This St. Pats instead of contemplating how many pints of bodily fluid will be dropped and splashed across the streets of every major American City or how many tools will get too drunk in order to be “Irish” for a day, let’s instead remember how St. Patrick (aka British born Maewyn Succat who was captured and enslaved by Irish Chieftain Niall before being sold to another then many years later escaping and upon hearing the voice of the lord became a priest) drove the snakes (Pagans) from Ireland thus securing her forever in the name of Christianity. Where was I going with this? Oh yeah… Dropkick Murphys new record is a whole lot of fun. I would even say it is a 45 minute party, an ode to being green if you will. With as always equal parts Irish folk and punch you in the mouth punk rock. Celebrating their eighth full studio record and dare I say for me anyway their most pleasing. This is a straight ahead no frills approach to production, you don’t have to think just sit back and let your blood boil. Lots and lots of gang vocals, musical breakdowns which of course always leads back to wall of sound guitars and a fantastic blending of traditional instruments and standard rock faire. I have always heard the Dropkick Murphys are just the punk Pouges and That’s not fair… oh wait yes it is… So what! Irish folk music and story telling is always similar no matter who’s delivering it. Besides when was last great Pouges record?… Yeah that’s what I thought. The more I listen to this record especially the barn burners like Hang Em High, Going Out In Style, The Hardest Mile, Memorial Day, Climbing A Chair To Bed and Deeds Not Words the more I wan’t to tip back some Guinness, insult some nice girl, meet a guy, drink more and tell him I love him like a brother before I punch his lights out. The politics on this record are as expected, I’m very proud of my Irish heritage but I am an American first so I don’t concern myself too much with Irish policy if you know what I mean (believe me the Irish know what I mean)! All in all a great time is to be had with this record if you take it for what it is. It’s a party so have fun dammit!
Erin Go Bragh!
4 (out of 5)