Dropkick Murphys New Album
Featuring 16 anthemic singalong titles, it sees the band’s line-up expanding to include bagpipe playing, tin whistler Spicey McHaggis and mandolin and tin whistle player Ryan Foltz. The album also features a duet with long-time hero Shane McGowan, ex- of The Pogues on a raucous run through the old standard ‘The Wild Rover’ and the track ‘Good Rats’.
“We’ve been fans of The Pogues for years and we couldn’t say we’re not influenced by them,” admits singer Al Barr. “We played with Shane at the Fleadh Festival, but he was a little too full of the spirit, ha ha, to have a conversation. Then he played a pub in Boston that’s owned by a friend of our bass player, so we got him on the phone and asked him. He was gracious enough to say ‘You bring the booze and I’ll be there’.”
More poignant is the track ‘The Fortunes Of War’, on which the band duet with Colin McFaull of British Oi legends Cock Sparrer.
“It’s dedicated to a kid called Brian Deneke, who was killed by a bunch of jocks at his school in Texas,” explains Barr. “They didn’t like his mohawk so they ran him over in their fucking car and the bastards got away with it. A real tragedy, but that’s American justice in full swing.
“We played with Agnostic Front in Amarillo, Texas in ’98 and these kids approached us and told us about Brian. He was a huge fan of us and Cock Sparrer and we dedicated a song to him that night. We befriended the family and played a benefit, and that all inspired the song.”
Talking of any possible future collaborations, Barr states that he would love to work with Tom Waits or Joe Strummer, before adding that the band will definitely be back over in the UK to support ‘Sing Loud, Sing Proud’.
“We will be back in full swing,” he says.
Dave Ling – Metal Hammer