The Dropkick Murphys are one of the last remaining sing along punk rock bands left. Their style mixes the ancient sounds of the bagpipe with the distorted sounds of electric guitar and make for a very interesting listening experience.
The Dropkick Murphys have been around for a couple of years now, but due to recent lineup changes, remain one of the youngest bands in the business. Bagpiper Spicy McHaggis is 18, guitarist Mark Orrel is 17, mandolin and tin whistle player Ryan Foltz is 23 and guitarist James Lynch is 21. They all love to drink and have a good time, so you will be guaranteed to have a good time at any Dropkick show.
The Dropkick Murphys have a sound that thrives on their Irish heritage and punk roots. The self-described combination of The Pogues, The Clash, Stiff Little Fingers and The Business make for some great music that will definitely get you in the mood to drink some beer and punch that ugly bastard that keeps looking at your girlfriend. Make sure to wear steel toes because you might end up being the guy getting punched.
It’s amazing that more bands haven’t molded the intensity of punk rock with the drinking attitude of Irish sing along drinking songs. Regardless of how many straight edge bands there are these days, punk rock owes its origins to a bunch of dumb ass alcoholics that thought they could play some music. The music has gotten a little better, but the punkers still act like dumb ass alcoholics. But, if you want to join in the drinking fun, you better do it in line before the show, because for some reason the Electric Factory won’t serve any one under 21.
The Dropkick Murphys are currently on tour promoting their new album Sing Loud, Sing Proud that was recently released on Hell-Cat Records.
Playing with the Dropkick Murphy’s is the Swingin’ Utters. The Swingin’ Utters have become one of the best punk bands around and they always put on a good show. Opening up for them will be a very interesting side project of Rancid’s own Lars Frederiksen and Tim Armstrong aptly named, Lars Frederiksen and the Bastards. People can say what the will about Rancid being a bunch of sellouts, but they always put on a good show and Lars Frederiksen and the Bastards will be no different.
The show is Sunday, March 18 at the Electric Factory. If you can’t make it Sunday, they will be playing at Club Laga in Pittsburgh April 28.