The Ramshackle Army Biography:
For THE RAMSHACKLE ARMY, 2012 started unbelievably and doesn’t look like slowing down. This 6 piece Celtic punk band who broke onto the Melbourne pub scene in June 2010, have made the jump from the inner suburban pubs they call home to the wider Australian punk scene and begun making noises across the ocean in the States in a most unusual way.
As a band which draws on a vast array of influences including the punk they grew up on, the Celtic traditions of their family history and the Australian colonial heritage, they have brought to the table a sound equally at home in the pub or open air festival.
The raw sound that is The Ramshackle Army’s “Celt Mosh”, as it has been labelled, combined with an energetic live show which draws the crowd in through onstage interaction and the simple premise that by having fun themselves the crowd will come along for the ride.
In October 2011, the RSA, were fortunate enough to support Dropkick Murphys on their Australian tour, like many bands had done before. Unlike anyone who had gone before, the Ramshackle Army were offered by Dropkick Murphys to join them on a run for their St Patricks Tour of the East Coast of the USA.
As a result, in March 2012, the RSA embarked on their first tour of the US, playing a number of local shows with American Celtic Punk peers, before joining Dropkick Murphys and English singer/songwriter Frank Turner. The run of shows included House of Blues Atlantic City and Boston, Mohegan Sun Arena in Connecticut, Paramount Theatre Long Island and the massive 6,000 Tsongas Arena with DKM on St Patrick’s Day. The tour closed with the RSA headlining the Guinness stage at the annual Shamrock Fest in Washington DC before 15,000 eager Celt punk fans.
In April 2012 the band formalised a relationship with Melbourne’s representative team to the Australian Ice Hockey league and are now referred to as “the Music behind the Ice”. The band were then commissioned to write the team’s Fight Song for use in promotional material, online promotions and a way to cross promote the strong ties between sport and music.
The Ramshackle Army have had a taste of what the international music scene has to offer and want more. The future for the band is bright, and they have no intention of slowing down. In a short two year period they have shown that they can be equally at home in a small pub, family orientated folk festival or 8000 seat arena. They intend to bring this experience back to Australian scene, without the constraints of a niche genre, and enjoy the ride.
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