Alternative Ulster: Pog Mo Thoin

Pog Mo Thoin is the second full length from Ulster county New York’s Alternative Ulster. Pog Mo Thoin is hard as hell. Reminiscent of NYHC meets lo-fi proto-punk at its rawest colliding with the pipes and drums of the NYPD Emerald Society. There are no frills or niceties on Pog Mo Thoin – this is probably the sound  Sir Henry de Bohun heard when Robert the Bruce split his head in two with a battle-axe at Bannockburn – skull crushing and wailing bagpipes. Though Alternative Ulster in fairness are not just kilt wearing brutes they do have a #metoo moment and share it on the sensitive “Self Appointed Kilt Inspector”.

https://alternativeulster1.bandcamp.com/album/pog-mo-thoin

https://www.facebook.com/bagpiperockandroll/

The Bottlers: EP

The Bottlers 3 track EP is Sydney based acoustic folk-punks first official release. It also my first opportunity to hear the 9 piece. Good ol fashioned Celtic / folk punk in the vein of The Pogues meets The Rumjack. I’m highly impressed and looking forward to more. I know I’ve said this before but I’ve never heard a bad Aussie band and that streak continues with The Bottlers – must be something they put in the grog down under. Oh, and the beards would do Ned Kelly proud – good on ya mate.

https://www.facebook.com/TheBottlers/
http://www.thebottlers.com.au/

Paddy’s Days Podcast

Black 47 – Green Suede Shoes

Neck – Every Day’s St Patrick’s Day

BibleCodeSundays – Drinking All Day

Alternative Ulster – Pog Mo Thoin

The Mahones – The Wild Rover

Finnegan Hell – Shane MacGowans Grave

The Rumjacks – An Irish Pub song

The Peelers – Going Down Swingin’

Craic – Rocky Road To Dublin

Horslips – Dearg Doom

The Tossers – St Patrick’s Day

Narrowbacks – Muirsheen Durkin

Kilkenny Knights – Dance!

Ferocious Dog – Johnny I Hardly Knew Ya

Blood Or Whiskey – Follow Me up to Carlow-Holt’s Way

McDermott’s 2 Hours vs Levellers – Laying The Sligo Maid

Finn’s Fury – Auld Triangle

Bill Grogan’s Goat – Haul Away Joe

The Gobshites – Beer Beer Beer

Hit The Bottle Boys – Galway Girl

Ferocious Dog: Red

As I was starting the review of Red, I pulled up the Dog’s web site and on it there is a really great description of the band – English working class Celtic-folk punk, The Levellers meets Billy Bragg meets The Pogues. As authentic as feck – I read it and though to myself that really nails what Ferocious Dog are all about (and the author is obviously a genius and probably very handsome too) – then I notice the quote was from Shite’n’Onions – I was right on all counts. Red is the third full-length from Ferocious Dog and it certainly does not disappoint, high energy fiddle led Celtic-punk in a similar vein to the band’s previous two releases – Ferocious Dog and From Without – so if you love those albums you’ll love Red.

Honestly, I’m pretty convinced that the Ferocious Dog are going to break real big…….at least in the UK where they are building a massive fan base and have the distinction of being the first unsigned act to sell out the legendary Rock City venue.

http://www.ferociousdog.co.uk/
https://www.facebook.com/FerociousDog/

Craic: Sounds Of Vandemark

Sounds Of Vandemark, the second full length from Cleveland based Celtic-punks Craic was released late last year and in fact made the Shite’n’Onions best of 2017 list – we’re finally catching up now on reviews in 2018. Sounds Of Vandemark is no frills, rough and rowdy and very authentically blue collar Celtic-punk. Craic straddle the middle ground between The Tossers and Dropkick Murphys. Craic’s ode to their hometown, Cleveland, is an absolute classic. Former Dropkick Murphy Ryan Foltz produces.

http://www.craicpunks.com
https://www.facebook.com/craicpunks

STOKED: The Dreadnoughts Return

Pretty cool documentary here on long time Vancouver favs The Dreadnoughts.

http://www.adampwsmith.com/
http://thedreadnoughts.com/

Best of 2018 Podcast

#1 The Peelers: Palace of the Fiend

Going Down Swingin’ (ft. Finny McConnell)

I’m Off to Kill the Devil

#2 Flogging Molly: Life is Good

The Hand Of John L Sullivan

The Guns Of Jericho

#3 Bill Grogan’s Goat: Third Eye

Ye Jacobites By Name

Paddy’s Dead

#4 The Trouble Pilgrims: Dark Shadows and Rust

Queen of Heartache

The Velvet Tongue

#5 The Tossers: Smash The Windows

Erin Go Bragh

The Foggy Dew

The Kilmaine Saints: Whiskey Blues and Faded Tattoos

Long Shot Nag

Black Anemone: In It For Life

Freedom and for all

Craic: Sounds of Vandemark

Cleveland

Jamie Clarke’s Perfect: Hell Hath No Fury

Back From Hell

The Templars of Doom: Bring Me the Head of John the Baptist

The Oliver Cromwell Twist

The Best Horslips Tribute released in 2017

Sword of Light

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The Only List That Matters: The Best Of 2017

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

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Black Anemon: In It For Life

Black Anemon are a new band to me but the Swedish nine piece have been together since 2010 and In It For Life is their third full length. In It For Life is eight tracks of infectious, high-energy folk punk with influences from The Mahones, Flogging Molly and fellow Swedish heroes Sir Reg. In short, a very enjoyable album that I will be listening to many more times in the future and wanting to hear more from the band – lads send on you previous two albums when you get a chance – SnO, PO Box 30, Arlington, MA 02476, USA

https://www.facebook.com/BlackAnemone/
https://blackanemone.bandcamp.com/

The Trouble Pilgrims: Dark Shadows and Rust

Formally the legendary Irish punk band The Radiators From Space (see the following review). The Rads morphed into The Trouble Pilgrims after the death of one of the RFS founding members (and Pogue) Philip Chevron. The surviving band wanted to continue but didn’t feel right going forward as The Radiators from Space without Philip. Taking the tile of the Radiators magnificent third album Trouble Pilgrim the Pilgrims became Ireland’s best new band. Trouble Pilgrims play raw and dirty rock’n’roll showcasing influences from the first wave of rock’n’roll onto sixties bubblegum and onward to the proto-punk of the Velvet Underground to seventies glam and the early NYC punk sounds then kicking and screaming through 1977 into 2017. A mighty fine album indeed.

http://www.thetroublepilgrims.com
https://www.facebook.com/TheTroublePilgrims