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DS Photo Gallery: Dropkick Murphys and The Interrupters at Agganis Arena (Boston, MA)

 

For the last fifteen-or-so years, Massachusetts-based Celtic punk icons Dropkick Murphys playing a string of hometown shows has become as synonymous with St. Patrick’s Day as their musical forebears Mighty Mighty Bosstones doing a similar thing has been with Christmastime. As the band’s popularity has increased, so too has the size of venues at these St. Patrick’s weekend shenanigans, and the last two years have featured dates at the Agganis Arena, the state-of-the-art, 7200-capacity hockey rink located on the campus of Boston University. For many bands, the tendency on such a large stage might be to play “just the hits” in order to cater to the casual fans, but Dropkick Murphys, as it turns out, are not one of those bands. Say what you will about their level of “Tessie”/”Shipping Up To Boston”- inspired fame, but Dropkick Murphys have long been conscious or remembering the fans that’ve been there since the days when the clubs they played would fit within the confines of the stage of the Agganis (case in point: yours truly first saw the Dropkicks in August 1997, when they played in between the Mr. Rogers Project and The Pietasters at the Living Room in Providence).

A confetti cannon (seen above) and the instrumental “Lonesome Boatman” from the Dropkicks’ latest release 11 Short Stories Of Pain & Glory (released January 6th on their own Born & Bred Records) introduced the band to the stage before they proceeded to launch into their 2007 hit “State Of Massachusetts.” If I can take a minute to inject myself into this story, here’s where I publicly apologize to Ken Casey & Company. I think it’s important to point out that I count myself as one of those hometown fans that’s been hypercritical (unfairly so) of the band over the last dozen post-“Tessie” years, though that’s strictly a musical critique; their tremendous fundraising and community work and their ongoing penchant for giving local bands a break is not only beyond reproach but is ultimately the stuff to which all bands should aspire. But I’ll tell you what…since the 90 minute set that began with the opening tenor banjo riff on “…Massachusetts,” yours truly has been not only back aboard the Good Ship Murphys, but more than a little embarrassed about having jumped off in the first place.

The setlist on this night, as on most nights, was pretty varied and all-encompassing. Sure 11 Short Stories… was well represented, but so too were earlier albums like Do Or Die, Blackout and The Warrior’s Code on songs like “Boys On The Docks,” “Time To Go,” and, of course, the latter album’s title track, which is a shoutout to local boxing legend “Irish” Micky Ward who was, of course, in attendance. What’s perhaps most impressive about a Dropkick Murphys set circa 2017, aside maybe from their ability to keep a crowd constantly fired up, is the level of sheer musicianship among the group’s core. Ken Casey is, by his own admission, not the world’s most astute bass player, but he’s also their unquestionable heart-and-soul. Drummer Matt Kelly and principle frontman Al Barr are about as quietly strong-up-the-middle as you’ll find. Like the band as a whole, the trio of Tim Brennan, Jeff DeRosa and Kevin Rheault (longtime tech who’s filling in for James Lynch on this run), however, don’t get nearly enough credit. At any given time, the three trade off between guitar, mandolin, banjo, bouzouki, tin whistle and keyboard duties, rarely manning the same battle station for more than two or three songs in a row. The seamless nature that things seem to run in that regard is  really awesome, in the literal sense of the word.

Direct support on this night, as on the bulk of the month-long tour, came from The Interrupters. The ska punk quartet have been mighty busy over the last nine months or so since releasing their sophomore album, Say It Out Loud; since playing the duration of last year’s Warped Tour, they headlined full Europe and US tours of their own before heading back across the pond to open for Green Day immediately before this Dropkicks spot. It’s no secret that The Interrupters have been one of yours truly’s favorite bands to cover over the last few years, and performances like this particular one exemplify why, at least in part. The insanely talented (and yet somehow still wildly underrated) rhythm section of twin brothers Jesse (drums) and Justin (bass) Bivona keep the gas pedal floored, with Justin teaming with big brother Kevin (guitar, above) and frontwoman Aimee “Interrupter” as a three-headed ball of constant frenetic energy at the front of the stage. As Kevin mentioned when we caught up for an interview on these pages last year, the band are mindful that they’ve developed a sound product that definitely works, and if anything critical can be said of how they’ve made it work at the end of another long, successful tour run, it’s almost that they make it look TOO easy. (Oh, and they’re one of the only bands that can cover an Operation Ivy classic, “Sound System,” without sounding like a cheap, watered-down knockoff.)

Also opening this night (and most of the rest of the tour) was genuine Irish punk band Blood Or Whiskey. With all apologies to the Dublin-based sextet, a variety of communication mishaps between arena staff lead yours truly on a half-hour-long wild goose chase that resulted in me missing the entirety of their set, save for a song about frontman Dugs Mulhooly’s favorite pub back home closing down, only to be replaced by a coffee shop. Sorry lads…we’ll catch you next time around, we promise.

Head below for our full photo gallery from the Interrupters and Dropkick Murphys sets. And a special thanks to my much younger brother from another mother Nick Gold for the assist. Good on ya, bud.



DS Exclusive: Flatfoot 56 premieres music video for “Stutter” from upcoming LP “Odd Boat”


Windy City Celtic punkers Flatfoot 56 have returned with a new album, out via Sailor’s Grave Records on April 28th. But we got a guy and this time, he hooked us up with something even better than a track to premiere. Today, in celebration of St. Patty’s Day, the boys sent us the first music video from the LP, exclusively for ye lads and lasses! 

“Stutter” is the second track from the twelve track LP Odd Boat (pre-order here), which was produced by Matt Allison at Atlas studios in the band’s hometown of Chicago. When asked about the premiere, frontman/guitarist Tobin Bawinkel said “It’s a song about having tenacity and grit when the world seems to pile up on you. We hope you enjoy it! Happy St. Patrick’s Day everyone! ” Check it out, along with tour dates/stops, below!



Flogging Molly announce tour dates supporting upcoming album ‘Life is Good’

Flogging Molly have announced a new tour of the US to continue the support for their upcoming album, Life is Good. The tour will be kicking off in Oakland, CA on May 4th. The White Buffalo are to be the supporting band. Tickets will go on sale Friday March 17th at 10:00 A.M. PST.

You can find tour dates and locations below.

Flogging Molly’s long awaited new album Life is Good is out on June 2nd via Vanguard Records. Fans will be excited to know that every ticket order (in select markets) will include a digital download of the new album upon release.

Recorded in Dublin, Ireland, Life is Good marks Flogging Molly’s first studio album in six years since 2011’s Speed of Darkness



Music Video: The Tossers – ” Erin Go Bragh”

Chicago celtic punk band The Tossers have released a new video for their song “Erin Go Bragh.”

You can check it out below.

“Erin Go Bragh” comes from the bands’ latest release, Smash The Windows, which was released on March 3rd via Victory Records.



Flatfoot 56 stream new track “Curtains”

Celtic punks Flatfoot 56 are streaming another track from their upcoming “Odd Boat” album.  Following the release of first single “Penny” last month, the band are now streaming “Curtains”. You can listen to the track below.

“Odd Boat” is released on April 28th via Sailor’s Grave Records



The Real McKenzies release music video for “Seafarers”

Celtic punk veterans The Real McKenzies have released a music video for “Seafarers,” taken from their new album Two Devils Will Talk. Check it out below.

Two Devils Will Talk was released on March 3rd through Fat Wreck Chords. It is the band’s 11th full-length, following 2015’s Rats In The Burlap. They are currently touring Canada.



The Rumjacks (Celtic) announce North US tour dates

Australian Celtic punkers The Rumjacks have announced that they will play a list of US tour dates this Spring. Already underway, the next show is in Anaheim before the group head around the country playing another twenty-four gigs and ending up in New York City on April, 15th.

The tour is in support of the band’s 2016 album, “Sleepin’ Rough”, and you can check out the full list of shows below.



The Tossers streaming new album, “Smash The Windows”

Chicago celtic punk band The Tossers are streaming their newest full length, Smash The Windows. The album, which explores Irish-American culture, devotion, and pride is as chaotic and rowdy as you would expect from the group – but with a freshness to both music and lyrics that keep us all interested in this powerful group.

The band comments:

We are really excited for the Smash The Windows release and even more excited to let people give it a listen before it comes out!,” heralds guitarist Mike Pawula. “By recording something traditional, we salute our past, as the album reflects a memoir of immigrants settling in America. And with the contemporary material, we are pulling ourselves forward and trying new things. This album means a lot to us, we hope you all love it as much as we do!

You can check out a track listing as well as a stream of the album below.

Smash The Windows serves as a follow-up to The Emerald City, which was released in March 2013 on Victory Records.



Full Album Stream: The Real McKenzies – “Two Devils Will Talk”

Celtic punks The Real McKenzies are streaming their upcoming brand-new full-length. It’s called “Two Devils Will Talk,” and you can check it out in its entirety below.

“Two Devils Will Talk” marks The Real McKenzies’ eleventh full length, and their first one since 2015’s “Rats In The Burlap.” It’s due out this Friday, March 3rd, on their longtime label home of Fat Wreck Chords



The Tossers release video for “Smash The Windows”

The Tossers have released a video for the title track of their upcoming album. “Smash The Windows” is out on Victory Records this coming Friday (March 3rd). The track follows streams of two other advance tracks, “Erin Go Bragh” and “The Horses.

You can watch the video below.



Flatfoot 56 premiere new song “Penny,” announce tour dates

Chicago Celtic punks Flatfoot 56 have premiered a new song from their upcoming album Odd Boat, and announced tour dates in support of the record.

Give “Penny” a listen and see if there’s a show year you below.

Odd Boat releases on April 28th through Sailor’s Grave Records. It will be the band’s first album in nearly 5 years, following 2012’s Toil.



The Real McKenzies release new video for “Due West”

Celtic punks The Real McKenzies recently announced plans for their upcoming record, Two Devils Will Talk, and they have just released a new video for “Due West,” which will be featured on the new album.  You can watch it below

Two Devils Will Talk will be released on March 3rd via Fat Wreck Chords. This will be their first release since 2015’s Rats in the Burlap.



The Mahones release lyric video for “Riot Tonight”

Canadian punks The Mahones have chosen the current political climate to release a lyric video for “Riot Tonight”, from 2015’s “The Hunger & The Fight (Part Two)”. You can watch the video – and read a statement about the decision to make the video – below.



Flatfoot 56 partner with Sailor’s Grave Records to release new full-length “Odd Boat”

Chicago celtic punks Flatfoot 56 have announced that they will be partnering with Pennsylvania punk label Sailor’s Grave Records for the release of their 7th album, Odd Boat. The album is scheduled for release on April 28th and will be the first fnull-length in 5 years.

Guitarist and vocalist Tobin Bawinkel says:

Flatfoot 56 is excited to be partnering with Andy King and the Sailors Grave team for the release of our new album “Odd Boat”. Andy and Duane have been friends of ours for many years and have always been a source of encouragement through the ups and downs of touring band life. These are salt of the earth guys that have loved and supported punk and hardcore for a very long time. They do it because they love it. We are honored to be working with them on the distribution and promotion side of this release.

Andy King of Sailor’s Grave Records also commented:

We at Sailor’s Grave Records have been avid fans of Flatfoot 56 for over a decade now. We’ve always been moved by the hardcore tinged celtic punk they consistently deliver with heart, sweat, and toil. We are honored to partner with the band to help deliver the next chapter of their legacy to the world with the release of ‘Odd boat’

Odd Boat will serve as a follow-up to 2012’s, Toil. 



The Tossers announce U.S. tour dates and preview new album

Chicago’s Celtic punk band The Tossers has lots going on, and it all happens right around St. Patrick’s Day (total coincidence, I’m sure).  First off, they will be heading out on a short U.S. tour that culminates with a homecoming show in Chicago on March 17th.  You can find all of the dates and places below.

The Tossers will also release their new album, Smash the Windows, on March 3rd via Victory Records.  You can check out their new song “Erin Go Bragh,” which chronicles the story of the Irish coming to America, below.

The Tossers’ last album, “The Emerald City,” was released in March 2013 on Victory Records.