It’s been a few years since we’ve heard anything new from former Pogue Jamie Clarke (guitar on the much underrated Pogue Mahone). Hell Hath No Fury follows in the Folk-a-billy direction of 2011’s Beat Boys – part Pogues, part Rock-a-billy, party outlaw country in a spaghetti western kind of way. The cover of La Bamba is a must hear. A real solid album.
The Mahones are again headlining the Guinness Irish Festival in Switzerland this August.
In the meantime the band are touring Canada.
May-06 – Rickshaw Theatre – Vancouver, BC
May-08 – The Showroom – Duncan, BC
May-10 – Wild Bills – Banff, AB
May-11 – Distortion – Calgary, AB
May-12 – The Athabasca – Jasper, AB
May-13 – Starlite Room – Edmonton AB
May-16 – The Drake – Canmore, AB
May-17 – The Slice – Lethbridge, AB
May-18 – The Capitol, Saskatoon, SK
May-19 – Bobby’s Place – Regina, SK
May-20 – Bobby’s Place – Moosejaw, SK *More summer European, Canadian
London legends play two rare US dates this month.
May 25th – O’Brien’s Pub, 3 Harvard Ave, Allston, MA
May 28th – Connolly’s, 121 W 45th St, New York, NY
Now the 25th is a Thursday and the 29th a Sunday so it may be safe to assume some in-between dates as well.
A little late but worth the wait…..and remember it’s not late till March 18th.
The Top Five:
#1 The Rumjacks: Sleepin’ Rough
#2 The Go Set: Rolling Sound
#3 The Langer’s Ball: Whiskey Outlaws
#4 The Gobshites: The Whistle Before the Snap
#5 Sir Reg: Modern Day Disgrace
The Best of the Rest (in no particular order):
Cranky George: Fat Lot of Good
Sisters of Murphy: Working Stiffs Unite
Bunch of Bastards: My Drinkin’ Ain’t Done
Mischief Brew: Bacchanal’n’Philadelphia
Special Shout Out to:
The Mahones – The Very Best: 25 Years of Irish Punk
The Winter Codes: Too Cool To Dance EP
New Kids on the Block:
Alternative Ulster: Rebellion
The Muckers: The Muckers
Chicago’s original and best, The Tossers, have a new album, Smash The Windows, slated for release on March 3rd. Shite’n’Onions has just had a sneak peek and it’s classic Tossers. In the mean time check out the single, Erin Go Bragh.
Review to follow shortly……honest
As some wag pointed out The Poxmen of The Horslypse was longer in the can then Guns’n’Roses’ Chinese Democracy but unlike Chinese Democracy this was worth the wait.
For those unfamiliar with the saga, The Poxmen of The Horslypse is a vinyl only tribute to legendary velvet loon pants wearing original Celtic-rockers, Horslips, the first band to successfully merge traditional influences with rock.
Track listing / Contributions:
1. Sword of Light – The Langer’s Ball
2. Dearg Doom – Bill Grogan’s Goat
3. The Shamrock Shore – The Mahones
4. Warm Sweet Breath of Love – Jake Burns (Stiff Little Fingers)
5. Fantasia (My Lagan Love) – Mark Cunningham (The Marshmen)
6. The Lady Wrestler – The Radiators from Space (Phil Chevron / The Pogues)
7. Trouble (With a Capital T) – The Indulgers
8. Speed the Plough – Dun Ringles
9. Come Back Beatles – The Teraways
10. Ferdia’s Song – Gerard Smith
11. The Man Who Built America – The Gobshites (with Richie Ramone)
12. New York Wakes – The Larkin Brigade
The Whistle Before the Snap is the long awaited and much delayed album by Boston’s greatest Folk’n’Irish band The Gobshites. Now, while some bands claim to be influenced by the Ramones, some bands wear Ramones shirts, some bands even sing about the Ramones, well The Gobshites manage to have a Ramone (Ritchie) sit in on drums for the whole album. The Gobshites are famous for taking old punk rock standards and giving ’em the Irish treatment so of course we have Somebody Put Something in My Drink given The Gobshites once over as well as Mojo Nixon‘s ode to Shane’s Dentist. But unlike before everything else is original (though if you want split hairs four of the songs were originally recorded by head Gobshite Pete Walsh’s punk band Meat Depressed – written with the Gobshites in mind I’m assured). How does it sound? Great! slightly chaotic, tipsy to sloshed, pub-punk sing along’s with off color self effacing humor…….and oh yeah even a touch of maturity on a couple or three tracks (That’s why I drink, Hidden Meaning & No Fairy Tale)
The Evil of Drink
The Go Set will be with us very soon and a note for anyone going to the Boston gig – it’s actually in Lowell not Boston.
Pogues legend James Fearnley plays Great Scott in Boston on Sunday, September 18th.
James is joined by Marc Orrell (ex-Dropkick Murphys) and Ted Hutt (a founding member of Flogging Molly)
CAs Lexington Field have a new mini album out – Redwood – and it’s a pretty cool idea, 7 re-recorded stripped down to the acoustic bones versions of previous Lexington Field fiddle-rock songs. Check it out the official stream here: