25 Years of Irish Punk celebrates, well, 25 Years of Irish Punk from our favorite Canadian hooligans, The Mahones. Whats cool about 25 years is its not just a collection of loved Mahones classics remastered but actually re-recorded by the current line up (including Mr. Scruffy Wallace). The whole album has a great consistency and a live in the studio feel – except Wild Rover which is live-live. 25 years also includes great covers of The Undertones (Teenage Kicks) , Stiff Little Fingers (Alternative Ulster) and Rancid (Last One to Die). Available online and in stores internationally via The Whiskey Devil Collective (Canada), eOne (Canada), Sailor’s Grave Records (USA) and Wolverine Records (Germany).
The Gobshites – Somebody Put Something In My Drink
The Gobshites – Trouble With Women
Ceili Family – Band of Bowsies
The Rumjacks – Les Darcy
Sisters of Murphy – L.O.V.E
The Led Farmers – Share The Wealth
The Gobshites – Cheers
The Mahones – Girl With Galway Eyes (dedicated to Anne McConnell)
Gerard Smith – The Parting Glass
The Rumjacks – Fact’ry Jack
The Popes – Storming Heaven
The Wild Irish Roses – Brennan On The Moore
James Vincent McMorrow – Rising Water
Sleeping Rough is the latest and greatest album from Sydney boot-boys The Rumjacks. Following quickly on the heals of 2015’s Sober & Godless we get another shot of pure Celtic-punk. Like Sober & Godless, Sleeping Rough with the exception of the single ‘A Fistful O’ Roses’ has noting immediately that grabs your attention like say ‘Uncle Tommy’ or ‘Irish Pub Song’ on the bands debut Gangs of New Holland but like Sober & Godless if you invest the listening time you will be duly rewarded with another classic. I want also to give a shout out to Frankie McLaughlin’s lyrics, he continues to be one of the finest wordsmiths on the scene combining a gritty realism à la MacGowan with the tough-guy romanticism of Lynott. In short, a very fine album that continues to get better with every listen.
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 small but enthusiastic crowd at Boston’s Great Scott were treated to a great night of music and banter by Pogues legend James Fearnley and friends. With accordion strapped on and in fine voice (despite complaints of a sweaty, smelly hand from holding the accordion), James took us through almost two hours of his post-Pogues material which he described in finest Yorkshire English as either “fast as fuck or slow as shite”. The material was pulled from the 1996 release he did with the Low and Sweet Orchestra and (I’m guessing) new material from the upcoming Cranky George release and despite early on telling us he would not play any Pogues material no matter how hard we stared at him the band ended the night with Drunken Boat (or at least that’s what I remember – corrections welcome). Tonight was a ton of fun and the band (basically a pick-up band for 3 shows – Boston, NYC and the Murphy’s Irish fest) had a tonne of laughs with former Dropkick Murphys Marc Orrell cracking up though out the night – I wish I know who the rest of the band were but introductions only got as far as the bass players first name – George – before taking a detour to a story about James trying to join Boy George’s Culture Club.. Mark Lind of Ducky Boys fame open up with some great acoustic roots rock with a nod to Springsteen.
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)
THE MAHONES announce October UK and European dates:
Oct 14 – Joiners – Southhampton, England
Oct 15 – Queens Hall – Nuneaton, England
Oct 16 – Sound Control – Manchester, England
Oct 17 – Cathouse – Glasgow, Scotland
Oct 18 – Boston Music Rooms – London, England
Oct 20 – Bugerweeshuis – Deventer, Netherlands
Oct 21 – Ex-Haus – Trier, Germany
Oct 22 – MTC – Cologne, Germany
Oct 23 – Musik & Frieden – Berlin, Germany
Oct 25 – Derur Kert – Budapest, Hungary
Oct 26 – Arena – VIenna, Austria
Oct 27 – Dynamo – Zurich, Switzerland
Oct 28 – Raindogs House – Savona, Italy
Oct 29 – Dublin House – San Benedetto del Tronto, Italy
Oct 30 – Swamp Club – Massa, Italy
Oct 31 – Centrale Rock Club – Erba, Italy
More dates to be announced!
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: