!/punk rock, served up to you with a distinctive pirate twist. We are heavier than the Pogues, more aggressive than Flogging Molly, and more traditional than The Dropkick Murphys.
Above all, it is the maritime influence in our songwriting that separates us from other bands in related genres. We promise a high-energy set full of up-tempo, swashbuckling singles that will get the audience moving on the dance floor and buying drinks at the bar.
Rum Rebellion began as a group of friends who got together for casual nights of playing tunes together. Momentum built until Rum Rebellion officially formed as a band in March '05. At that point, we played totally acoustic sets of Irish traditional music. During the summer of '05, we added electric bass and a rock drummer to the band, and became what most of our fans know as Rum Rebellion today. We began writing our own tunes, recording, and playing gigs throughout the Pacific Northwest. Since January '06, we have recorded a four-song EP and have just released this 11-track CD - Cruisin' For A Boozin'
"The future of portland punk"
- Willamette Weekly June 28th, 2006
..PORTLAND MERCURY - AUGUST '06
Ready to get rough and rowdy? Then let's throw down with Portland's best mix of Irish, punk, and sea shanties, courtesy of Rum Rebellion! Don't be surprised if spontaneous drunken pirate-inspired thrash-dancing breaks out on the floor.
..WILLAMETTE WEEKLY "HEAD OUT" DECEMBER '06
[CELTIC PUNK] Rum Rebellion's melancholy, sometimes shouted vocals are raspy and honest enough to make you feel very comfortable trying to sing along, even if the words occasionally go by so fast they get kind of jumbled. And soon you'll be able to practice at home, since this release show will be your first chance to pick up the local five-piece's debut, Cruisin' for a Boozin', on which (if the couple of leaked tracks are any indication) the tin whistle carries the day, especially when it teams up with the bouzouki at the end of "Ramblers Road."
..SHITE'N'ONIONS DECEMBER '06
Rum Rebellion: Crusin For A Boozin "Crusin For A Boozin" is the first full length album from Rum Rebellion, an "Oirish" band from Portland, Oregon. The first thing I'd like to point out are the amount of original songs on this album. Nine out of eleven! There's obviously some talented songwriters in this gang of ruffians, no doubt. Then there's the music... Damn! For only being together for roughly a year and a half, these guys must have some weird telepathic thing going on here...The tin whistle, guitar, fiddle, and bouzouki seem to flow together like a musical stream of whiskey, backed up with a solid set of drumbeats and bass lines. The vocals accompany the music perfectly, and sound as if Popeye was clutching an empty bottle of rum instead of a can of spinach! (Spinach is bad for you nowadays!) Another thing I'd like to mention are the amount of sea shanties! I think every track makes at least once reference to something nautical, so at least you know this reviewer is happy!
Speaking of Rum Rebellion, As you may or may not know, the band got the the name from the Rum Rebellion of 1808. It was the only successful (if only temporarily so) armed take over of government in Australia's recorded history. The rebellion was precipitated by the Governor of New South Wales, William Bligh, who attempted to normalize trading conditions by prohibiting the use of spirits (Rum) as payment for commodities. Bligh was aiming to reduce the power of the rum merchants and the New South Wales Corps, which had a role in the trade. These groups resented his interference and the quarrel built to a military rebellion on January 26, 1808. The group of mutineers included John MacArthur as one of the leading personalities. Bligh was arrested by George Johnston of the New South Wales Corps, who took control of the colony. Bligh was held for over a year and when he agreed to leave for England, he immediately attempted to return. Stupid bastard.
Lucky for me, I have been able to witness this band start from scratch. I've been lucky enough to have seen them live a few times, (Some I can't remember... like cough*opening for the Tossers*cough!) and they sound just as good live as they do on record. I've also heard them absolutely nail a version of "Dirty Old Town" on the radio. I've seen them on street corners busking away like madmen. So let me mention that I am seriously impressed with "Crusin For A Boozin"
100% Pirate approved!
Go get this album!
Review by: Barnacle Brian