Dropkick Murphys

Dropkick Murphys

The Mahones, BarRoom Heroes, Bryan McPherson

Tue, March 12, 2013

Doors: 6:30 pm / Show: 7:30 pm

Terminal 5

New York, NY

$33.50 advance / $38.50 day of show

This event is all ages

Dropkick Murphys
Dropkick Murphys
Dropkick Murphys come out swinging on their eighth full-length album, "SIGNED and SEALED in BLOOD" [Born & Bred Records/ADA]. This time around, everything has been cranked up past 10. The guitars are ballsier, the gang vocals are louder, the hooks are catchier, the lyrics stop you in your tracks. The brashest moments of "SIGNED and SEALED in BLOOD" feel like the last 30 seconds of a Stanley Cup hockey game: frenetic, on the edge, dangerous. The softest songs are testaments to the values that pump through the Dropkicks' veins: family, neighborhoods, honor, respect, roots and remembering those who are gone. Every second of "SIGNED and SEALED in BLOOD" is evidence of one thing: Dropkick Murphys aren't just loud and brash, they're at the top of their game as songwriters.

It's no accident. This time around, the band curtailed its always-on tour schedule -- which means they played only a month of the biggest summer festivals in Europe -- to take advantage of an unprecedented songwriting attack that started in the spring. They took a couple new songs on tour, weaving them into each night's set. "Rose Tattoo" was a standout. At the Rock im Park Festival in Germany, at Hellfest in France, at Download Festival in England, the new songs moved the seas of DKM fans just as much as the band's most beloved tunes. The band knew they were onto something. So after the last festival, they returned excitedly to new digs, a warehouse in South Boston that serves as a rehearsal space/clubhouse for writing and rehearsing with enough wall space to hang backdrops from tours past. The seven members convened to shape their trademark blend of guitars and acoustic folk instruments into the collection of songs before you.

Knowing this, it's no surprise upon hearing the opening line of the opening song: "The boys are back and they're looking for trouble." ...they most certainly are.

The Dropkicks' music is universal stuff. Songs for the common man, about common things, that come together with such fury and infectious melody that everyone within earshot is struck straight. Dropkick Murphys, as much as any of the 'punk' or 'blue collar' labels they've earned, are fantastic songwriters. They are on the same quest as their beloved Woody Guthrie or their buddy Bruce Springsteen: how to get that big truth to come out the other end of the speakers in a way people all over the world will feel in their bones.

Back in the clubhouse, one song after another fell into place. In that final writing session, DKM felt the front door of the safe open wide. The code was being cracked on "Prisoner's Song" which talks of "dreaming of a future where the ship comes in." And on the yearning "Don't Tear Us Apart," which examines the highs and lows of our human nature: "When your spirits are down / And you've lost your way / And man's character once again falls on its face / Will somebody please come / Aid those helpless in need / And renew our faith in this human race." And on "My Hero," with its heartfelt bridge, an ode to fatherly guidance: "My hero...my heart."

While chipping away at this elusive songwriting code over the years, DKM succeeded in becoming many things to many different people. Some fans come for the unbridled punk rage. Some come for the band's brand of wordy Irish folk. Some come to crowd surf and go out of their minds. No matter what, they come by the thousands, in a dozen languages, all over the world. And they always get what they came for.

The enterprise wasn't always so sprawling. Dropkick Murphys started in the basement of a barbershop in Quincy, Mass., paving their own path, carting themselves around in a crappy van. Over the course of seven studio albums they've sold more than 4 million records, sold out venues on every continent with a stage and PA, and churned out the platinum-selling single, "I'm Shipping Up to Boston," the soundtrack to the climax of that Martin Scorsese Academy Award-winning film "The Departed." Meanwhile, their 2011 concept record, "Going Out in Style," boasted not only a fictional narrative co-written by "All Souls" author Michael Patrick MacDonald and guest vocals from Bruce Springsteen, but also debuted at #6 on the Billboard Top 200 with first-week sales exceeding 43,000. The second release on band-owned Born & Bred Records through Warner Music's Independent Label Group (now known as ADA), it marked a big jump from the #20 debut of 2007's "The Meanest of Times" and gave them their highest chart position to date. They've also become true hometown heroes, playing this summer's Boston Pops' annual 4th of July concert in front of over 250,000, and penning "Tessie" which became the theme song for the first Red Sox World Series win in 86 years in '04. This band is truly at home wherever they go, whether it's a punk club in Rome, or onstage with the finest classical musicians in the world.

After going deeper than ever on "Going Out in Style," Dropkick Murphys made a conscious decision to return to their rough 'n tumble Celtic punk roots for the next one. The only concept for "SIGNED and SEALED in BLOOD" was to make the definitive Dropkick Murphys statement.

"We wanted to write the catchiest songs we've ever written," declares lead vocalist and bassist Ken Casey. "It was fun to follow a story on the last album, but 'SIGNED and SEALED in BLOOD' is a reaction to that in a sense. We usually need a break from writing, but we just kept going as soon as 'Going Out in Style' was done. We wanted to make an aggressive and over-the-top album that exuded what we love about this band. Everything is a little bit bigger, a little bit louder, and a little bit clearer. We wanted to turn up the guitars and background vocals and make it sound like 10,000 people in a stadium. That's the feeling."
In order to capture that feeling, the band enlisted the talents of engineer James R. Brown (Foo Fighters) and Joe Chiccarelli (The White Stripes) for the first time along with longtime collaborator producer Ted Hutt. Holing up at Q Division Studios in Somerville, MA, they cut the entire record in a handful of impassioned sessions, quickly capitalizing on this hyper-creative period.

The band did take one short break from recording -- when they received a last-minute invitation they couldn't refuse, from their pals Mumford & Sons, to join the U.S. debut of their Gentlemen of the Road festival. So DKM made the quick trek up to Portland, Maine where they headlined the festival's second stage as well as a late-night concert at the State Theater on the town's main drag. But two shows in four hours didn't stop DKM from the "SIGNED and SEALED in BLOOD" recording process. The next afternoon, along with producer Ted Hutt, DKM and M&S banjo player Winston Marshall repaired to a barn in the seaside town of Kennebunkport, Maine where Marshall wove his banjo into Jeff DaRosa's parts on "Rose Tattoo." The longstanding tradition of Dropkick Murphys collaborating with friends on their records has never sounded finer than on this song.

After the Kennebunkport barn session, the band returned to Q Division in Boston.

"There was an incredible team in the studio," Casey explains. "I love how the guitars sound on this record. This is the first time we had a real mixer come in. Joe's a Boston guy, and we hit it off with him. James did a great job with the engineering too. At this point, Ted's like our eighth band member. He continued to motivate us to do what we do, but do it even better."

That's apparent on the first single, "The Season's Upon Us." Not only is it classic Dropkick Murphys, it's a portrait of a dysfunctional Christmas -- an instant classic in its own right. The group siphons their own brand of holiday cheer into a rousing anthem with wild riffing, an intoxicating chorus, and hilarious lyrics.
"When we wrote the music, it had a nice Christmas sway," says Casey. "Everybody was like, 'Write a Christmas song!' So I sat down with a pen and paper, and I thought, 'Fuck, there are million Christmas songs? How do you top the greats?' I decided to go the other way and write something for the large percentage of the population who either don't like the day itself or their families. I wanted to point out some realities. It's more fun that way. There's some sarcasm, humor, and truth. I think the world has enough timeless Christmas classics...it needs a few more for the poor jerk who has lost it all and has nobody or worse off has tons of family members who all suck worse than the next."

Casey explains: "With new songs like 'The Boys are Back' we were trying to write an in-your-face song about coming back with another album so soon. We were also trying to write about being away on tour and the day you come home. It's about kicking the door open -- jumping back into your world and life. It sets the tone for the record, and it's as big as it gets."

Keeping up with a Dropkick tradition, "Rose Tattoo" is a reflection on family and commitment that's literally "SIGNED and SEALED in BLOOD."
"I was thinking about my tattoos when we wrote it," he adds. "People carry important stories with them by having a tattoo. I have a rose tattoo on my arm, with lyrics from one of our old songs 'Boys on the Docks' -- which are about my grandfather. The album title also comes from the 'Rose Tattoo' lyrics."

It's also emblematic of the bond that the group has forged with its diehard fan base throughout Beantown and beyond. Dropkick Murphys have become a culture at this point with countless fans brandishing ink of their own, as evidenced by the dozens of fans who got tattoos of the "SIGNED and SEALED" cover after the band posted the image on its website. The inside pages of the new album package are filled with photos of these fan tattoos. Many of the most diehard fans attend every one of DKM's now legendary Boston St. Patrick's Day concerts, some taking vacation time from their jobs, and traveling from around the world to contribute to the unhinged energy of these yearly celebrations.

"SIGNED and SEALED in BLOOD" is Dropkick Murphys at their universal best. "Our fans make us want to do this forever," smiles Casey. "They live and die by this band as much as we do. We know who we are, and we always have. The key to a good Dropkick Murphys record is to have a little bit of everything: it makes you want to laugh. It makes you want to cry. It makes you want to punch someone in the face. It makes you want to be happy. We put our hearts and souls into our music. We're very grateful that people respond."

So, there you have it: another chapter of Dropkick Murphys legacy stands before you -- SIGNED and SEALED in BLOOD.
The Mahones
The Mahones
Twenty one years ago, Irish music met punk rock, and the world was forever changed! Irish Punk pioneers THE MAHONES formed at the end of the bar at a legendary Irish Pub in Kingston, (Ontario, Canada), over hundreds of shots of Jamesons Irish Whiskey and pints of Guinness Irish Stout to chase (naturally). It was the brilliant idea of Dublin-born Finny McConnell to put together a band that sounded like The Clash, The Pogues, The Who, Husker Du, The Dubliners and The Replacements, with a dash of Social Distortion, and a name that rhymed with The Ramones. Once this Irish rock and roll stew was complete, and with the band motto "Give it all you've got, or forget about it" (Joe Strummer), a one off gig was booked on March 17th - St. Patrick's Day. Go figure. The world has never been the same!

Led by Irish-Paddy Punk Pioneer/Singer/Guitarist and Songwriter Finny McConnell with Dominic "The Bomb' Whelan (Drums/Vocals), Katie 'KaBoom' McConnell (Accordian/Vocals), Sean Winter (Banjo/Mandolin/Harmonic/Vocals), Nick O'Liver (Bass/Vocals), Michael O'Grady (Tin Whistle/Vocals) and a revolving line-up of fantastic musicians, this Irish gang of rockers have played at many major concerts and festivals in Europe, UK, Ireland, Australia, Scandinavia and North America.

The Mahones have released ten CDs to date (Draggin' The Days, Rise Again, The Hellfire Club Sessions, Here Comes Lucky, Paint The Town Red - The Best Of, Live At The Horseshoe, Take No Prisoners, The Irish Punk Collection, Whiskey Devils - A Tribute To The Mahones and The Black Irish Album), and one very rare cassette (Clear The Way). The Black Irish Album, The Mahones' critically-acclaimed 7th studio album, was released along with a tribute album in 2011, featuring 20 international bands covering Mahones' classics!

Many of the band's talented friends have made guest appearances on these recordings including Scruffy Wallace (Dropkick Murphys), Rick Barton (Dropkick Murphys, Continental), Ian Blurton (C'Mon/Change Of Heart), Mary Margaret O'Hara, Johnny Fay and Gord Sinclair (Tragically Hip), Ian D'Sa (Billy Talent), Colin Cripps (Crash Vegas, Jim Cuddy Band), Ian Thornley (Big Wreck, Thornley), Kevin Hearn (Lou Reed, Barenaked Ladies) and Kevin Quain (The Mad Bastards). As for touring, The Mahones have been on too many tours to count and have performed in over 25 countries around the world. Europe, North America, Scandinavia, Ireland, UK, and Australia have been the usual stomping grounds for these Irish Punk Legends.

The Mahones have shared stages and toured around the world with legends such as The Dropkick Murphys, Stiff Little Fingers, Shane MacGowan and The Popes, Billy Bragg, Chuck Ragan, The UK Subs, Sick Of It All, The Defects, Agnositic Front, The Buzzcocks, D.O.A., Against Me, The Tragically Hip, The Damned, Suicidal Tendencies, The Prodigy, Gwar, Skunk Anansie, Tricky, Blue Rodeo, Steve Earle, The Alarm, Sinead O'Connor, The Street Dogs, Roger Miret and The Disasters, Flogging Molly, Spirit Of The West, The Dubliners, Christy Moore, The Band and even Van Morrison, to name a few. More recently, Terry Woods and Phil Chevron of The Pogues joined The Mahones on stage for a tour of Central and East Coast Canada and long time Mahones fan and friend Scuffy Wallace of The Dropkick Murphys joined The Mahones onstage for a few shows as Tin Whistle player in Toronto and Montreal during a recent DKM Canadian tour.

Over the years, The Mahones' music has appeared in several major International Hollywood film releases. Recently, The Mahones were very excited to have their song "Paint The Town Red 2010" featured in the climactic final fight scene of the 2 x Academy Award/ 2 x Golden Globe winning Mark Wahlberg/Christian Bale/Amy Adams film "The Fighter" (2010). The Mahones also co-wrote and recorded the title track for the Hollywood Pictures movie "Celtic Pride" (Wally High/The Mahones) featuring Damon Wayans, Daniel Stern, and Dan Akroyd which was composed specifically for the film. The song 100 Bucks was also featured in the movie " Dog Park ", featuring Natasha Henstridge, Luke Wilson, Janeane Garofalo, as well as Bruce McCulloch and Mark McKinney from Kids in the Hall. Our latest film news is The Mahones song 'A Little Bit of Love' is in the new film Ecstasy, based on Irvine Welsh's (Trainspotting) critically acclaimed book.

The Mahones had the honour performing The Pogues Christmas classic "Fairytale of New York" on CBC's The Hour's 2007 Christmas special, viewed by over 1 million people. The Mahones also made a special St. Patrick's day appearance to sing the Canadian and American national anthems at the Air Canada Center for the Toronto Raptors, and then there was the time that they blah blah blah...

The Mahones have headlined and made main stage headline appearances at many major festivals internationally...a few (dozen) are listed below...
The Dropkick Murphys 2011 1st Annual Shamrock N' Roll Festival (USA), The Rock For People Festival (Prague, Czech Republic), Strummercamp Festival with Billy Bragg (Manchester, England), The Festival Interceltique (Lorient, France- the biggest in Europe), With Full Force Rock Festival (Roitzschjora, Germany), Sion – Guinness Irish Festival (Switzerland), Amsterdam - Rebellion Festival (Netherlands), Ieper – Ieper Fest (Belgium), London - Trafalgar Square Canada Day Festival (Great Britain), Dour Festival (Dour, Belguim), Tabor – Mighty Sounds Festival (Czech Republic), Zwarte Cross Festival (Lichtenvoorde, Holland), Renaissance Festival (Las Vegas, USA), Gierle – Sjock Festival (Belgium), Le Cateau - Zikenstock Festival (France), Villmar – Tells Bells Festival (Germany), Enschede – Geuzenpop Festival (Netherlands), Chemnitz - Rock'n'Ink Festival Tattoo Festival (Germany), Brintaal Celtic Folk Festival (Valstagna, Italy), Moravska Trebova – Pod Parou Festival (Czech Republic), Am Bach Festival (St. Wendel/Saar, Germany), E & L Rocknacht Festival (Alsfeld, Germany), Sklab Festival (Trbovlje, Slovenia), Viva Le Punk Festival (Callac, France) Irlanda In Festa 09 Festival (Bolongna, Italy), Minneapolis Irish Fair (Minnesota, USA), Disneyland St. Patricks Day Festival (Paris, France), Big Irish Night Festival (Amsterdam, Holland), The Toronto Festival of Beer in Fort York (Toronto, Canada), Koeinpop Festival (Horst, Holland), The National Celtic Festival (Portarlington, Australia), The Freemont Street St. Patrick's Festival (Las Vegas, USA), Deerlyck Folk Festival (Deerlyck, Belguim), The Fergus Highland Games Festival (Fergus, Canada), Castle Festival (Soligen, Germany), Capital City Celtic Festival (Ottawa, Canada), Huntenpop Festival (Ulft, Holland), George Street Festival (St John, Canada), Celtic Transhumances Festival (Laas, France), Yonge St Festival (Toronto, Canada), The South Carolina Irish/Scottish Festival (Anderson, USA), and The Celtic Nights Festival (Vienna, Austria) plus many more...

Now with two new CDs "The Black Irish Album" and "Whiskey Devils - A Tribute To The Mahones" released in 2011 and over 100 shows performed in over 25 countries...THE MAHONES are gearing up for another world tour in 2012. See you soon!

Hide your drinks, and lock up you daughters....

BarRoom Heroes
BarRoom Heroes
We are the BarRoom Heroes named after a song by the Dropkick Murphys. Established Dec 2007. We have had a few lineup changes over the years but brothers Jake (15 guitar/vocals) & Nick Bell (13 bass/vocals) are the original members. Davey Dryer (17 drummer) joined March of 2012 and has added lots of energy earning him the nickname "Animal". We had a show shut down by the cops in June 2009 (we where 10 & 11!). Ken Casey & DKM caught wind and stepped up doing some interviews in support. The Press nicknamed us "Band of PUNK brothers". From there we started doing benefits. Punks For Aprincess fundraiser show Sept 2010 (ongoing punksforaprincess.com) was our break to meeting some great Booking Agents (Beantown Booking & Brass N Ammo) and other bands (Lenny Lashleys Gang of One, Beantown Boozehounds, The Scrapes, The F.U.'s, Bob Cenci of Jerrys Kids and many more). We've played some great venues Harpers Ferry, Landsdowne Pub, Church of Boston, Beachcomber, McGreevys, Midway Cafe, Firehouse 13 and many more. Nov 2010 we opened for Lenny Lashley's Gang of One (formerly of Darkbuster) CD release party at McGreevys, March 2011 for the Dropkick Murphys at Tsongas Arena, Dec 2011 for The Street Dogs at The Paradise, March 2012 we where back at Tsongas Arena for The Claddagh Funds Block Party and met Danny O' for the first time. Also same week opened for The Mahones at Fete, RI. March 2013 Ken Casey invited us out on tour with DKM to Electric Factory in Philly, 9:30 Club in DC and Terminal 5 in NYC. April 28th we were invited to do Dropkick Murphys benefit at the House of Blues, Boston for the victims of the Boston Marathon. We shared the stage with The Old Brigade, The Parkington Sisters, Big D and the Kids Table. To be part of something so grand is unexplainable and to be part of the healing and raising $ for the Claddagh Fund for the victims felt great. That show was about raising $ and to start the Boston process of healing. We are having a blast and looking forward to whatever may come in the future... BOSTON PROUD... BOSTON STRONG.
Bryan McPherson
Bryan McPherson
"Bryan McPherson was born and raised in Dorchester, MA, an Irish-Catholic neighborhood of Boston known for its tough demeanor and sometimes narrow world view. He grew up exploring music through Boston's punk rock scene, which often reflected the values fostered by his hometown. When it came time to pursue music of his own, however, Bryan found his own road to walk. While his friends bought second-hand half stacks, he got an acoustic guitar. Bryan's road brought him to folk music: the music of the people.

On Bryan McPherson's second album, he finds himself in California continuing the story that started in Boston. In American Boy American Girl, Bryan explores the dark underbelly of the American dream. From factories to farmlands, riots to prisons, mountains to dark city streets, Bryan explores this narrative and spits rage in the face of those who oppress, those who would have us be afraid, those who control for their own selfish means. He paints humanity as one group, with "no creed, no class, no nation." The songwriting reveals his punk rock foundation through a lens shaped by Dylan and Guthrie. American Boy American Girl displays Bryan's range and talent, and hints at a future of limitless potential."

- State Line Records
Venue Information:
Terminal 5
610 W 56th St
New York, NY, 10019