Pretty cool documentary here on long time Vancouver favs The Dreadnoughts.
The Top 5:
#1 The Peelers: Palace of the Fiend
Called this on back in May. Still holds true.
#2 Flogging Molly: Life is Good
A fine return to form best FM album since the last Peelers album.
#3 Bill Grogan’s Goat: Third Eye
#4 The Trouble Pilgrims: Dark Shadows and Rust
#5 The Tossers: Smash The Windows
The Best of the Rest (in no particular order):
The Kilmaine Saints: Whiskey Blues and Faded Tattoos
Black Anemone: In It For Life
Craic: Sounds of Vandemark
Jamie Clarke’s Perfect: Hell Hath No Fury
The Templars of Doom: Bring Me the Head of John the Baptist
Best 40 year old punk album released in 2017
The Radiators From Space: TV Tube Heart
The Best Horslips Tribute released in 2017
Tracks on compilation albums are like friends. You can find good friends like Sir Reg, Greenland Whalefishers and The Go Set. There are friends you have lost touch with and need to reconnect with – The Porters, The Killigans and Kilkenny Knights. Friends that you need to get to know better – Mickey Rickshaw and Hoist the Colors and of course friends that you haven’t met until now. Raise Your Pints – Vol.2 is a very good compilation and if you want to know what is going on in the European scene the MacSlon is the man.
1 The Rogues from County Hell – MacSlon’s
2 The Cloves and the Tobacco – Too Much Trouble
3 Kilkenny Knights – Mick Watson
4 Irish Stew Of Sindidun – One Way Ticket
5 The Killigans – From The Underground
6 The Mullins – 9 To 5
7 The Go Set – Holdfast
8 The O’Reillys & The Paddyhats – Sign Of The Fighter
9 Billy Treacy – Temple Bar
10 Sir Reg – All Saints’ Day
11 Hoist The Colours – Mourners
12 Mickey Rickshaw – Nonprofit Warfare
13 Uncle Bard & The Dirty Bastards – I Only Got One Pint
14 Paddy and the Rats – Lonely Hearts’ Boulevard
15 BalticSeaChild – Fool In The Rain
16 Drink Hunters – Celtic Punks
17 Airs & Graces – 4 Corners
18 The Moorings – Drink Up Fast
19 The Porters – Son Of This Town
20 The Clan – Horns Up And Fight
21 Greenland Whalefishers – The Letter
Life of Good is a very good album! Very much a return to roots by the Mollies after the more boundary pushing Speed of Darkness. The general consensus around the “interweb” is Life is Good is the best thing Flogging Molly have done since Within a Mile of Home or even Drunken Lullabies and I would very much agree – settled science. The young pretenders have been snapping at FMs heels for quite a while but Dave King and gang have stepped back into the ring to reclaim the Celtic-punk heavy weight title. So without a track-by-track, blow-by-blow review here are the highlights.
The Hand Of John L. Sullivan that punches as hard as the great man himself.
Welcome To Adamstown, with it’s ska/horn dance-ability. I actually grew-up not too far from Adamstown and went to school right beside it. There was nothing there when I was in school a lifetime a go, just fields and a country house. In the late 1990s/2000s there was a massive property boom in Ireland – developers built thousands of houses in west Dublin yet no real infrastructure was put in (shops, schools, churches – yep you atheists) then the whole thing went bust leaving unfinished streets and negative equity, unemployment and bank foreclosures. Now there are hundreds of houses but still noting there. Welcome To Adamstown gets the story right.
The Last Serenade (Sailors And Fisherman), reminiscent at times of the magnificent the son never shines on closed doors.
Flogging Molly are truly back and life is great.
There’s Nothing Left Pt. 1
The Hand Of John L. Sullivan
Welcome To Adamstown
Reptiles (We Woke Up)
The Day’s We’ve Yet To Meet
Life Is Good
The Last Serenade (Sailors And Fisherman)
The Guns Of Jericho
Crushed (Hostile Nations)
The Bride Wore Black
Until We Meet Again
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