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Introducing Celtic Punk ‘N Roll Act: The Cloverhearts

In a scene overflowing with post-hardcore-emo-noise-skate-punk Celtic Punk is a genre that feels quite a bit underrepresented in our beloved punk scene. Intro The Cloverhearts out of Sydney, Australia to say “f-that!” with a healthy dose of Celtic infused punk ‘n roll via their upcoming “The Sick” EP. Having announced their formation just a month or so back the group will unleash their debut EP via Black Dingo Records on November 1st.

The first single, ‘Always Monday’ can be seen below.

Following the release, the band will support Australian titans, The Rumjacks, on two special dates in Italy, early November.



Social Distortion and Flogging Molly Announce Summer Tour

Celtic punks Flogging Molly and rock n’ roll legends Social Distortion have announced an extensive 32-date tour across America (with one date in Canada). Having formed in 1979, Social Distortion have been a band for a staggering 40 years! The band’s last release, ‘Hard Times and Nursery Rhymes’ in 2011, was the first released via current label Epitaph Records and the band’s highest charting album to date. It has previously been confirmed that Social Distortion will be entering the studio this year to record new material. Flogging Molly will be touring to support their 2017 album ‘Life Is Good’.



Dropkick Murphys announce tour

Boston punk legends, Dropkick Murphys have announced they are heading out on tour and they are bringing some solid folks along for the ride. Starting September 20th and crossing the U.S.A. Dropkick will be joined by Clutch, Hatebreed, Amigo The Devil and Russ Rankin of Good Riddance.

You can check out a full list of dates and whose playing where, with who, below.

Dropkick Murphys last released 11 Short Stories Of Pain & Glory back in 2017. 



Dropkick Murphys, Bad Religion, Dave Hause, Beach Rats and more confirmed for Sea.Hear.Now Festival 2019

Summer festival season is rapidly approaching in the United States, and for the second year in a row, legendary photographer (and underrated bluesman) Danny Clinch has got himself a good one in the works. It’s called Sea.Hear.Now, and it takes place quite literally right on the beach in Asbury Park. This year’s festivities are going down on September 20th and 21st, and while the festival’s larger headliners include Dave Matthews Band and The Lumineers, it also includes a steady diet of punk-friendly musical fare, with bands like Dropkick Murphys, Bad Religion, Dave Hause and the Mermaid, Beach Rats and the incomparable Joan Jett and the Blackhearts scheduled to take the stage. Check out the full lineup, including details on the festival’s surf competition, on the tour poster below.

Ticket info for Sea.Hear.Now is available right here.



DS Photo Gallery: Flogging Molly with Lucero and The Huntress And Holder Of Hands From Boston’s House OF Blues

Flogging Molly brought the 2019 US leg of their current world tour to the House of Blues in Boston last Friday night. It’d been roughly six years since I’d last seen them in this very same spot (and, actually, just over eighteen years since I’d first seen them in this very same spot, albeit in a much smaller club – Axis – at the time, sandwiched in between Avail and Dropkick Murphys, all of whom were supporting Mighty Mighty Bosstones but I swear I’m not bragging). If there’s one thing that can be said about Flogging Molly circa 2019, it’s that more than two decades into the Celtic punk septet’s career, their live performance remains a total and complete bombastic juggernaut.

Frontman and bandleader Dave King led his merry band of misfits — wife and violin/tin whistle player Bridget Regan, guitarist Dennis Casey, bass player Nathen Maxwell, accordion player Matt Hensley, banjo player Spencer Swain and drummer Mike Alonso — out of the gate swinging, kicking things off with crowd favorite “(No More) Paddy’s Lament” that fired the crowd up from the start, producing the first in what seemed to be a constant onslaught of crowd surfers on this particular evening. From there, the band ripped through a dozen-and-a-half tracks that proved a pretty solid, career-spanning cross-section (though nothing from 2011’s Speed of Darkness made an appearance). They’ve been playing a very similar main set throughout most of tour, with newer tracks from their most recent album, Life Is Good, peppered in throughout a series of old favorites (“Devil’s Dance Floor,” “The Likes Of You Again,” of course “Drunken Lullabies). A couple of the numerous things that made this particular night special – aside from the fired up crowd – included a “Happy Birthday” singalong to one of Dennis Casey’s sons who was in town celebrating his eleventh trip around the sun, and a couple of brief appearances from longtime friend of the band Mike McColgan of Street Dogs fame.

Primary support on this run of the tour is provided by the mighty Lucero. If you’re a frequent visitor of this here website, you’re no-doubt aware we’ve covered band quite a bit live in a variety of different formats over the last couple of years. But aside from a run through Providence, Rhode Island, with in support of Clutch a few years ago, we haven’t seem them in an opening role in a while, so the band’s forty-five minute set was a bit of a departure and seemed like it was over way too quickly. The band’s latest album, last year’s stellar Among The Ghosts, was pretty heavily represented in the set that covered about ten songs. While a Flogging Molly crowd is A) generally pretty vocal and B) very much a FLOGGING MOLLY crowd, there was more than a little bit of cross-over on this particular night. Other highlights included a merch table-side request for “Hey Darlin’ Do You Gamble” from 2009’s 1372 Overton Park, and of course Ben and Rick’s otherwise unaccompanied run-throughs of “The War” and “Loving.” While an abbreviated, less-than-freeform Lucero set is still enjoyable and poignant as hell, we’re very much looking forward to our return trip to Memphis for to catch Ben and Brian and Roy and John and Rick at this year’s Family Block Party in April.

Each show on this leg of the tour also features opening appearances from Providence, Rhode Island’s The Huntress And Holder Of Hands. Admittedly, we’d not heard THAHOH before we found out that they were opening this run, although in hindsight we were at least peripherally aware of frontwoman MorganEve Swain’s old band, Brown Bird. The “new” band formed after the death of Swain’s husband and Brown Bird collaborator Dave Lamb, and perform as a sextet featuring string bass, cello, electric bass, drums, and Swain singing while alternating between viola and electric guitar. The result is a really, genuinely interesting sound that’s equal parts haunting chamber music and post-metal and Americana; for comparison’s sake only, I guess it’s like if Murder By Death were inspired by mournful soulfulness and not, well, whiskey or space operas (not that there’s anything wrong with that).

Check out our full photo rundown below.

 



Mickey Rickshaw (Celtic-punk) streaming new song “Keep Afloat” off upcoming album

Boston Celtic punks Mickey Rickshaw are streaming the song “Keep Afloat” off of their upcoming album Home in Song. Due out March 1st, this is another album you’re going to want to add to your St. Paddy’s day playlist. I had the pleasure of writing about the title track to this album a few months back and was really hoping we would see a full-length out of these guys.

You can check out the first two songs released from the new album below.

This is the first new music from Mickey Rickshaw since 2016’s Behind the Eight Ball. If you’re a fan of Flogging Molly or Dropkick Murphys you’ll want to check these guys out.



Flogging Molly add five new bands to this year’s Salty Dog Cruise

Flogging Molly has revealed the second wave of bands for their 5th annual Salty Dog Cruise. The cruise leaves November 8th from Fort Lauderdale for a 4-nights, and now features Frank Turner & The Sleeping Souls, Pennywise, Stiff Little Fingers, Hepcat, Mariachi El Bronx, Face To Face, Street Dogs, The Bronx and more. Tickets can be purchased from the cruise website.

Check out the full line up on the poster below.



Irish Moutarde release video for “The Bitter End”

The French-Celtic punks (Yes! It’s still a thing!) Irish Moutarde have released a video for their instant classic “The Bitter End”. The video embraces all the things that have made these guys one of my favorite under the radar bands. It’s fun, full of energy and the eclectic video embraces the chaos that is Irish Moutarde’s sound. Do everyone a favor and get these guys primed on your various playlists for St. Paddy’s Day.

For now check out the new video below.

“The Bitter End” comes from the album Perdition which was released last year. Again, if you’re a fan of The Dropkick Murphy’s or Real McKenzies these guys are right up your alley. 



Mickey Rickshaw (celtic-punk) streaming new song “Home In Song”

Boston Celtic-punks Mickey Rickshaw are streaming the new song “Home In Song”. The tune is reminiscent of the anthemic 90’s Celtic-punk sound and will having jigging about the living room.

Check out the new song below.

This is the first new music from Mickey Rickshaw since the 2016 release of Behind the Eight Ball. If you’re a fan of Dropkick Murphys or The Mahones these guys are for you.



Dropkick Murphys add European dates to spring tour

Dropkick Murphys recently detailed their annual St. Patrick’s Day Tour that sees the band tour the US for a month. They have now added European dates that kick off in Dublin in April – and include the Groezrock Festival. 

More info on all shows in below.



Dropkick Murphy’s announce tour dates leading up to hometown St Patrick’s Day Shows

Boston punk legends Dropkick Murphys have announced their annual St. Patrick’s Day Tour that will kick off on February 17th and lead up to 4 hometown shows.  The whole tour will feature support from Booze & Glory, Lenny Lashley’s Gang Of One and Amigo The Devil, with the Boston shows also featuring The Devil Makes Three, The Interrupters and Stop Calling Me Frank,

You can check out all the dates and locations below.

Dropkick Murphys last released 11 Short Stories of Pain and Glory in 2017 via Born and Bred Records.



Riot Fest Recap – Day One (Flogging Molly, Lagwagon, Bombpops, Direct Hit!, Pussy Riot and more)

The beer was $9. The crowd was greeted on inaugural day with a horrendous flute cover of Celine Dion’s “My Heart Will Go On”, complete with straining and crackling high notes. This year’s Riot Fest was a gorgeous, grotesque display of gathering bodies of drunk and fucked-up folks bathed in sweat thanks to an unforgiving sun radiating degrees in the upper 80’s throughout the three-day event.

Our coverage of Day One kicked off with Direct Hit, who played an energetic set, the type where the bassist Steve Murray hops sound so you hope he doesn’t land wrong and break his ankle. The band admitted most of their songs are about drugs. Ain’t nothing wrong with that. Oh, and between songs, the singer Nick Woods something about “The Big Bitch.” Towards the end of the set, drummer Danny Walkowiak actually ran from his drum set to the edge of the stage banging his drumsticks along with the clapping crowd before running back to his kit the second the band started back. It’s cliche as hell, but people loved the shit out of it.

Pussy Riot’s set was…interesting. I’ll admit I’m not a huge fan. While I do appreciate their political message and my heart goes out to member Pyotr Verzilov, who is recovering after being poisoned(!), the music didn’t quite move me that much. However, I would say their stage performance, consisting of everybody wearing florescent green ski-masks and button-up shirts was a sight to behold. But whatever momentum they was stopped when the group exited the stage and a played an audio recording of someone – who sounded like a robotic female voice – reciting twenty-five points about the one-percent and wealth redistribution. I don’t know how long the recording was, but it felt like forever, trust me. Probably sensing the crowd is restless, the group burst from the backstage, flaying their arms and torsos while the loudspeakers blasted the most Earth-shattering bass ever. That was enough to snap the crowd out of it before ending their set.

 

Next up for us were The Bombpops. Holy shit, The Bombpops. The name is fitting since this female-fronted LA band were popping bombs of raw, sonic goodness for the hefty sized crowd that afternoon. To give you an idea of their lyrical prowess, they played a song about shitting their pants called “Dear Beer,” a song about traffic called “Brake Lights” and, at one point, they talked about the heat giving them the “pussy sweats”and “sweaty assholes”.

Shifting gears, we got old-school hip-hop trio Digable Planets. Backed up by a live band, the group played the classic debut album “Reachin’ (A New Refutation of Time and Space).” Of course they played their hits “Rebirth of Slick (Cool like Dat)” and “Nickle Bag of Funk.” After twenty some-odd years, the trio still had the chemistry that made them popular in the first place. The band were no slouches either , with the bassist just going off on the slap bass solo that make Flea nod his head approvingly.

Atmosphere’s set seemed to complement Digable’s perfectly, with Slug’s dropping bars from a more introspective place. The seminal “God Loves Ugly”and “Fuck You Lucy”were definitely bangers for the large crowd as the sun ended its shift for the day. Slug’s charisma held the crowd’s attention throughout the set, with his words being more sermon and less hype, with gems such as “I wanna have as much fun as you’re having.” He did deviate from the serious by telling the crowd to raise their hands if they ever masturbated and touch take said hand and touch their neighbor with it.

Head below to check out more of our photos from Day One, including shots from Blood People, Lagwagon, Face To Face, Dropkick Murphys and Flogging Molly!

(All photography by Meredith Goldberg. Words by Frederic Hall.)



Dropkick Murphys and Flogging Molly add more dates to their co-headlining tour

Celtic punk legends Dropkick Murphys and Flogging Molly have added more dates to their co-headlining tour.  These new dates will see the bands stomping around in Canada and along the West Coast.

You can check out these dates and locations below.

Dropkick Murphys last released 11 Short Stories of Pain and Glory in 2017 via Born and Bred Records and Flogging Molly’s last release was Life is Good in 2017 via Vanguard Records



Flatfoot 56 Premieres New Video for Folk Version of “Cain”

Veteran Celtic punks, Flatfoot 56 just released an incredible video for their uber-stripped down version of the fan-favorite “Cain” from the new EP The Vancouver Sessions If you’ve heard the original version, which premiered on the epic LP Jungle of the Midwest Sea released back in ’07, you’re probably not even going to recognize this one. It’s far more mellow and has a fantastically folksy, rustic sound to it. When we asked frontman Tobin Bawinkel about the new video, he told us: “(It) was a blast to shoot. We shot it on a Sunday afternoon in about three hours. A whole group of us carried all our gear into a local forest preserve and proceeded to get as dirty as we could. We were a site for all the people walking by as we slapped each other with mud. We loved the way the video turned out. The producer (Jordan Saylor from JLS Collective) did a great job editing it up. We hope you enjoy it as well.” So, check it out below!



Flogging Molly, Face To Face & Lost In Stereo to feature on “Fireball – Fuelling The Fire Tour” in the UK

Flogging Molly, Face to Face and Lost In Stereo are to feature as part of the third annual ‘Fireball – Fuelling The Fire’ Tour. The tour runs through December in the UK. Full details of the tour dates are below. Tickets are on sale now from Ticketmaster.

There is one more band still to be announced.