[Update (September 1, 2016) : This post has been edited. In August this year, The Rumjacks released a new album, Sleepin’ Rough, and are currently on tour. Their return has sparked some controversy in the music press, and the band has published a statement on their website in response. You can read it here.]
Last month, The Rumjacks were the first band to be signed to the ABC Music’s new imprint FOUR | FOUR.
ABC Music has always strived to be a very diverse label, with FOUR | FOUR being yet another step in that direction. As Head of ABC Music Robert Patterson says, “In essence, FOUR | FOUR represents music that, at its core, is as simple as a 4/4 time signature… It’s music that moves people in a fundamental way. The imprint’s first signing, The Rumjacks, typifies what FOUR | FOUR is all about – honest music making with a no-nonsense directness and immediacy that connects with the listener from the first moment.”
So yeah. Men assault. Even men who play in punk rock bands. (Previously, a frustrated and “hungry” local punk rocker broke the nose of a 7-Eleven staffer because the victim struggled to understand which pie he wanted.)
Update (April 9, 2015) : The Rumjacks have issued the following statement:
In light of recent events concerning band member Frankie, we have decided to take an indefinite break.
As a result all upcoming gigs and recording plans have been cancelled.
We refute any suggestion that we condone domestic violence. It is an abhorrent crime and its perpetrators should be dealt with under the full extent of the law.
We thank all of our fans worldwide for their support over the years.
Johnny, Adam, Gabe, Anthony.