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WEEKEND WROCK | Rum Rebellion sails up from Portland
‘Yo-ho-ho and a-rovin’ comes Portland’s Rum Rebellion while Winterland assumes The Missionary Position in this week’s docket of rock.
RUM REBELLION w/ All on Seven and The Hills Have Rivers, 7 p.m. Oct. 9 at the Charleston Music Venue, 333 Callow Ave. in Bremerton. All ages, bar w/ ID, $5 cover.
The Rum Rebellion of 1808, is famed as the only successful armed takeover of government in Australia’s recorded history.
William Bligh, the British ship captain of the “Mutiny on the Bounty” infamy, governor of New South Wales at the time, had attempted to prohibit the use of spirits as payment for commodities to divert power from the country’s rum merchants. And the country revolted.
Two centuries later, the Rum Rebellion of 2008 is a Portland-based band of punk rock scallywags bringing a blend of traditionally orchestrated pirate-like oi folk and punk rock ethos across the land.
“I think we all feel it’s important to know where you come from to better know where you are going,” guitarist/vocalist Dave Noyes said when asked what keeps the band in such traditional form in these modern times.
Rum Rebellion started as a four-piece with an acoustic guitar, tin whistle, bouzouki and fiddle, Noyes said, “and we basically played tunes because we enjoyed it. We’d take our instruments camping and we played cover songs at first, like Flogging Molly and things like that.”
Then, the band evolved, adding an electric bass and a drum kit to its acoustic roots for live shows. The band got its legs in 2006 at the Paris Theater in Portland and just over two years later — on a ship called “The Rusty Cannonball” — Rum Rebellion completed its first nationwide tour — a 75,000-miles-in-20-days endeavor which they orchestrated independently this past August.
They come to Bremerton on the road of another such endeavor — the Northwest Punktoberfest.
“Yo-ho-ho, a-rovin we go! / Drinking our rum and our porter,” they sing in the swingin’ shanty “Anchors Aweigh.” “We’re pushing our luck cause we don’t give a ... we’re sailing away in the morning.”
Info: www.rumrebellion.net, www.myspace.com/thecharlestonmusicvenue.
THE MISSIONARY POSITION w/ Sister Hyde, Keg and S.G.F.Y., 9 p.m. Oct. 10 at Winterland, 1220 Sylvan Way in Bremerton. 21+, $5 cover.
Post Stardom Depression guitarist Jeff Angell, Seattle’s swaggering, crooked-top hat wearing front man Hyde and the all-purpose one-man rock show Keg will all be in the same place at the same time in Bremerton this Saturday.
Where else? Winterland.
It should be a feast for the eyes as much as for the ears and the mind as Angell brings more sociological and thoughtful but equally gritty songs with the PSD-hiatus side project The Missionary Position, while Sister Hyde and Keg bring their enticingly edgy glam-rock stage shows. Not to mention a duo that could well be the world’s ultimate opening band, Bremerton’s Simon and Go ... well ... forget the name, just listen to the music.