Dropkick Murphys

Dropkick Murphys 11 Short Stories Of Pain & Glory


Al Barr lead vocals
Tim Brennan guitars, accordion, mellotron, whistles and vocals
Ken Casey lead vocals and bass guitar
Jeff DaRosa banjo, bouzouki, mandolin, harmonica, acoustic guitars and vocals
Matt Kelly drums, percussion and vocals
James Lynch guitars and vocals

From the early days at the Boston landmark The Rathskeller (aka The Rat) beneath Kenmore Square, to 80,000-plus on the main stages of European festivals, the Dropkick Murphys have spent a large chunk of the last 20 years touring the world. All that travel has only strengthened their love and appreciation for their hometown. When they finally get back home from a tour, it's hard to pry them away again. When the band is off the road, they spend most of their time with family, or working with The Claddagh Fund, the charity foundation they launched in 2009. As much as Dropkick Murphys love Boston, they were determined to start their third decade with a bang. They wanted to take it to the next level. For that, they knew they'd need to make a record that blew people away. To do that, they'd need to focus. To do that, they'd need to remove all distractions. To do that, they'd need to go to...El Paso? You heard that right! They packed up their gear and hit the road, joining longtime producer Ted Hutt at a studio 30 miles east of El Paso. Sonic Ranch Studios, whose property abuts the U.S./Mexico border, is a place where the only cell service is the occasional bar that pops up from a Mexican carrier. This bold move, this dedication, this desolation – and this amazing studio – helped the band capture something magical on their new album, 11 Short Stories Of Pain & Glory. “To me, the whole journey starts with the fact we actually agreed to go – and then went – to Texas. Because we’ve never left home to make a record,” says bassist and founder Ken Casey. “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 to literally the middle of nowhere and lock ourselves in a room.”“There was nothing around us for miles,” says guitarist Tim Brennan. “It was just us and the studio. I think it gave us the ability to work without distractions in a way that we’ve never really been able to before. All we could do was focus on music. It was one hundred percent devotion
to the songs. Once we started to put everything together in El Paso, the songs took on a whole new life and exceeded our expectations.”From the start of the songwriting process there was a sense of urgency and passion in the room. The opiate epidemic ravaging the country – in particular Boston and New England – was hitting closer than ever to home. Sadness, anger, and dismay fed the writing process. This was personal. The crisis directly struck the band’s family circle in 2014 when Barr’s brother-in-law died of 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 says. “The state has decided to almost give up on kids in a waywith prescribing Suboxone, which is like the methadone of our generation. Of course, that doesn’t work either. You can’t give up on the people society has deemed will fail.”One of the main focuses of the band’s Claddagh Fund is to support addiction recovery. The band is hands-on in raising funds, mentoring, and lending a helping hand in the fight. Many of the songs reflect these experiences. “Rebels With A Cause” was written about kids who are given up on and left behind by a system that has written them off as hopeless. “Paying My Way”is about the way up and out of addiction and the dream of bigger and better things in life. But the first song that was on the docket for this record was the daunting cover of “You’ll Never Walk Alone,” the Rodgers and Hammerstein song made famous by Gerry and The Pacemakers. "I was leaving another overdose wake and the song came on in the car,” says Casey. “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.”With no fanfare, the members of Dropkick Murphys get into the lives of other people. With financial resources from The Claddagh Fund, they have helped many men, women, and teens who have found themselves in the depths of addiction. They stand with the families to help them navigate the life-altering road to recovery. It’s something Dropkick Murphys are dead serious about. With all of this in mind, it’s fitting that 11 Short Stories Of Pain & Glory is a soundtrack to tragedy and triumph alike, and by the time these songs made it to tape in Texas there was a power to them unlike anything the band had captured before. On this album, Dropkick Murphys carry on the tradition of rough and tumble storytelling – the kind of writing that never leaves fans wondering whether the band have lived what they’re singing about. A look back at childhood life, a snapshot of a clueless Masshole, a stop-you-in-your tracks reflection on a terrorist tragedy...it’s all there across the record’s 11 tracks. There are moments of ass-kicking Celtic punk attitude, ball-busting wisecracks, tear-jerking confessions, and the kind of upbeat words of wisdom that can be chanted loud and proud across arenas and stadiums worldwide. It’s real. It’s raw. It’s Dropkick Murphys. The album begins with the band’s interpretation of classic Irish staple “The Lonesome Boatman.” Driven by a whistle and tribal drum that wouldn’t be out of place in The Good, The Bad, & The Ugly, the instrumental quickly ramps up with a gang chorus punctuated by gnashing
guitars. “It’s got that loneliness of being out there in the desert outside El Paso, which sets the tone for the record,” says Casey. “Our version has that Southwest influence to it.”11 Short Stories Of Pain & Glory quickly snaps into the anthemic, punked up clarion call of“Rebels With A Cause.” For the first time in years, Casey and lead singer Al Barr trade verses, painting a picture of “Dead end kids you don’t want ‘em // you don’t need ‘em // and you’ll always find a reason when you need to write ‘em off,” before announcing, “Kid--you got heart.”“Like the title says, this album is everything from pain to glory,” affirms Casey. “It’s the successes, the failures, the heartache, and the laughs. It’s like a chapter book, and each song is its own part of that story. They’re different feelings, moods, and emotions, but they’re still Dropkick Murphys.”“Blood” lands a one-two punch of traditional bagpipes and crunching riffs, culminating with the chant, “If you want blood // we’ll give you some.” Brennan goes on, “It’s old style Dropkicks, but the delivery has evolved. There’s a lot more space to it musically. We’re still doing what we’re known for doing, but in a more sonically expanded manner.”“Blood” is the story of the band’s 20-year career, and the mutual respect and dedication the band and its fans have for one another. What started as a catchy piano melody developed into one of the more stirring songs on the album. Hinging on a bombastic drum loop, “Paying My Way” swings from a commanding piano riff into the powerful refrain, "But my hopes are so much higher // don't count me out I'm a survivor.” The song is as uplifting as it is undeniable. “Paying My Way is not just about paying your bills,” says Casey. “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.”“First Class Loser” calls out a lovable lout. “Before I play that song for people, I say it’s about them. Then they get pissed once they hear the words,” chuckles Casey. 11 Short Stories Of Pain & Glory seizes on idyllic summers of childhood mischief on “Sandlot,”a sun-drenched look back at youthful disobedience. The song developed on the road over the past few years. Even without a recording, fans at the biggest European festivals could be heard carrying the tune loudly on their own, sometimes drowning out the band as they played the acoustic version. “4-15-13” stands out as one of the most emotional pieces in the group’s catalog. With its traditional instrumentation and somber folk-inspired elegy for their hometown’s innocence, the track pays homage to the victims of the Boston Marathon Bombing, most of whom the band grew to know personally after many visits to their hospital rooms in the aftermath. “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,” Casey reflects. “We put more importance on writing that piece of music than anything we’ve ever done, because if you’re 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.”
11 Short Stories Of Pain & Glory represents a high-water mark for Dropkick Murphys as theyinvite listeners everywhere to once again take an active part in their story. “We’ve stayed true to what the band is and has always been. And we’re still expanding on our sound and lyrical content,” offers Brennan. “There is lots of messed up stuff going on in the world but you can't let it take you down,” Casey continues. “The only way to survive in life is to enjoy it and make the most of it. That’s what this record is. There’s good times. There’s bad times. There’s happy times. There’s sad times. In just 40 minutes, you feel all of that. We truly put our heart and soul into every record we’ve ever made. This is no exception. We wouldn’t let it go down any other way. We’ll break up before that happens.”11 Short Stories Of Pain & Glory is the perfect way to kick off another 20 years of DropkickMurphys. Hold your head high, and crank it up. DROPKICK MURPHYS HISTORY Dropkick Murphys have become ambassadors for their city. In Boston, it seems like everybody knows someone connected to the band whether by blood, friendship, or the time they shared a brew at a Bruins game. They’ve built a legacy that does Beantown proud. Since their 1996 formation, they’ve sold a staggering 4 million albums worldwide with 2005’s The Warrior’s Codeachieving an RIAA Gold certification and its smash single“I’m Shipping Up To Boston” nearing double platinum and appearing during a key moment of Martin Scorsese’s Academy Award-winning The Departed. Most recently, 2013’s Signed And Sealed In Blood netted their second consecutive Top 10 debut on the Billboard Top 200, and debuted at number 6 in Germany. The album spawned standout tracks “The Boys Are Back,”“Out Of Our Heads,”“Prisoner’s Song,”and “Rose Tattoo,” a fan favorite that has accumulated 24 million views on YouTube – without the aid of being a radio hit. A special version of this song featuring the band’s buddy Bruce Springsteen was released as a benefit for the Boston Marathon bombing victims. They’ve hosted sold out concerts at most of the city’s landmarks, including Fenway Park, TD Garden, the Boston Pops, and even the last voyage of the USS Constitution. They updated the Boston Red Sox anthem “Tessie” in 2004, which may or may not have had something to do with the team’s first World Series win in 86 years...Discography Do Or Die (1997, Hellcat/Epitaph) The Gang’s All Here (1999, Hellcat/Epitaph) Singles Collection (2000, Hellcat/Epitaph) Sing Loud, Sing Proud! (2001, Hellcat/Epitaph) Live On St. Patrick’s Day From Boston, MA (2002, Hellcat/Epitaph) Blackout (2003, Hellcat/Epitaph) On The Road With the Dropkick Murphys DVD (2004, Hellcat/Epitaph) Singles Collection: Volume II (2005, Hellcat/Epitaph) The Warrior’s Code (2005, Hellcat/Epitaph) The Meanest Of Times (2007, Born & Bred) Live On Lansdowne, Boston MA (2010, Born & Bred) Going Out In Style (2011, Born & Bred) Signed And Sealed In Blood (2013, Born & Bred)

Booze & Glory

Booze&Glory – Punk band based in London , formed in July 2009 by Mark, Liam, Bart and Mario.
A few months later the band played their first show in London’s Fiddlers Elbow and shortly after recorded their first demo – later released as a debut LP.

With 3 full length albums, many EPs and a few popular videos (one of them reached over 10.000.000 views on You Tube) Booze&Glory suffer no curiosity towards anything but their tried and true brand of widely recognised Street Punk.

The band has gone from strength to strength playing shows all over Europe, toured USA, South America and Asia. Booze&Glory appeared on many festivals all over the world like Punk Rock Bowling in Vegas, Black’n’Blue Bowl in NY, Rebellion Festival in the UK or With Full Force in Germany just to name a few.

In 2017 the new album “Chapter IV” has been released on Burning Herat Records and the band has toured the world playing 100 shows on 4 continents.

Booze & Glory are:

Mark RSK – voc / guitar

Kahan – lead guitar

Chema Zurita – bass

Frank Pellegrino- drums

Lenny Lashley

Founding member of Boston punk band Darkbuster. He has also fronted the country band Lenny And The Piss Poor Boys and has a solo project, Lenny Lashley's Gang Of One. In 2013, he joined the Street Dogs.

Amigo The Devil

Amigo The Devil
Amigo The Devil·Monday, July 23, 2018
If you’ve ever heard a room full of people yelling “I hope your husband dies” in a some harmoniously sloppy, drunken unison, you’ve probably stumbled into an Amigo The Devil show. Danny Kiranos, better known to the masses as his musical counterpart Amigo The Devil, has been challenging the expectations of traditional folk, country music purists, and rock/extreme metal fans alike with his morbid, yet oddly romantic, take on folk that has amassed a dedicated and cult like fan-base. Despite being armed with only his vocals and a banjo/acoustic guitar, the live show is worlds away from what people expect of a folk show. Loaded with sing-alongs and an unsuspecting dose of humor to make otherwise grim topics accessible for fans of every genre, the songs remain deeply rooted in the tradition of story-telling that seems to be slipping away from the human condition.
For the press release, I basically just wrote down my experiences going into and my purpose for this record and same thing, use it as you please or if you want me to do something else entirely, let me know. I know Kevin wanted me to dig deep and get personal so I did.
RAMBLING:"I got tired of seeing people overcomplicate what they feel, or worse, ignore it altogether. Amigo The Devil started as an outlet for the brutal honesty that people didn’t feel comfortable discussing. More than create, I listened. At a bar, while eating dinner, at the DMV. Call it creeping if you want but it’s a pass time nonetheless. Even in the music being released about it, people used metaphors to dance around and avoid mentioning the dark thoughts people have and that just isn’t enough to shake you from the daydream, or a fever. It had to be simple, direct and honest. At the start, it seemed logical to learn this process by taking the worst people and trying to find the humanity in them. I wrote some songs about serial killers and realized that no matter how despicable their crimes were, everything was still rooted in the human condition with the same basic need to be needed, to feel valued, to have worth. Through this learning process, I realized there was actually something so much more dangerous than the people committing heinous crimes and it was stained so deeply into the fabric of our daily lives. Doubt and the depression it leaves us stranded in. Every experience is clearly different but for me, all of a sudden, it felt like I was living in a well so deep that if I shouted up for help, it would be lost on the way and never heard. It’s terrifying when it feels like you’re alone down there and there isn’t enough light to look around to realize how many people are there alongside you. For some reason, I refused to talk to my friends and family about it. It was shameful or irrelevant or any other excuse I can come up with to avoid bringing it up and when they would notice and ask, I caught myself repeatedly answering “everything is fine” or any variation of it in that moment. So this record was born. I started listening again, realizing it wasn’t just me. I saw people around me falling into the well but as I started paying attention, I saw people climbing out of it too. These are the stories of leaving the burden behind, whatever that may be and hopefully along with it the realization that carrying them for any period of time doesn’t break us, but makes us stronger than we ever were.

This is where Ross Robinson comes in. He allowed me to become and guided me towards being the best vessel I could be to filter these stories through. We sat there and accepted what wanted to come through, what wanted to be heard. It was the first process of recording that ever made complete sense with absolutely no filter or veil to compensate for the sounds. Recording in a studio untouched since the 70’s with all the original gear, straight to tape. Everything, recording, mixing mastering, to tape! It was absolute and pure brutal honesty, what I’ve been trying to achieve since the start of this thing. Then Brad Wilk added his pulse to it and it felt like together we had given life to these stories that otherwise are sounds and lyrics filling space. Everyone involved dove head first into a pool without water for this one and I’m unbelievably grateful to be in there with them."


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