Dropkick Murphys

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Dropkick Murphys are a punk rock band formed in the Irish Catholic working class neighborhoods of South Boston, Massachusetts, USA. They practiced in the basement of a friend's barbershop, blending punk rock, Irish folk, rock, and hardcore into something they could call their own. The sound of their music is rooted in such outfits like Stiff Little Fingers, The Pogues, AC/DC, and The Clash. Their name was taken from a local rehab center.


Band history

Dropkick Murphys was formed in 1995 by Mike McColgan (vocals), Ken Casey (bass guitar), Rick Barton (guitar). After cycling through a series of drummers the band settled on Matt Kelly in 1997. The band put out a series of EPs and were signed by Hellcat Records releasing their first full length album, Do or Die, in the same year. Soon after the album's release vocalist Mike McColgan left the band citing his inability to commit to touring. McColgan was replaced by former Bruisers singer Al Barr. 1999 saw the release of their follow up album The Gangs All Here and major changes were on the way. Lars Frederiksen who had produced Dropkick's first two albums exited to pursue other interests and Rick Barton left after getting married. James Lynch from local band Ducky Boys was picked by Barton to replace him in the group. The band also recruited another guitarist, Marc Orrell, (also a self-taught accordionist.) as well as Spicy McHaggis (bagpipes) and Ryan Foltz (mandolin / tin whistle).
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In 2001 Dropkick released the album Sing Loud Sing Proud. The album show cased the developing sound of the band and included collaborations with ex-Pogues Shane MacGowan and Cock Sparrer's Colin McFaull. Their next album Blackout) was released in 2003. Prior to the album's release, Spicy McHaggis left the band "because he was whipped," and Foltz also left. Scruffy Wallace filled in bagpipe duties, and Tim Brennan took up mandolin, tin whistle and acoustic guitar. The new album included the radio hit Walk Away, as well as the song Fields of Athenry which made its debut on the compilation album Atticus: Dragging the Lake Vol. 2.

In 2005, the Murphys released Singles Collection Volume 2, featuring covers, b-sides and other stuff which didn't make it onto previous albums. Their latest studio album, The Warrior's Code is set for a June 21st release.


Full Albums

Year Title Label
1997 Do or Die Epitaph
1999 The Gang's All Here Epitaph
2001 Sing Loud Sing Proud Epitaph
2002 Live on St. Patrick's Day From Boston, MA Epitaph
2003 Blackout Epitaph
2005 The Warrior's Code Epitaph


Year Title Label
2004 Tessie Hellcat

Singles and 7' compilations

Year Title Label
1997 Boys on the Docks Cyclone Records
1997 DKM/Ducky Boys Spilt Flat Records
1997 DKM/Bruisers Split Pogostick Records.
1997 DKM/Anti-Heros Split TKO Records.
1997 Fire and BrimstoneCyclone Records
1997 Tattoos & Scally Caps GMM Records
1998 DKM/Oxymoron SplitKnockout Records
1998 Curse of Fallen Soul TKO Records
1998 Early Years (UK) rare

See also

External links

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