‘Hestia’ is the title track and second single from The Rumjacks forthcoming album, out March 12th. It is a song of vengeance delivered with the force of a hurricane. In short, it’s a folktale about a girl who shoots down a personified wolf in an act of defense. Draped in several levels of symbolism and metaphor, ‘Hestia’ (named after the goddess of the home and the hearth), is a firecracker of a song, and an absolute earworm.
‘Hestia,’ the fifth studio album from The Rumjacks, marks a new era for the band. The album introduces new lead singer Mike Rivkees, whose songwriting skills have rejuvenated The Rumjacks collaborative spirit. ‘Hestia’ takes the energy of traditional folk music, lights it on fire, then sprinkles it with ash. Dark, gritty, and historically aware, this is music grounded in the character of the Rebel.
When writing the album, band members Mike Rivkees, Johnny McKelvey (bass), Gabe Whitbourne (guitar), Adam Kenny (bouzouki/mandolin), and Pietro Della Sala (drums) apply their diverse American, Australian, Italian, and Irish perspectives to create a new, globalized iteration of the Celtic punk legacy dating back to The Pogues, with the punk, ska, and hard rock sounds pulsing through their veins. The album was recorded under strict Covid-conditions in Milan, Italy where the band stayed and created this new album through August, September, and October 2020.