Dropkick Murphys collaborate with bestselling author Michael Patrick MacDonald

Dropkick Murphys collaborate with bestselling author Michael Patrick MacDonald

Here is an interesting bit of information. We all know Dropkick Murphys released Going Out In Style at the beginning of the month. But what you may not have known is the amount of work the band has put into creating a story for their newest album. They managed to create this fictional character called Cornelius Larkin and craft all these songs around him to make this story chronicling his life.

In short, they put out a concept album.

“Cornelius has passed on to the other side, and the album becomes a retrospective of his life. He’s one of those guys who immigrated to America at 16, got drafted into the Korean War, married young, had lots of kids, worked hard, and lived a full life rife with different characters, ups and downs, and trials and tribulations. Some of the stories are fictional, but most are odes to our grandparents, friends, and loved ones,” says bassist and vocalist Ken Casey.

The band then got together with bestselling author Michael Patrick MacDonald to flesh out the character and the story, to write a story about “embracing the good, the bad, the ugly and beautiful that we all come from; ultimately learning to work with all of it.”

Read the rest of the article here. For some reason, I feel like a movie is coming along from this.

Be sure to pick out Going Out In Style, released on the band’s own Born & Bred Records, to dive into this work of folklore, Dropkick Murphys style!

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