Dropkick Murphys Debuts ‘We Will Overcome’ Lyric Video’

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Dropkick Murphys debuted the video for its latest single this week.

The band premiered the lyric video for its cover of the timeless protest song, ‘We Will Overcome’ Tuesday. The video features the band performing the classic protest song and blends that footage with vintage footage of civil rights figures and people singing the song. Meanwhile, the song’s lyrics appear on screen as the visualization plays out.

Dropkick Murphys’ take on ‘We Shall Overcome’ takes the band’s familiar Celtic punk leaning and adapts it to the song’s more familiar roots. The presentation is another infectious work from Dropkick Murphys. It is featured in the brand new digital-only re-issue of the band’s latest album, Turn Up That Dial.

Originally written by the Rev. Charles Albert Tindley in 1900 and titled I’ll Overcome Some Day,’ the song was renamed ‘We Shall Overcome Some Day’ in 1945 by Zilphia Horton. Horton also changed some of its lyrics along the way. In 1950, the song that became ‘We Shall Overcome’ was first recorded and became the anthem of the civil rights movement among African-Americans nationwide in August 1963.

More information on Dropick Murphys’ new single, video and Turn Up That Dial re-issue is available along with all of the band’s latest news at:

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Dropkick Murphys Re-Issuing Its Latest Album; Announces Free Livestream Concert

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Dropkick Murphys is scheduled to re-issue its latest album, Turn Up That Dial next week.

The band announced Thursday, it is scheduled to re-issue the album exclusively digitally March 18. The new, expanded re-issue will feature three bonus tracks, one of which is the band’s own take of the beloved song, ‘We Will Overcome.’ The band is scheduled to release the new single and its video Tuesday.

In other news, Dropkick Murphys will celebrate St. Patricks Day live online with its fans with a free, livestream concert. The concert is scheduled to stream live at 9 p.m. EDT. Audiences can go here to stream the concert.

The band’s upcoming free, livestreaming concert is part of a tour that the band is quickly winding down in support of its new album. The Bombpops and The Rumjacks are serving as support for the tour.

More information on Dropick Murphys’ Turn Up That Dial re-issue, livestream concert, and tour schedule is available along with all of the band’s latest news at:

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Twitterhttps://twitter.com/DropkickMurphys

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Dropkick Murphys Makes Announcement About Upcoming Tour

Courtesy: Ashton-Magnuson Media

Dropkick Murphys co-vocalist Al Barr will not join the band on the road for its upcoming tour.

The band made the announcement Tuesday through a prepared statement that is presented below.

“Hello everyone, 

We’ve been hard at work rehearsing for the first St. Patrick’s Day Tour in THREE YEARS. 

This morning, we have very sad news to tell you. Over the last few months, Al’s mother, Ingrid, has suffered a series of strokes. She has also been diagnosed with Lewy Body Dementia. Al, his sister and wife have been caring for Ingrid round the clock for months. Please join all of us in holding Ingrid in your prayers. 

Dropkick Murphys have always been about FAMILY. And in the spirit of FAMILY FIRST, Al has had to make the very difficult decision to stay home for the rest of the year to care for his Mom, so he will not be with us on the upcoming tour or in Europe this summer. We appreciate your compassion for Al’s family, and we know as part of our family you will understand and support us in dealing with these difficult times. 

THE SHOW WILL GO ON with Ken covering most of Al’s parts…along with some special guests like Jesse Ahern, Mikey Rivkees from The Rumjacks and Jen Razavi from The Bombpops joining us on vocals as well. Al will be cheering us on from home – and we will see each and every one of you starting next Monday when the tour kicks off in Reading, PA!!”

Lewy Body Dementia is a decline in a person’s cognitive abilities according to information from the National Institute of Health’s National Institute on Aging. The condition is believed to be caused in part by the loss of neurons that create chemicals needed to the brain’s proper functioning.

As the condition progresses in patients, those people experience hallucinations, memory loss, and inability to concentrate.

Dropkick Murphys’ upcoming tour is in support of its latest album, Turn Up That Dial, which was released in 2021 through its own label, Born & Bred Records.

Dropkick Murphys announced its upcoming tour in November. The Rumjacks, Jim Lindberg, and The Bombpops will serve as support for the tour. The tour’s schedule is noted below.

Dropkick Murphys 2022 St. Patrick’s Day Tour dates are as follows:

DateCityVenue
Feb. 21, 2022Reading, PASantander Arena
Feb. 22, 2022Rochester, NYMain Street Armory
Feb. 24, 2022Cleveland, OHTempleLive Cleveland
Feb. 25, 2022Detroit, MIThe Fillmore
Feb. 26, 2022Chicago, ILRadius
Feb. 27, 2022Madison, WIThe Sylvee
March 1, 2022Austin, TXStubb’s Waller Creek Amphitheater
March 2, 2022Houston, TXBayou Music Center (On sale TBD)
March 3, 2022New Orleans, LACivic Theatre
March 4, 2022Chattanooga, TNThe Signal
March 6, 2022Lake Buena Vista, FLHouse of Blues
March 7, 2022St. Petersburg, FLJannus Live
March 8, 2022Fort Lauderdale, FLRevolution
March 10, 2022Asheville, NCThe Orange Peel
March 11, 2022Wilmington, NCGreenfield Lake Amphitheater
March 12, 2022Washington, DCShamrockfest at RFK Festival Grounds
March 14, 2022Albany, NYAlbany Capitol Center
March 15, 2022Portland, MEState Theatre
March 17, 2022Boston, MAHouse Of Blues
March 18, 2022Boston, MAHouse Of Blues
March 19, 2022Boston, MAHouse Of Blues
March 20, 2022Boston, MARoadrunner

* The Bombpops on all shows except March 12 and 20.

* The Rumjacks on all shows except March 12.

* Jim Lindberg and The Rumjacks open March 20.

More information on Dropick Murphys’ new tour schedule is available along with all of Dropkick Murphys’ latest news at:

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The Rumjacks Debuts New Single, Video; Announces New Live Dates

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The Rumjacks unveiled the latest single from its new record to kick off the weekend, along with the song’s companion video.

The band debuted its new single, ‘Bounding Main‘ and its companion video Friday. The song and its video are the third from the band’s forthcoming EP, Brass For Gold, which is scheduled for release Feb. 11. The band debuted the record’s then latest single, ‘Bloodsoaked in Chorus‘ and its video last month. The group premiered the EP’s lead single, ‘One For The Road‘ Oct. 29.

The musical arrangement featured in ‘Bounding Main’ immediately lends itself to comparison to the works of the band’s fellow Celtic punk rock band, Dropkick Murphys. That is evidenced through the vocals, the use of the banjo and mandolin and even accordion.

No information was provided about the song’s lyrical theme in the press release announcing the debut of the new single and video. The lyrics provided with the video hint at a theme of a couple at a breaking point, literally and figuratively. That is evidenced as the lyrics make note of a woman saying she will not wait for a man “to find what you need.” The later mention of the woman telling the man, “Don’t let the rain fall ’till you’ve got a roof over your head”/She let the strains pull free” further hints at that theme.

If in fact the song’s lyrical theme does focus on the all too familiar topic, then the song’s video makes for an interesting pairing. That is because the video features the band performing its new single aboard a boat and pairs that with vintage footage of people (possibly immigrants) on boats, making their own voyages.

Courtesy: Earshot Media

In other news, The Rumjacks have announced a new live run. The tour is scheduled, which will follow the band’s run with Dropkick Murphys, is scheduled to launch May 1 in Brooklyn, NY and to run through May 28 in Greeley, CO. The tour also features performances in cities, such as Columbus, OH; Pittsburgh, PA and Tulsa, OK. The tour’s schedule is noted below.

New Dates (* with Flatfoot 56)

May 1 Brooklyn, NY @ The Brooklyn

May 2 Teaneck, NJ @ Debonair Music Hall

May 3 Philadelphia, PA @ Kung Fu Necktie

May 5 Harrisburg, PA @ Harrisburg Midtown Arts Center

May 6 Morgantown, WV @ 123 Pleasant Street

May 7 Pittsburgh, PA @ Hard Rock Cafe

May 8 Chicago, IL @ Reggie’s (Moonrunner Festival)

May 10 Lexington, KY @ The Burl

May 11 Indianapolis, IN @ HI-FI

May 15 Newport, KY @ Southgate House

May 17 Grand Rapids, MI @ Pyramid Scheme *

May 18 Columbus, OH @ Rumba Cafe *

May 19 Milwaukee, WI @ Shanks Hall *

May 20 St. Paul, MN @ Turf Club *

May 21 Lincoln, NE @ 1867 Bar

May 23 Tulsa, OK @ The Whittier

May 24 Wichita, KS @ Barleycorns *

May 26 Denver, CO @ Marquis Theatre *

May 27 Grand Junction, CO @ Mesa Theatre *

May 28 Greeley, CO @ Moxi Theatre *

Courtesy: Born & Bred Records/Ashton/Magnuson Media/Earshot Media

The Rumjacks’ tour with Dropkick Murphys is in support of DKM. The tour’s schedule is noted below.

Dropkick Murphys

St. Patrick’s Day Tour 2022

With Special Guests The Bombpops & The Rumjacks

Feb. 21 – Reading, Pa. @ Santander Arena

Feb. 22 – Rochester, N.Y. @ Main Street Armory

Feb. 24 – Cleveland, Ohio @ TempleLive Cleveland

Feb. 25 – Detroit, Mich. @ The Fillmore

Feb. 26 – Chicago, Ill. @ Radius

Feb. 27 – Madison, Wis. @ The Sylvee

March 1 – Austin, Texas @ Stubb’s Waller Creek Amphitheater

March 2 – Houston, Texas @ Bayou Music Center (On sale TBD)

March 3 – New Orleans, La. @ Civic Theatre

March 4 – Chattanooga, Tenn. @ The Signal

March 6 – Lake Buena Vista, Fla. @ House of Blues

March 7 – St. Petersburg, Fla. @ Jannus Live

March 8 – Fort Lauderdale, Fla. @ Revolution

March 10 – Asheville, N.C. @ The Orange Peel

March 11 – Wilmington, N.C. @ Greenfield Lake Amphitheater

March 12 – Washington, D.C. @ Shamrockfest at RFK Festival Grounds

March 14 – Albany, N.Y. @ Albany Capitol Center

March 15 – Portland, Maine @ State Theatre

March 17 – Boston, Mass. @ House Of Blues

March 18 – Boston, Mass. @ House Of Blues

March 19 – Boston, Mass. @ House Of Blues

March 20 – Boston, MA @ Roadrunner

* The Bombpops on all shows except March 12 and 20.

* The Rumjacks on all shows except March 12.

* Jim Lindberg and The Rumjacks open March 20.

More information on The Rumjacks’ new video, single, EP, and tour is available along with all of the band’s latest news at:

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Dropkick Murphys Debuts ‘Good As Gold’ Video; Band Announces Addition Of Jesse Ahern To Lineup For Upcoming Tour

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Dropkick Murphys premiered the video for its latest single this week.

The band debuted the video for its new single, ‘Good As Gold.’ The song and its video are the sixth from the band’s most recent album, Turn Up That Dial. The record has also produced the singles, ‘H.B.D.M.F.,’ ‘Middle Finger,‘  ‘Smash S*** Up,’ ‘Mick Jones Nicked My Pudding,’ and ‘I Wish You Were Here.’

The musical arrangement featured in ‘Good As Gold’ is, like those of the album’s other singles, everything that audiences have come to expect from Dropkick Murphys. The bagpipes are there complete with all of the band’s familiar punk stylings.

Co-vocalist Ken Casey talked about the song’s lyrical theme in a prepared statement.

‘Good as Gold,’ celebrates the music that shaped the band. It’s about the precious vinyl albums we all listen to, collect, and cherish – and the video shows how that music connects fans through generations,” he said.  “It’s about the important role music has played in our lives. The outside world may be going on. Boom, you put your headphones on, drop the needle, and nothing else matters. It’s about how much hope I’ve gotten from music, all of the inspiration, and the way it’s helped me take my frustrations out.”

That lyrical theme plays directly into the song’s video treatment as a young man is shown discovering some of the great music of the past for the first time on vinyl. Along the way, he gets to meet the band and even go for a ride with the guys.

In other news, Dropkick Murphys will bring back its annual St. Patrick’s Day Tour next year. The band announced through a news release Wednesday, it has added Jesse Ahern as support for the upcoming tour. Ahern will join The Bombpops and The Rumjacks as support on various dates.

The bands’ tour schedule is noted below. Tickets are available here.

Dropkick Murphys 2022 St. Patrick’s Day Tour dates are as follows:

DateCityVenue
Feb. 21, 2022Reading, PASantander Arena
Feb. 22, 2022Rochester, NYMain Street Armory
Feb. 24, 2022Cleveland, OHTempleLive Cleveland
Feb. 25, 2022Detroit, MIThe Fillmore
Feb. 26, 2022Chicago, ILRadius
Feb. 27, 2022Madison, WIThe Sylvee
March 1, 2022Austin, TXStubb’s Waller Creek Amphitheater
March 2, 2022Houston, TXBayou Music Center (On sale TBD)
March 3, 2022New Orleans, LACivic Theatre
March 4, 2022Chattanooga, TNThe Signal
March 6, 2022Lake Buena Vista, FLHouse of Blues
March 7, 2022St. Petersburg, FLJannus Live
March 8, 2022Fort Lauderdale, FLRevolution
March 10, 2022Asheville, NCThe Orange Peel
March 11, 2022Wilmington, NCGreenfield Lake Amphitheater
March 12, 2022Washington, DCShamrockfest at RFK Festival Grounds
March 14, 2022Albany, NYAlbany Capitol Center
March 15, 2022Portland, MEState Theatre
March 17, 2022Boston, MAHouse Of Blues
March 18, 2022Boston, MAHouse Of Blues
March 19, 2022Boston, MAHouse Of Blues
March 20, 2022Boston, MARoadrunner

* The Bombpops on all shows except March 12 and 20.

* The Rumjacks on all shows except March 12.

* Jim Lindberg and The Rumjacks open March 20.

More information on Dropick Murphys’ new single, video, and tour schedule is available along with all of the band’s latest news at:

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Facebookhttps://www.facebook.com/DropkickMurphys

Twitterhttps://twitter.com/DropkickMurphys

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Dropkick Murphys Announces Details For St. Patrick’s Day Tour 2022

Dropkick Murphys will bring back its annual St. Patrick’s Day Tour next year.

The band made the announcement in a press release distributed Tuesday. The tour, which will feature guest appearances by The Bombpops and The Rumjacks, is scheduled to kick off Feb. 21 in Reading, PA and to run through March 20 in the band’s hometown of Boston, MA.

Among the cities featured in the band’s upcoming tour are Wilmington, NC; Houston, TX and Madison, WI. The tour’s schedule is noted below. Tickets are scheduled to go on sale at 10 a.m. local time Friday.

Dropkick Murphys 2022 St. Patrick’s Day Tour dates are as follows:

DateCityVenue
Feb. 21, 2022Reading, PASantander Arena
Feb. 22, 2022Rochester, NYMain Street Armory
Feb. 24, 2022Cleveland, OHTempleLive Cleveland
Feb. 25, 2022Detroit, MIThe Fillmore
Feb. 26, 2022Chicago, ILRadius
Feb. 27, 2022Madison, WIThe Sylvee
March 1, 2022Austin, TXStubb’s Waller Creek Amphitheater
March 2, 2022Houston, TXBayou Music Center (On sale TBD)
March 3, 2022New Orleans, LACivic Theatre
March 4, 2022Chattanooga, TNThe Signal
March 6, 2022Lake Buena Vista, FLHouse of Blues
March 7, 2022St. Petersburg, FLJannus Live
March 8, 2022Fort Lauderdale, FLRevolution
March 10, 2022Asheville, NCThe Orange Peel
March 11, 2022Wilmington, NCGreenfield Lake Amphitheater
March 12, 2022Washington, DCShamrockfest at RFK Festival Grounds
March 14, 2022Albany, NYAlbany Capitol Center
March 15, 2022Portland, MEState Theatre
March 17, 2022Boston, MAHouse Of Blues
March 18, 2022Boston, MAHouse Of Blues
March 19, 2022Boston, MAHouse Of Blues
March 20, 2022Boston, MARoadrunner

* The Bombpops on all shows except March 12 and 20.

* The Rumjacks on all shows except March 12.

* Jim Lindberg and The Rumjacks open March 20.

Courtesy: Born & Bred Records

In related news, the band wrapped a tour in support of its latest album, Turn Up That Dial just last month. The album produced the singles, ‘H.B.D.M.F.,’ ‘Middle Finger,‘  ‘Smash S*** Up,’ ‘Mick Jones Nicked My Pudding,’ and ‘I Wish You Were Here.’

More information on Dropick Murphys’ new tour schedule is available along with all of Dropkick Murphys’ latest news at:

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Twitterhttps://twitter.com/DropkickMurphys

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Dropkick Murphys Debuts ‘H.B.D.M.F.’ Video

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Dropkick Murphys kicked off the weekend with a new music video.

The band debuted the video for its latest single, ‘H.B.D.M.F.’ Friday. The song is the latest single from the band’s latest album, Turn Up That Dial, which was released April 30 through the band’s own label, Born & Bred Records.

The premiere of ‘H.B.D.M.F.’ follows that of the album’s other singles, ‘Middle Finger,‘  ‘Smash S*** Up,’ ‘Mick Jones Nicked My Pudding,’ and ‘I Wish You Were Here.’ The musical arrangement featured in ‘H.B.D.M.F.’ is a gentle ballad type song that the band’s established audiences will find quite familiar, even with its own unique identity. It is one of those songs that will have audiences clasping one another’s shoulders, singing in unison, as they sway back and forth to the music.

The video for ‘H.B.D.M.F.’ finds the band singing its new single on a stage in front of an audience of puppets. Many of those puppets are figures that audiences might recognize from Dropkick Murphys’ recent livestream event, Dropkick Murphys St. Patrick’s Day Stream 2021…Still Locked Down, and from the album release party for Turn Up That Dial.

Dropkick Murphys founder and co-vocalist Ken Casey talked about the video’s creation during a recent interview.

“We had to learn to get creative making videos during the COVID restrictions,” he said. “We had to think outside the box, but it led to some really hilarious stuff like this video.”

In other news, Dropkick Murphys is gearing up for a tour with Rancid. The tour, dubbed the “Boston To Berkeley Tour II”, is scheduled to launch Aug. 10 and to run through Oct. 16. The tour’s schedule is noted below.

DateCityVenue
Tue. 8/10Waite Park, MNThe Ledge Amphitheater – Waite Park
Wed. 8/11Kansas City, MOGrinders
Fri. 8/13Lincoln, NELincoln On The Streets
Sat. 8/14Wichita, KSWave
Sun. 8/15Sauget, ILPop’s Outside
Tue. 8/17Washington, PAWild Things Park
Wed. 8/18Cincinnati, OHThe ICON Festival Stage at Smale Park
Fri. 8/20Gilford, NHBank Of New Hampshire Pavilion 
Sat. 8/21Worcester, MAThe Palladium Outdoors
Sun. 8/22Lewiston, NYArtpark Amphitheater
Mon. 8/23Columbus, OHEXPRESS LIVE! – Outdoors 
Wed. 8/25Richmond, VAVirginia Credit Union Live! 
Fri. 8/27Asbury Park, NJStone Pony Summerstage 
Sat. 8/28New York, NYForest Hills Stadium 
Tue. 8/31Philadelphia, PASkyline Stage @ Mann Music Center 
Wed. 9/1Bridgeport, CTHartford Health Care Amphitheater in Bridgeport
Thu. 9/16Milwaukee, WIBMO Harris Pavilion (Summerfest) *
Fri. 9/17Des Moines, IALauridsen Amphitheater at Water Works Park #
Sat. 9/18Chicago, ILDouglass Park (Riot Fest) *
Fri. 9/24Nashville, TNAscend Amphitheater +
Sat. 9/25Atlanta, GAAtlanta Civic Center – Outdoors +
Mon. 9/27Corpus Christi, TXConcrete Street Amphitheatre
Tue. 9/28Grand Prairie, TXTexas Trust CU Theatre at Grand Prairie
Wed. 9/29Oklahoma City, OKThe Zoo Amphitheatre
Fri. 10/1Denver, COMission Ballroom Outdoors
Sat. 10/2Sandy, UTU of U Health Plaza Rio Tinto Stadium
Mon. 10/4Nampa, IDFord Idaho Center Amphitheater
Tue. 10/5Seattle, WAWAMU Theater
Thu. 10/7Palo Alto, CAFrost Amphitheater
Fri. 10/8Sacramento, CADiscovery Park (Aftershock) *
Sat. 10/9Santa Ana, CAObservatory OC Festival Grounds
Sun. 10/10San Diego, CAGallagher Square at Petco Park San Diego
Tue. 10/12Mesa, AZMesa Amphitheatre
Wed. 10/13Paso Robles, CAVina Robles Amphitheatre
Fri. 10/15Las Vegas, NVTheater at Virgin Hotels Las Vegas
Sat. 10/16Los Angeles, CAShrine LA Outdoors
   
* Festival date 
+ without The Bronx, opener TBA   
# Dropkick Murphys with The Mighty Mighty Bosstones & Jesse Ahern 

More information on Dropick Murphys’ new tour dates and album is available along with all of Dropkick Murphys’ latest news at:

Websitehttps://www.dropkickmurphys.com

Facebookhttps://www.facebook.com/DropkickMurphys

Twitterhttps://twitter.com/DropkickMurphys

More information on Rancid’s upcoming tour dates is available along with all of the band’s latest news at:

Websitehttps://www.rancidrancid.com

Facebookhttps://www.facebook.com/rancid

Twitterhttps://twitter.com/rancid

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‘Turn Up That Dial’ Is Among Dropkick Murphys’ Best Albums To Date

Courtesy: Born & Bred Records

Dropkicck Murphys is scheduled to release its latest album, Turn Up That Dial Friday through its own label, Born and Bred Records.  In celebration of the album’s release, the band announced Monday that it will host a free, livestream album release part Friday.  The band’s 10th album, it offers plenty to celebrate, too, not the least of which being its featured musical arrangements, which will be discussed shortly.  The record’s lyrical content pairs with the noted musical arrangements to make for even more engagement and entertainment.  It will be discussed a little later.  The album’s sequencing rounds out its most important elements and will also be discussed later.  Each item noted here is important in its own way to the whole of the album’s presentation.  All things considered, they make the album one of the best of the band’s existing albums and one more of this year’s top new rock albums.

Dropkick Murphys’ latest album, Turn Up That Dial is one of the best of the band’s existing albums to date.  It is in reality, the band’s best album since its 2003 album, Blackout.  That is just this critic’s own take of course. Part of the record’s success comes through its featured musical arrangements.  The arrangements featured in this 39-minute presentation are more akin to the works featured in Blackout and its predecessors than the albums between Blackout and this record.  Those records – five in all – just seemed more “experimental” than fully focused.  Putting it more into layman’s terms, the noted albums – The Warrior’s Code, The Meanest of Times, Going out in Style, Signed and Sealed in Blood, and 11 Short Stories of Pain & Glory – did not have as many of the memorable hooks, melodies and choruses that this and the band’s other albums have presented.  Rather, they seemed to present more of an air of the band taking a risk and seeing where the songs would go.  That is not to say that those albums were bad by any means.  They were just less memorable than this album and the band’s four other albums.  Every song on this record features that catchy, infectious upbeat Celtic punk for which Dropkick Murphys has come to be known over the course of the band’s life.  There is even a hint of the traditional Scottish song, ‘Scotland The Brave’ in ‘Chosen Few,’ one of the new album’s entries.  It is a subtle addition to the song, but those who listen closely will catch the band’s unique arrangement of the song.  The short and simple here is that the musical arrangements featured in Turn Up That Dial will take listeners back to the sound to which they have become accustomed from Dropick Murphys while still maintaining some originality in their own presentation.  That stylistic return to form creates a solid foundation for Turn Up That Dial.  Building on that foundation is the lyrical content that accompanies the album’s musical arrangements.

The lyrical content that is featured in Turn Up That Dial is of note because of the variety in its presentations.  ‘Middle Finger,’ one of the album’s singles, serves well to exhibit that variety. Acording to co-front man Ken Casey, the song is somewhat biographical.  “Thinking of my younger days, I made things a lot harder for myself than they needed to be – and still pay for some of those mistakes now,” he said.  The note in the song’s chorus about Casey constantly putting up the middle finger, being rebellious, echoes Casey’s statement.  It is a statement that will resonate with a wide range of listeners, making it quite accessible. 

In contrast to the story featured in ‘Middle Finger,’ ‘Chosen Few’ takes a more political path as it promotes unity among Americans.  Of course, political commentary is nothing new for Dropkick Murphys.  In the case of this song, Casey has been cited as stating the song focuses on the havoc caused by now former President Donald Trump and the need for America to unite despite what Trump caused.  That message of unity comes early on in the song as Casey sings, “For a democracy to work/We gotta see it from both sides/Stop pointing fingers/Shut your mouth and compromise/These last 10 months/The division really grew/While the guy in charge said, ‘It’s just another flu’/Let’s get our s*** together/Not make things such a fuss/We can’t behave like nitwits/The world is watching us/No more silly temper tantrums/Let’s all just behave/remember who we  are/We’re the home of the brave.”  The commentary continues with Casey singing in the song’s second verse, “We used to be the heroes/Today we are the trash/They took all our good will and they shoved it up our ass/The welcome has worn out  for the red, white, and blue/If we don’t smarten up/They’re gonna tell us all to screw/But can you really  blame ‘em all/For thinking that we suck/Our antics and behavior/The people are fed up/So  let’s  find  a common  ground on which we can agree/Congress, senate, White House/And even Billy Dee.”  The song’s third and final verse follows in similar fashion, complete with Casey and company singing, “Na na na na/Na na na na/Hey, hey/Goodbye,” a cynical statement that fittingly sends Trump on his way following his election defeat.  Yes, Trump was defeated as much as he wants to deny that thanks to his narcissistic pride.  Sadly, even now in a post-Trump era, America still has not heeded that call for unity.  If anything, the nation’s division is just as wide as ever if not wider than before.  That aside, that the band would once again take on a socio-political commentary among many other topics here is more proof of the importance of the album’s lyrical content.  That the band would do so in a fashion that makes the topic so accessible adds even more to that importance.

As Dropkick Murphys closes out its new album, the record’s lyrical diversity continues in ‘I Wish You Were Here.’  The song is a lyrical tribute to the father of Casey’s fellow co-front man, Al Barr.  The folk style approach to the touching musical elegy in its musical arrangement partners well with Barr’s warm yet bittersweet rumination on his love for his father.  Barr’s statement that, “I wish you were here/How I wish you were here/I’m out on my own/I’m so far from home/And I wish you were here” is certain to resonate with so many listeners.  We all reach that point in life in which we really do miss our parents whether it be as adults ourselves or even younger.  To that end, the melancholy mood of the noted lines, paired with the song’s equally beautifully painful musical content makes this song even more impacting.  When this song’s accessible lyrical content is considered along with that in the other songs examined here and the rest of the album’s songs, the whole leaves no doubt as to the importance of the album’s lyrical content.  When the impact of the album’s lyrical content and musical arrangements is considered in whole, that collective shows even more why this album is successful.  Even with all of this in  mind, the album’s sequencing still deserves its own attention.

The sequencing of Turn Up That Dial is important to note because of the role that it has in terms of the album’s general effect.  The songs range from just over two-and-a-half minutes to as much as almost four-and-a-half minutes throughout the course of the album’s nearly 40-minute run time.   Even with that range of run times from one song to the next, the sequencing ensures that the songs’ energies keep the record’s pacing solid throughout.  That attention to detail ensures in its own way that the record keeps moving and that in turn, listeners remain engaged and entertained.  The result is that listeners will be left feeling fulfilled, knowing they have experienced a presentation that is another of Dropkick Murphys’ best albums.

Dropkick Murphys’ new album Turn Up That Dial is a work that will impress any of the band’s audiences.  That is proven in no small part to the album’s musical arrangements.  The arrangements in question are everything that audiences have come to expect from the veteran Celtic punk rock band.  The lyrical content featured in the album, which is largely presented in a somewhat retrospective fashion from one song to the next, presents plenty of diversity in its topics.  What’s more, the songs’ lyrical themes are accessible and delivered in such fashion, too.  That ensures listeners’ maintained engagement and entertainment in its own way, too.  The record’s sequencing puts the finishing touch to its presentation.  It ensures that the album progresses fluidly from one song to the next.  The result is that listeners will find the album ending before they realize it, but in the best sense possible.  Each item examined here is important in its own way to the whole of this album.  All things considered, they make Turn Up That Dial one of Dropkick Murphys’ best albums to date and one more of this year’s top new rock albums.  Turn Up That Dial is scheduled for release Friday through Born & Bred Records.

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Dropkick Murphys announce special benefit show

Celtic punk rock band Dropkick Murphys has announced it will be peforming a special benefit show this Fall.  The band announced that it will perform Friday, September 21st in Boston.  The concert will be at Boston’s Bank of America Pavilion waterfront amphitheatre as part of its current “Halfway to St. Patrick’s Day” tour.

Tickets for the show go on sale Saturday, June 9th.  $1 from each ticket sold will go to benefit the Claddagh Fund.  The Claddagh Fund is a charitable organization which aids organizations that provide assistance to children, veterans, and alcohol and drug abuse.

Dropkick Muprhys is currently on tour in Europe in support of its recent album, “Going out in Style” and its companion, “Going out in Style:  Fenway Park Edition.” “Going Out in Style:  Fenway Park Edition” was released March 13th.  More information on the band is available online at http://www.dropkickmurphys.com, on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/dropkickmurphys, on Twitter at http://twitter.com/dropkickmuprhys, and on Myspace at http://www.myspace.com/dropkickmurphys.

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