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Rum Rebellion / Press

“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."”

Willamette Weekly "Head Out"

“Rare is the band who can play on the same bill as a thrashing punk rock band one month and be featured at Folklife the next. But it’s a rarity exemplified by the enigmatic Portland band Rum Rebellion. It’s the chaos and anarchy of street punk matched with Oi! anthems and sea shanties, played with traditional Irish instruments, it’s what they like to call “Oi!rish.””

“I seriously can’t say enough about these guys, they are one of my favourite newer bands. I have listened to a lot of punk rock over the years and I am not easily impressed with many newer bands, who seem to me to be mainly generic hard-core and tributes to bands from the early 80s. There are few bands who have come along in the late 90s and after 2000 who I felt were original or really had that genuine quality about them. Rum Rebellion is one of them.”

“The world is still safe for spiky kids as long as the mighty Rodent Popsicle Records is still around. It’s kind of surprising that there aren’t more bands like Rum Rebellion given the popularity of DKM and Flogging Molly, but it’s not a very easy style to pull off. Rum Rebellion manages to do it with as little cheese effect as possible. –Art Ettinger”

“Portland's Irish-punk ramblers Rum Rebellion have been captivating audiences since their humble street corner beginnings back in 2006. Upbeat and raucous, these guys combine hardcore punk sensibilities with danceable jigs of pure raw delight. The music is reminiscent of early Clash with a new school oi-punk attitude. These guys can be found on the road racking up dates throughout the West Coast and continue to expand their fan base at a rapid clip.”

“RUM REBELLION has that folk-punk thingy down real good; acoustic (and electric) guitar, tin whistle, mandolin, etc. Fortunately, they dont claim to be Irish, so no weird/phony accents, just some rollickingly good punkified reels and jigs in there with the melodic punk. Somewhat akin to the best of the REAL MACKENZIES if you switched out the bagpipes for a mandolin.”

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