Dropkick Murphys Unveil ‘Paying My Way’ Video

Dropkick Murphys has partnered with the National Hockey League for the band’s video for its new single.

The band unveiled the video for its new single ‘Paying My Way’ this week.  The song comes from the band’s new album 11 Stories of Pain & Glory, which is due out Jan. 6 via the band’s own label, Born & Bred Records.

The song’s new video couples the song with NHL footage from the league’s present and past.  It includes game footage and shots of players from different teams in the locker room, too.  DKM’s hometown team, the Boston Bruins are even included in the video.  The video is streaming online now here. The song is streaming online now via Spotify.

Courtesy: Born & Bred Records/NHL Network

Courtesy: Born & Bred Records/NHL Network

Band founder/vocalist Ken Casey explained the song’s lyrical theme, saying it is about trying to be the best that a person can be, and looking long term at the importance of trying one’s best.

‘Paying My Way’ is not just about paying your bills,” Casey said. ‘It’s about doing what you have to do in order to be a good person, but at the end of the day, never losing sight of the fact that doing the next right thing may lead to great things one day.”

Pre-orders for 11 Stories of Pain & Glory are open now via iTunes.  Audiences who pre-order the album now will get ‘Paying My Way’ as an instant download.  Limited edition CD and vinyl pressings of the album can be placed online now here.

Dropkick Murphys will hit the road in support of 11 Stories of Pain & Glory beginning Feb. 21 in Bethlehem, PA.  The band’s tour winds down on St. Patrick’s Day Week with a string of hometown shows in Boston.  Tickets for the band’s tour are available now.

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Dropkick Murphys Offering New Single Download Now With Album Pre-Orders

Courtesy: Dropkick Murphys

Courtesy: Dropkick Murphys

Dropkick Murphys is offering its fans an early Christmas present.

The band had made available its cover of the classic song ‘You’ll Never Walk Alone’ for those who pre-order the band’s new album 11 Short Stories of Pain & Glory.  The album will be released Friday, January 6, 2017 through the band’s own label, Born & Bred Records.

‘You’ll Never Walk Alone’ is best known for its use in the beloved Rogers & Hammerstein musical Carousel.  Also covered by Gerry and the Pacemakers, this latest reworking of the song gives it a whole new identity as a message of hope for, and solidarity with, people suffering with opiate addiction.  It is one of the 11 powerful stories presented in the band’s upcoming album, too.

Bassist and band founder Ken Casey explained that the inspiration for the band’s new take on the song came about after he left a wake for front man Al Barr’s brother-in-law, who had died from an overdose.

“Between Al’s loss and all the friends and people that I know, I’d say I’ve been to 50 wakes in the last three years,” Casey said. “I was leaving another overdose wake and the song came on in the car.  My music was on shuffle and ‘You’ll Never Walk Alone’ randomly played.  As I heard the chorus, “Walk on, walk on with hope in your heart, and you’ll never walk alone,” it struck me how powerfully the song related to the struggle and how you don’t have to do it alone.”

The song went on to become the first piece recorded for the band’s new album.  Audiences can get an instant download of the song now when they pre-order 11 Songs of Pain & Glory online via iTunes.  Limited edition CD and vinyl pressings of the album can be pre-ordered via the band’s official webstore.  Audiences can stream the band’s cover of ‘You’ll Never Walk Alone’ online now here.

Courtesy: Born & Bred Records

Courtesy: Born & Bred Records

Dropkick Murphys will launch a tour in support of its new album beginning February 21, 2017.  The tour currently runs through March 19, 2017 and includes a string of hometown shows from March 15 – 19 at Boston’s St. Patrick’s Day Week.  Audiences can get tickets for the band’s shows now here.  More information on Dropkick Murphys’ new single, album, tour and more is available online now along with all of the band’s latest news and more is available online at:

 

 

 

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Dropkick Murphys To Open 2017 With New Album, Tour

Courtesy: Dropkick Murphys

Courtesy: Dropkick Murphys

Dropkick Murphys will kick off the new year with a new album and tour.

The veteran Massachusetts-based punk outfit announced recently that it will release its full-length studio recording 11 Short Stories of Pain and Glory on January 6th.  Unlike each of its previous recordings, this offering was recorded in El Paso, TX.  Founding member and bassist Ken Casey explained the band’s reasoning for the change in a recent interview.

“To me, the whole story starts with the fact we actually agreed to go – and then went – to Texas.  Because we’ve never left home to make a record,” Casey said.  “As everyone’s lives have become crazier and busier with kids and families, it’s gotten harder to buckle down at home.  We decided to leave Boston, go down literally to the middle of nowhere and lock ourselves in a room.”

11 Short Stories of Pain and Glory was influenced in part by the band’s experience working with The Claddagh Fund, a charity that the band established in 2009.  The charity helps support addiction recovery as well as children’s and veterans’ organizations.  The band’s experiences working with that charity are reflected in the album’s songs including ‘Rebels With A Cause,’ which focuses on children who have been “given up on, left behind by a system that has written them off as hopeless.”  ‘Paying My Way’ is another one of the album’s standout works.  This song focuses on overcoming addiction and the positives that come from overcoming addiction.

Along with its songs focused on its experiences with the Claddagh Fund, the band also pays tribute to the victims of the Boston bombings in ‘4-15-13,’ a deeply emotional piece.  The band members personally visited victims of the 2013 bombing and got to know the victims. Casey explained the writing process that stemmed from those visits.

“Since that day, we felt like not taking the challenge to write a song about what we all went through would be taking the coward’s way out,” he said.  We put more importance on writing that piece of music than anything we’ve ever done, because if your’e going to touch that day, it has to be done right.  We went through so many emotions with that whole experience, as did everyone in Boston.  It changed the city forever.”

Audiences can pre-order 11 Short Stories of Pain and Glory online now via iTunes and get an instant download of the album’s first single ‘Blood’ now.  Audiences can also stream the song now via Apple Music, Spotify, Amazon and Google Play.  The song’s lyric video is streaming online now here.

Audiences can also pre-order the album on limited edition CDs and vinyl via the band’s online store now.

Along with the announcement of its new album, the band also recently announced that it will launch a tour in support of its new album beginning February 21st in Bethlehem, PA.  The tour currently spans 22 dates and includes hometown shows in Arkansas, Minnesota, South Carolina, and hometown shows in Boston along with lots of other dates.  The band’s current tour schedule is noted below.

11 Short Stories of Pain & Glory Tour dates are as follows with The Interrupters and Blood or Whiskey opening except where noted below.

 

2/21/17 – Bethlehem, PA – Sands Bethlehem Event Center *+

2/22/17 – Columbus, OH – Express Live! *+

2/24/17 – Clive, IA – 7 Flags Event Center *+

2/25/17 – Hinckley, MN – The Grand Minnesota Taste Together *

2/26/17 – Sioux Falls, SD – The District *+

2/28/17 – Kansas City, MO – Uptown Theater *+

3/1/17 – Tulsa, OK – Cain’s Ballroom *+

3/2/17 – Little Rock, AR – Metroplex Live *+

3/3/17 – Robinsonville, MS – Horseshoe Tunica – Bluesville *+

3/4/17 – Birmingham, AL – Iron City *+

3/6/17 – St. Petersburg, FL – Janus Live *

3/7/17 – Ft. Lauderdale, FL – Revolution Live *

3/8/17 – Lake Buena Vista, FL – House of Blues *

3/10/17 – Myrtle Beach, SC – House of Blues *+

3/11/17 – Washington, DC – Shamrockfest Dropkick Murphys ONLY

3/12/17 – Huntington, NY – The Paramount *+

3/15/17 – Boston, MA – TBA

3/16/17 – Boston, MA – TBA

3/17/17 – Boston, MA – TBA

3/18/17 – Boston, MA – Agganis Arena

3/18/17 – Boston, MA – After Party @ House Of Blues with Pro Boxing

3/19/17 – Boston, MA – TBA

* w/ Blood or Whiskey

+ w/ The Interrupters

 

 

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The Dead Daisies’ New LP Is A “Rock Solid” Record

Courtesy: SPV

Courtesy: SPV

It’s official.  There’s another new contender for the title of one of the year’s top new rock records.  The band’s name: The Dead Daisies.  The band’s album: Make Some Noise.  While the band’s name makes it sound like some dark, goth-rock act, the truth is that it is anything but.  It is a super group of sorts whose album, just as with Foghat’s new album Under The Influence, exhibits everything that is right with rock and roll.  It reminds listeners through both its musical arrangements and lyrical content that thankfully, there is still hope for real rock and roll even in the 21st century.  The album’s adrenaline-fueled opener ‘Long way To Go’ clearly exhibits that.  The same can be said of the album’s titles track and its cover of John Fogerty’s ‘Fortunate Son.’  All three songs show in their own way why this record gives hope for real rock and roll in the 21st century.  They are hardly the only songs presented in the album that could be cited in proving this.  There are nine other songs that could just as easily be used to prove that statement.  All things considered the album in whole is a *ahem* rock solid record that, again, gives full hope for the future of rock in the 21st century.

The Dead Daisies’ latest full length studio offering Make Some Noise is a record that will have listeners making noise of their own after hearing it.  That is because over the course of its twelve total tracks, it reminds listeners that thankfully there is still hope for the future of real rock in the 21st century.  The album’s opener is a clear example of why the album gives such strong hope.  That is exhibited both in the song’s musical arrangement and its lyrical content.  The song’s musical arrangement is a full-throttle, no-nonsense, guitar-driven rock and roll composition that conjures thoughts of AC/DC, and so many other pure rock and roll acts.  The catch is that even with those thoughts in mind, the song manages to maintain its own identity separate from those bands.  This makes the song all the more enjoyable.  It is just part of what makes the song stand out.  The song’s lyrical content is just as important to note here as its musical makeup.  The song’s lyrical content is a clearly socially conscious statement that addresses the unrest in the world today.  That is clear as front man John Corabi (ex-Motley Crue) sings, “There’s something going down on the streets right now/There’s hate in the air/We’re upside down/Guns and bombs/Blood on the floor/We’re killing ourselves and there ain’t no cure/Maybe tomorrow/Maybe today/No more enemies…Just more suffering.”  From here he and his band mates—Doug Aldrich (guitar), Marco Mendoza (bass), Bran Tichy (drums), and Davi Lowy (guitar)—drive home the song’s message in its chorus as they sing, “We’ve got a long way to go/And no time to get there/One step forward two steps back/There ain’t nobody to blame.”  The message is just as clear in the song’s second verse as Corabi sings, “Something’s going on/Times are changin’/Movin’ too fast/We’re all going crazy/Black man, white man…in the name of love open your eyes.”  The message is clear.  People have got to stand up and join together, not stand against one another.  We have got to overcome all of the violence and hate that are filling the world.  It is a wonderful message.  Given it’s hardly the first time that a band has ever presented that message.  The thing is that it is a message that the world needs to hear whether from The Dead Daisies or another band.  What’s more the fact that Corabi and company presented the message in such a straight-forward, blue-collar fashion makes it all the more important to note.  It isn’t presented in some overly philosophical fashion (as has been done by some bands) or even in any militant fashion either (as with certain other acts).  Audiences familiar with their music history will understand those references. It just puts the message out there: we have got to stand together against all of this negativity in the world.”  The band uses the same blue-collar rock and roll approach in the song’s musical arrangement, which adds even more to the message’s impact.  When the two elements are joined together as one, they work to show in whole just what makes the song (and the album in whole) such an impressive new offering from The Dead Daisies.  Audiences can see the song’s official video online now here.  It is just one of the songs presented in this album that makes the record so impressive.  The album’s title track is another clear example of what makes this record such a strong new offering from the band.

‘Long Way To Go’ is in itself an impressive inclusion in The Dead Daisies’ new album.  It is an impressive composition in itself.  That is evident both in its musical arrangement and its socially conscious lyrical content.  The band’s blue-collar approach to both makes the song both a strong start for the band on its new album and a clear example of what makes the album in whole stand out.  It is just one of the songs included in the album that makes it stand out.  The album’s title track is yet another of the album’s most notable compositions.  It stands out because it is, plain and simple, a hard rocking, fist-pumping, arena rock song.  It is the polar opposite of the album’s opener.  The song’s musical arrangement is much slower in terms of its tempo than that of ‘Long Way To Go.’  And even despite that it still hits hard thanks to the work of Tichy and Aldrich.  Tichy forms the song’s musical foundation with his work behind the kit and Aldrich builds on that solid foundation with his simple yet so fun guitar line.  Mendoza’s low end expertly compliments their work.  All three lines join together to instantly make the song’s musical arrangement infectious and a song that is sure to be a fan favorite at the band’s live shows, even as short as it is (it clocks in at just under three-minutes).  The song’s lyrical content shows even more why the song stands out so clearly among the album’s other offerings.  That is because of its simplicity.  Corabi sings here, “Everybody stand/Get outta your chair/Lemme hear your sound/Put your hands in the air/Everybody on the left/Everybody on the right/Don’t hold back/Get crazy all night/Make some noise/Make it louder/Make some noise/Everybody now.”  Corabi goes on in similar fashion throughout the rest of the song, encouraging audiences to turn up the volume and just let loose.  No doubt they will, too.  That is regardless of whether audiences are listening in their cars, at home, or at the band’s live show.  It will leave listeners pumping their firsts in the air (and their horns) all the while with a wide smile on their faces.  Between that and the song’s musical arrangement, the song gives listeners plenty to enjoy.  When the pair is coupled it shows with full clarity why it is another important addition to the album’s whole and why the album in whole is an impressive new effort from The Dead Daisies.  It still is not the album’s only remaining standout composition either.  The band’s take on John Fogerty’s famed protest song ‘Fortunate Son’ is just as notable as the album’s title song and its opener.

‘Long Way To Go’ and ‘Make Some Noise’ are both key inclusions in The Dead Daisies’ new album Make Some Noise.  That is made clear both in the songs’ musical arrangements and their lyrical content.  The songs’ musical arrangements are both pure rock and roll compositions.  There’s pretense to either arrangement.  Nor does either one aim low.  Rather each song presents the band giving its best and its all.  The songs’ lyrical content shows just as much thought put into the record.  One song presents an important message about unity that, just as with the songs’ musical arrangements, lacks any pretense in doing so.  The other is the polar opposite, giving listeners a clear taste of a live Dead Daisies show.  Its approach is just as simple as that used in the message in ‘Long Way To Go.’  Both songs show in their own way what makes them stand out among their counterparts.  They also serve to show (both by themselves and together) what makes the album in whole such an impressive new effort from the band.  They are not the only songs that serve this end.  The band’s cover of John Fogerty’s famed protest song ‘Fortunate Son’ stands out just as much as those songs and the rest of the album’s compositions.  The band’s take is hardly the first time that a band has tackled the song.  What is important to note is that despite that, it is one of the better renditions of said song.  That is due in large part to the band’s approach to the song’s musical arrangement.  The band maintains the song’s original identity in its take on the song at the same time given the song its own extra touch.  The band does that through the use of its familiar no-nonsense rock and roll approach.  In essence the band takes Fogerty’s original tune and steps it up even more here with its own take on the song.  The end result is a song that is right up there with Dave Grohl’s take on the song (which was included in Fogerty’s 2013 album Wrote A Song For Everyone and Dropkick Murphy’s take on the song included in its 2005 compilation Singles Collection: Volume 2.  Keeping this in mind, it is just one more song that exemplifies what makes Make Some Noise another impressive effort from The Dead Daisies.  It is, again, not the only remaining song included in this record that could be used to show what makes the album so enjoyable.  ‘Song and a Prayer’ will take listeners back to the late 80s ad early 90s, when guitar rock was still king. ‘Last Time I Saw The Sun’ is a work that Buckcherry fans will appreciate. And ‘All The Same’ conjures thoughts of Sammy Hagar (both as a solo artist and with Van Halen).  They are just a few more songs include in this record that make it so enjoyable.  Whether for those songs, the songs more directly addressed here, or any of the album’s other compositions, listeners will agree that the album in whole is a *ahem* rock solid record and yet another clear candidate for a spot on any critic’s list of the year’s top new rock records.

The Dead Daisies’ new album Make Some Noise is a record that is certain to leave listeners making their own noise about it after listening through each of its twelve total songs.  That is because collectively they reassure listeners that even in the 21st century there is still hope for real, guitar-driven rock and roll.  The album’s socially conscious yet blue-collar opener clearly proves this. The confident arena rocker that is the album’s title track proves it just as much.  The same can be said of the band’s cover of John Fogerty’s ‘Fortnute Son.’  The song maintains the original song’s identity while adding a great additional touch through the band’s arrangement of the timeless tune.  These are just a few of the songs that show why Make Some Noise will leave listeners making their own noise about the record.  When they are set against the rest of the album’s songs, the album in whole proves, again, to be a “rock solid” record and another clear candidate for a spot on any critic’s list of the year’s top new rock records.  It is available now in stores and online.  More information on Make Some Noise is available online along with all of the band’s latest news and more at:

 

 

 

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Tales From Wisconsin Is One Of Teenage Bottlerocket’s Best Records Yet

Courtesy:  Rise Records

Courtesy: Rise Records

Teenage Bottlerocket is one of the best punk rock bands that audiences have never heard. For almost fifteen years, this Laramie, Wyoming-based band has been making its own brand of punk rock and building its audience base. All the while, it has remained just under the mainstream radar. This is actually a good thing. That is because it has kept the band from becoming just another cookie cutter pop punk rock band a la Sum 41, Blink 182, Newfound Glory, etc. Remaining just under that mainstream radar has allowed the band to continue crafting its own brand of music more akin to its counterparts in The Lillingtons, Bowling For Soup, and others of that ilk, all the while building its legions of fans around the world. The band’s latest album Tales From Wisconsin is proof of that. It is a fourteen track, thirty-five minute record that is just as certain to have listeners singing along happily just as much as any of the band’s previous releases. This has already been proven thanks to the album’s lead single, the light-hearted ‘Nothing Else Matters (When I’m With You),’ and its follow-up ‘They Call Me Steve.’ Both songs clearly show that nearly fifteen years after it first formed and roughly thirteen years after the release of its debut album Another Way, Teenage Bottlerocket has not lost a single step. The album’s gentle, acoustic closer ‘First Time’ shows this just as much. What’s more, it shows a certain growth from the members of Teenage Bottlerocket. Sure, the comparison to Dropkick Murphys and Green Day are inescapable here. But considering TBR’s body of work up to this point, it shows a turning point for the band and just as with the album’s first two singles shows yet again why this album is one more success from what is one of the punk realm’s best kept secrets.

TBR’s new album Tales From Wisconsin comes some thirteen years after the release of its debut record Another Way. One would think that considering how long TBR has been making music together, it would have broken through into the mainstream a long time ago when MTV and VH1 were still airing music videos and when they, along with the nation’s mainstream radio stations, were thirsting for the next big name in punk rock. Interestingly enough that never happened. Yet considering what those outlets did to the reputation of punk rock, maybe it’s a good thing that TBR never did break through. It allowed TBR to continue making its own music rather than give in to some A&R rep and other label exec along the way. Because it has manage to avoid those trappings, the band has manage to craft an album in Tales From Wisconsin–its sixth full-length studio effort–that is just as enjoyable as any of its previous recordings. That is evident early on in the record courtesy of its lead single ‘Nothing Else Matters (When I’m With You).’ This fully tongue-in-cheek song pays homage to veteran hard rock/metal act Metallica all while presenting a story of a man who has met a woman who is just as much a fan of the band as him. The song’s standard, melodic punk sound will itself have audiences on their feet, dancing in time as Brandon Carlisle keeps time alongside brother Ray Carlisle and fellow guitarist Kody Templeman. The song’s lyrical side is just as apt to put a smile on audiences faces as Templeman makes reference after reference to Metallica’s body of work throughout the song, singing, “That guy was such a d*******/When we were sticking up for Jason Newstead/That’s when you said you loved …And Justice For All/I didn’t make up with the creeps that night/they were looking for a fight/I was totally right on/The frayed ends of sanity/The shortest straw has been pulled for me/I’ll probably fade to black someday/Unless you hit the lights and escape with me.” The references to Metallica’s extensive catalogue don’t stop here. There is also a reference to ‘The Unforgiven’ and ‘Nothing Else Matters.’ The song’s very title is itself a reference to ‘Nothing Else Matters.’ Such playful use of references coupled with the standard theme of a love found make this one of the most original compositions of its kind to be churned out by a musical act in any genre. Such originality makes clear why this song was chosen as the lead single for TFW. It also makes clear by itself what makes TFW one more wonderful release from one of the rock world’s best kept secrets. Audiences can check out the song’s lyric video online now via YouTube at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YdRrN4xQ8zk.

‘Nothing Else Matters (When I’m With You) is one of the most original compositions about a relationship that has ever been crafted by any act in any of the music world’s many genres. The playful references to Metallica’s biggest hits as the basis for the song’s story coupled with the song’s catchy hooks and chorus makes it obvious why the song was chosen as TFW’s lead single. It also stands as just one clear example of why TBR remains today one of the best kept secrets in both the world of punk and rock in general. The song’s follow-up ‘They Call Me Steve’ shows just as clearly how much TBR has to offer on its latest release. The song’s musical side boasts even more infectious hooks and choruses throughout its two-minute, twenty-one second run time. Looking at the song from a lyrical standpoint, it is just as intriguing as Templeman sings, “I knocked down a tree with my bare hands/And I’ve been to all four corners of this land/I killed a giant spider with an iron sword/And I ran ten miles being chased by a zombie horde/They call me Steve/I’ll do anything you want me to/They call me Steve/I’ll dig a hole to Hell and back for you.” If not for the song’s companion video, which can be viewed online now, the song alone would definitely have had audiences talking. The song’s companion video is a Minecraft themed creation that perfectly complements the song’s lyrical content. It’s a love story in a video game world. The video can be viewed online via YouTube at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IqLAkjRyiJU. In viewing the video, audiences will agree that it perfectly illustrates the story presented in the song and in turn makes the song even more enjoyable than it is on its own musical merits. The combination of the song’s musical and lyrical sides, and its companion video makes clear once again why TBR remains one of the best names in the punk realm and one of rock’s best kept secrets. Alongside ‘Nothing Else Matters (Without You),’ it shows even more clearly whyTFW is such an enjoyable record.

‘Nothing Else Matters (Without You)’ and ‘They Call Me Steve’ are both clear examples of what makes TFW such an enjoyable record both for fans that are new to the band’s material and to those that are more familiar with the band’s body of work. As much enjoyment as those songs offer audiences, there is one more song on this record that stands out even more than them as one of the album’s highest of points. That song is the album’s string-laden acoustic closer ‘First Time.’ Both musically and lyrically it presents the band’s much more rarely exhibited softer side. The comparison to Green Day and Dropkick Murphys among others is inescapable here because of that combination of music and lyrics. But being one of those truly rare times that the band has gotten to display its softer side, it makes this moment something special. It shows the band a little more willing to grow and show a more mature side from the band in comparison to what audiences have become accustomed to hearing. There is almost a certain desperation in Templeman’s voice as he sings I’m falling apart with a broken heart for the first time/I’m starting to doubt what this feeling’s about/For the first time/I stare at the wall/I’m beginning to fall…For the first time/spinning out of control/With nowhere left to go.” It’s not the standard oh, woe is me sort of delivery musically or lyrically that audiences have become all too familiar with from so many punk and emo bands. It has its own identity. Because of that, it proves yet again what makes TFW just as enjoyable as TBR’s previous records and why this veteran punk rock band remains today one of the best kept secrets of the rock world in whole. Together with ‘Nothing Else Matters (When I’m With You)’ and ‘They Call Me Steve,’ all three songs together exhibit why this record is just as enjoyable for first time listeners and for those that are more familiar with the band’s body of work. That is not to discount the other dozen tracks that make up this record, either. Each of those tracks not noted here makes its own argument in favor of TFW, too. The whole of those tracks and those more fully noted here show clearly why every punk rock fan should hear this record regardless of their familiarity with TBR.

TBR is currently out on tour in support of its new album. It will wrap up the U.S. leg of its tour this Sunday, April 19th in Denver, Colorado before taking a few days off to recharge and prep for the European leg of its tour. That leg kicks off next Thursday, April 24th in Lindau, Germany. Fans will be able to pick up TFW at either of those shows or any of its upcoming shows, too. Fans that can’t make it to the band’s shows can also pick up TFWin stores and online. Fans can check out TBR’s latest tour dates and get more information on TFW, and where they can purchase it online now at:

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Me First And The Gimme Gimmes Coming To The 2015 Punk Rock Bowling And Music Festival

Courtesy:  BSG PR

Courtesy: BSG PR

Veteran punk rock band Me First and the Gimme Gimmes will perform at this year’s annual Punk Rock Bowling an Music Festival.

Festival organizers announced today that the San Francisco-based band has been added to the Club Show lineup for this year’s festival. Also announced as special guests are: Manic Hispanic and The All Brights, which features members of The Loved Ones and Good Riddance. The All Brights’ performance at this year’s festival marks the band’s debut. Tickets for the show, which will be on Friday, May 22nd, go on sale this Saturday, April 11th at 4pm ET/1pm PST. Doors open at 9pm PST/12am ET.

This year’s Club Show schedule consists of seventeen shows and kicks off Friday, May 22nd. It will feature more than sixty bands through the course of the weekend-long schedule. All shows are 21 and over with valid ID. Some of the other bands tapped for the club show schedule at this year’s festival are: Frank Turner (performing solo), GBH, The Rezillos, Laura Jane Grace, 7 Seconds, Hagfish, 88 Fingers Louie, Icons of Filth, Aggrocats (featuring members of Aggrolites and Hepcat), Street Dogs, English Beat among others. The festival’s three main stages will be headlined by Rancid, Dropkick Murphys, and Refused. Also scheduled to appear this year are: The Mighty Mighty Bosstones, Murder City Devils, Conflict, Turbonegro, Bad Manners, and Sick Of It All, Jello Biafra and the Guantanamo School of Medicine, Anti-Flag, Swingin’ Utters, A Wilhelm Scream, The Business, Bombshell Rocks, The Muffs, Mahones, Sniper 66, PEARS, I.R.A., Success!, Get Dead, Avenue Rockers, Eliza Battle, Sounds of Threat, and Battle Born.

The festival in whole is an all-ages, all-day event that will include food, drink, and clothing vendors. Along with all of the vendors and bands expected at this year’s festival, fans can take part in the festival’s bowling tournament, pool parties, poker tournament, and music and comedy shows.

Audiences can get more information on the 2015 Punk Rock Bowling and Music Festival and purchase tickets online at:

Website: http://www.punkrockbowling.com

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Courtesy:  BSG PR

Courtesy: BSG PR

Early Details Announced For 2015 Punk Rock Bowling & Music Festival

Courtesy:  BSG PR

Courtesy: BSG PR

Organizers of the Punk Rock Bowling & Music Festival have announced the initial details for the 2015 edition of the annual festival.

The 2015 edition of the three-day festival will take place over the course of May 23rd – 25th in Las Vegas, NV.  It will be held on 7th Street and Stewart Avenue near the city’s famed Fremont Street. Rancid, Dropkick Murphys, and Refused have been tapped to headline the festival. Tickets for the festival will go on sale next month.

Along with Rancid, DKM, and Refused, organizers have also announced a handful of other bands that will perform at next year’s festival. Those bands are: Murder City Devils, Discharge, The Business, The Muffs, Bad Manners, and The Swingin’ Utters.

All of the latest updates on band lineup, ticket information, and more is available online at:

Website: http://www.punkrockbowling.com

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DKM’s New LP One Of Its Best Yet

Courtesy:  Born & Bred Records

Courtesy: Born & Bred Records

Dropkick Murphys has returned.  The seven man Boston based Celtic punk rock band released its eighth full length studio album earlier this month.  And the band’s new album, Signed and Sealed in Blood is the best that the band has sounded in a long time.  This new album goes back to the days of the band’s 2001 album, Sing Loud, Sing Proud.  Fittingly enough, the band opens the album in similar fashion to that album, too with the song, ‘The Boys are Back.’  It’s a relatively simple song.  Its simple chant of “The boys are back/The boys are back/The boys are back/And they’re looking for trouble” makes it the perfect re-introduction for long-time fans and first time introduction for anyone that is new to the veteran punk rock band’s sound.  As a matter of fact, it’s such a hit that’s now this season’s official intro video for the band’s hometown hockey team, The Boston Bruins.  This isn’t the first time that the band has made a song for the Bruins.  The band also wrote an equally popular song in ‘Black and Gold’ that was included in its 2003 album, Blackout.  This new song seems to have gotten the job done already for the Bruins.  The team opened its new season with a 3-1 stomping of the New York Rangers on Saturday.  Next up is a matchup against the Winnipeg Jets this afternoon at 1pm.

Hockey aside, DKM’s new album will impress anyone longing for the band’s older sound not just for its opener, but for the entire album.  The boys definitely don’t back down after reintroducing themselves to audiences.  They just keep the energy moving with the album’s next track, ‘Prisoner’s Song.’  It has a slight tinge of ‘Shipping Up to Boston’ for fans of the band’s more recent material.  Listeners will appreciate the song not just for the musical side, but also for its lyrical side, too.  The way that the song was written was almost storytelling in style.  It’s easy to actually see images in one’s own mind as the band sings, “Looking back on a past/When we still had a chance/We were pawns in a game/That we could not win/Now we’re alone/Just a pick and stone/We’re dreaming of a future/When our ship comes in.”  One can actually see a group of prisoners like something out of a storybook singing this.  That storytelling nature of the band’s music is one of its trademarks, too.  So it is nice to hear that the band hasn’t lost that with this new release.

Speaking of that storytelling side, listeners will especially appreciate the band’s own take on the whole concept of Christmas songs.  Yes, you read right; Christmas songs.  Christmas has passed already.  But it’s not too far behind us.  So why not have a good post-holiday laugh?  ‘The Season’s Upon Us’ is a hilarious yet rather true song to which so many listeners can relate.  Founding member Ken Casey sings about the holidays with this family in this song.  He sings, “Some families are messed up/While others are fine/If you think yours is crazy/Well you should see mine.”  From here Casey goes on to sing about life with his family during the holidays.  The raucous and slightly dysfunctional family life makes for so many laughs in that it is so relatable.  He starts off by introducing listeners to his sisters and their not so great husbands and children.  The words he writes are something that can’t exactly be entirely repeated here.  From there he goes on to his parents.  It’s like a musical stand-up comedy act that will leave listeners in stitches.  It makes for one more of so many songs that listeners will love from this new release.  Signed and Sealed in Blood is available now in stores and online via iTunes at http://smarturl.it/DropkickSASIB.  The band is currently touring overseas in support of its new album.  It will be back stateside beginning with a performance at the House of Blues in Cleveland, Ohio on February 21st.  Fans in North Carolina will get to hear the band’s new material live when it makes a stop at the Fillmore in Charlotte, North Carolina on Tuesday, March 5th.  To get a full tour rundown and to get all the latest news and more from the band, fans can go online to http://www.dropkickmuprhys.com, http://www.facebook.com/DropkickMurphys, http://www.myspace.com/dropkickmurphys, and http://www.twiter.com/dropkickmurphys

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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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Dropkick Murphys going strong on “Going Out in Style” re-issue

Celtic punk rock band Dropkick Murphys released its seventh full length studio album a little over a year ago in “Going out in Style.”  That’s not counting its singles collections.  Regardless, luckily for fans, the title of that album hasn’t been a harbinger of any kind.  The band isn’t showing any signs of going anywhere other than going out on the road.  Now, the band that made Celtic music cool has rewarded its long time fans with a re-issue of “Going Out in Style.”  The band re-released the album this week in a special “Fenway Park Bonus Edition.”

The new “Fenway Park Bonus Edition” of “Going Out in Style” includes not only the original studio album, but a pair of bonuses, too.  The studio album is arguably some of the band’s finest work in its long career.  It harkens back to the days of “Do or Die” and “Sing Loud, Sing Proud.”  ‘The Hardest Mile’ is about the Irish immigrants who laid the railways of this country, and what happened to them.  It shows pride in the band members’ ancestors.  ‘Take ‘Em Down’ continues the band’s long-running tradition of supporting workers’ rights in the workplace.  In ‘Sunday Hardcore Matinee’, the band brings back memories of its youth (and that of mushc of its audience).  It mentions how the band’s members would spend weekends going to punck rock shows, giving shoutouts to the likes of Agnostic Front, Minor Threat, and Bad Brains along the way.  The mere mention of those bands will bring back fond memories for many of the band’s long time fans.  Of course, all of the great songs on the original album in this re-issue is only one part of what makes it so great for fans.  The “Fenway Park Bonus Edition” includes a pair of bonuses that’ll make every fan cheer.  That’s especially the case for fans who might not get the chance to experience the band’s live show in person.

The first of the pair comes in the form of a full live recording of the band’s 2011 show at the famed home of the Boston Red Sox.  That show includes hits from across the band’s catalogue, including the likes of:  “Boys on The Docks”, “The Dirty Glass”, “The State of Massachusetts”, “Shipping Up to Boston” and plenty more.  The band even included its tributes to the Red Sox and the Bruins with “Tessie” and “Time to Go.”  Whether one is a fan of the Red Sox or the NHL champion Bruins, there’s no denying how catchy the two songs are.  For that matter, how many sports teams can brag that a band from their state has written tributes to them, only to have them made into the teams’ unofficial songs?  It really shows the pride that this band has in its state teams.   Having the band use a piano instead of an accordion for “Time to Go” in the live show adds an entirely different feel to the song than it had on the studio version.  And to think that it was all because the accordion had apparently broken made it all the more interesting.

The live bonus cd is loaded with lots of great songs from across the band’s catalogue.  But it’s only one part of what makes this re-issue a must for DKM fans.  Another bonus to this re-issue is in the included download code for the full footage of that concert.  Being able to download the performance means that fans can put it into their iPod, iPad or any portable device.  So they can take it with them anywhere they want.  The download also includes the complete story of Cornelius Larkin.  The story was written by the band’s friend, author Michael Patrick McDonald.  The digital download of the story is an expanded edition of what fans get in the physical version of the story on both the original and re-issue of “Going Out in Style.” 

Fans in the New England area might be able to pick up the new re-issue at the band’s shows as the band is out on tour right now in support of the album.  The band will be playing the House of Blues tonight in Boston.  It’ll follow tonight’s show with a pair of shows tomorrow at the Tsongas Arena in Lowell, Massachusetts.  It closes out the weekend at the Brighton Music Hall Saturday and at the ShamrockFest Sunday in Washington, D.C.  The band heads over to Europe for a small handful of dates later in June.  For more information on this great new re-issue, and the band’s tour plans, fans can check out the band online at http://www.dropkickmurphys.com, on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/DropkickMurphys, and on Twitter at http://twitter.com/DropkickMurphys.