MUSIC CD REVIEW
By CATHOLINE BUTLER
Going Out In Style
Dropkick Murphys are a Boston, Massachusetts based Irish-American Celtic punk band, that were formed in 1996. The group has risen from basic Irish-punk roots to become a rocking, rolling, raging, green shamrock machine.
Dropkick Murphys are now one of the best-known rock bands in the world, thanks in part to their ability to tap into the working-class and sport fan culture that permeates Boston and the New England area.
The band supports the Boston Bruins, Boston Red Sox, New England Patriots and Boston Celtics.
Their music was influenced by The Pogues, AC/DC, The Clash, Sick of It All and Stiff Little Fingers. You can certainly hear the influence of Shane McGowan in their hoarse, whiskey throated lyrics.
With seven members and a full compliment of Irish instruments playing Irish, folk, and rock all rolled into one, you are in for one loud, raucous, chaotic and frenzy-filled evening of non-stop fun.
That’s the kind of music that keeps their fans coming back again and again for more of the same.
The musicians in the line-up are: Al Barr on lead vocals; Ken Casey on lead vocals and bass; Matt Kelly on drums, bodhran and vocals; James Lynch on guitar and vocals; Tim Brennan on guitar, accordion and vocals; Jeff DaRosa on mandolin, banjo, bouzouki, whistle, acoustic guitar, keyboard and vocals; and Scruffy Wallace on bagpipes.
Some of the tracks on Going Out In Style include Hang ‘Em High; Climbing A Chair To Bed; Deeds Not Words; Sunday Hardcore Matinee; Peg O’ My Heart and The Irish Rover. The Dropkick Murphys also write a lot of their own material.
Old and new fans in Edmonton, Calgary and Vancouver will have an opportunity to see Dropkick Murphys live in concert at the Edmonton Event Centre on June 22. In Calgary on June 23 at MacEwan Hall and in Vancouver on June 25 and 26 at the Commodore Ballroom.
For more information about Dropkick Murphys visit their website at: www.dropkickmurphys.com.