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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