Formed in Massachusetts in 1996, it’s been a long road for one of the quintessential Irish punk rock acts, the Dropkick Murphys. Their last album, “Going Out in Style” debuted at #6 and the new album could be even bigger.
“Signed and Sealed in Blood” is the eighth studio album from the Dropkick Murphys, released on the band’s own Born & Bred record label. The album title is taken directly from lyrics of the first single, “Rose Tattoo.”
Founding member, bassist and singer Ken Casey has explained in a recent interview with NPR that the song “Rose Tattoo” was born of his own rose tattoo that is on his arm, in honor of his Grandfather who raised him after his Father passed. In Casey’s words, he explains that each tattoo tells a personal story, a trial, a tribulation, a time, a place, all permanent reminders of people and times in each person’s past.
As an added bonus, Dropkick Murphys have included a new Christmas song on this album, and it’s a fun and very realistic Christmas carol meant for the most dysfunctional of families. Which really means, this song is a Christmas carol that any good Irish punk rock music fan can associate with, because we really are all dysfunctional in our own way, aren’t we?
Dropkick Murphy’s Season’s Upon Us
From start to finish, the album is filled with fun, catchy, hoist-a-pint and sing along type songs that brought the band their devout fan base. From lighting the fire with the album’s opening song, “The Boys are Back”, to tracks like “Burn”, and “Out of Our Heads” are the frantic, upbeat and hard driving good old fashioned drinking songs that almost announce to one and all that it’s last call at your favorite pub, so order up a stout and a shot. The album, for all of its balls, it still rings true to what the Dropkick Murphys have been writing about for years, neighborhoods, family, tradition, honor and respect and all in true Irish fashion.
Dropkick Murphys will of course be touring extensively for the new release, which includes kicking things off in Dublin, Ireland on January 12th and bringing the tour stateside by the end of February, with a St. Patrick’s Day show in their native Boston, MA. The album is being released on both CD, digital and limited edition pressing on red vinyl. For details about the band, the new album and the upcoming tour, log on to http://www.dropkickmurphys.com/
Written by Christina Lawler