The Go Set: O’Brien’s Pub in Allston MA

The Go Set, BeanTown Boozehounds, The Pint Killers, The Disquiets

9/22/2017 at O’Brien’s Pub in Allston MA

Road Tripping. I was to Boston for this insane line-up. I roped in a mate and we shipped up to Boston from Kingston, NY, a 4 hour drive. We headed out at 1pm to arrive at 5 to check into our flophouse, The Farrington Inn. It smelled like a morgue to me, I could smell dead bodies, musk or wet dog anyway. Highly recommended. Affordable- if you know what I mean.

We had just enough time to grab a bite with my life-long friend Dave Tree  of Boston’s TREE and SEE THIS WORLD and John Murphy who was guest listed for the show but had already bought two tickets that he was going to simply GIVE us. What could be better than to meet at old school Italian Greg’s Restaurant in Watertown? The waitresses only yelled at us a little- “Sit in the lounge! Sit in the Lounge!”

We got to O’Brien’s a bit after eight and met Lachlan McSwain (pipes, whistle) and Chad Blaster (drums/ Ramshackle Army) of The Go Set who were already there. Had a lot of fun downing some pints and catching up. I had played in NYC with The Go Set last year with Alternative Ulster before that band broke apart. We learned Justin Keenan lead singer of the Go Set’s plane wasn’t going to land until 10PM. The bass player shortly before that was landing from Toronto. All I could get was that his name was Shorty. Those two were simply going to have to run in the door, set up and play. F**k-tons of fun! (That’s for you Chad). Did you know that in Australia there are kangaroo warnings when a troop jumps along main street and schools go into lockdown? Chad laughingly informed us cuz he also teaches at a drum school. None of them called us a c*nt , a word that in Australia is used more than “the,” but we were taught how to slide it into a conversation for maximum effect.

Talking to a lad at the bar in a Black Irish Texas shirt- said he was bass in The Gobshites- Tom Hughes. Both soon realized we had met, we played an awesome event Phil Duckworth put together last year in Danbury CT, when I was with Alternative Ulster. The Mighty Ploughboys had hosted and headlined on their AOH home turf.

To be honest we missed the first band, The Disquiets, looking for a cocktail- some bourbon- and to walk off Gregg’s food. When we got back The Pint Killers were just getting ready to go. It was an insane set of all originals except for the closer, Skinhead by Darkbuster. Raise a Glass, Around the Hood, Friend, Devil & Me, Walk away, Who, Just a Man , Lights Out, and  Skinhead. Mark Doherty, the lead singer of The Pint Killers is a complete human bull-dawg of solid muscle who leaps completely into the air over and over during songs. It’s awesome to watch. A puppet-man on an invisible string. During a spoken word intro to Walk Away, a song he wrote for a girl he was breaking up with at the time but is now reunited with, he said ‘it may get him solo again for singing it,’ – a funny moment. Sober for two years, that’s freaking fantastic!  The rest of The Pint Killers are Bill Jolliemore (guitar), Dean Calamari (bass) and Johnny Fencer (drums). All sing backing vocals and Jolliemore is a monster on guitar. Enjoyed watching him play. My friend from home liked this band a lot, too.

Next came the Beantown Boozehounds, Chad (guitar /mandolin), Gallows (guitar, vocals), Rob B. Ridiculous (bass, vocals), and Rocky Magic (drums).

This set was an insane alcohol-fueled car-crash of mayhem and beer fountains spraying on fans and band alike. Chad was soaked to the bone. Dozens of double shots of some brown booze were brought to the stage and hastily thrown down by all like thirsty pirates. I’d guess it was Jaeger, but what the hell, rum and black currant? Darker than whiskey seemed to be to me. Haha.  Rob B., the bass player, had some ridiculous band shirt with the Hamburgler on it called Mac Sabbath– a Ronald McDonald themed Black Sabbath tribute band he explained to me later. Ok things were getting weird. Their cover of the Ramones’ Bonzo Goes to Bitburg was simply brilliant and has been playing in my head for four days now. Great beer laden Boston set- a classic. How does Chad Beantown imitate a beer-spewing fire hydrant so well? Years of practice. Seems like it’s a Boston tradition to wear a baseball cap while you play. Now I know it’s to keep the beer spray out of your eyes.

Near midnight and Justin Keenan from The Go Set had arrived by some miracle and Shorty was tuning up his bass. A “calling-on song” ? The band was busy getting beers so Justin jumped up and started sing his Aussie stones off to a Robert Burns’ poem MacPherspon’s Rant. The rest of the band started to hurry their arses to get on stage and go. It was just stunning. His crazy 30- hour on a plane voice and manic- OJ Simpson- running-over-the –turnstiles– look had the crowd spellbound.  Then they came in together with Drums of Chelsea and O’Briens went mad. Raise a Glass was next and the shots of brown Jaeger kept coming. Four songs mixed into the set from their first 2004 album was a killer treat- MacPherson’s, Old Dark Brown, 1788, and 5 AM. The rest of the sixteen song set were spread out from brand new to mid, about two songs from each record. The girls love it when the Go Set gets intimate and Justin and the drummer go acoustic and step into the crowd and do an acoustic number, 5 AM. Except there were no girls there, not one that I remember- a f*ck-ton of fun. Haha.  Brought it right back up with four more Aussie pub-rockers capped off by Davey closing the show- you thought. Everyone was on stage for the encore closer-  AC/DC’s It’s a Long Way to the Top, that had the Beantown Boozehounds and The Pint Killers all up there singing, drinking shots, and beer-spraying along. If there is an Irish Punk Valhalla, it looks like this.

Oh, and hat’s off to the doorman who had gauges as big as a 40 oz. He said it took him 12 years to stretch it out. Dedication.

Review, Michael X. Rose

The Go Set: One Fine Day

One Fine Day is depending on your knowledge of The Go Set either a well timed best of / live collection or a “Hello America” release. The album is out to support the band’s upcoming short US tour (both a physical and digital release). Long time Shite’n’Onions readers will be well familiar with The Go Set. If you don’t know ’em, they are a long running Aussie folk-punk outfit – part Pogues, part Clash, part Weddings, Parties, Anything and just a wee bit AC/DC (Long Way To The Top), Easily one of the best band on the whole scene with a string of first class albums under their belts and up their kilts. One Fine Day is a great introduction to the band and if you get a chance catch ‘em live.

US TOUR 2017

9/22 O’Brien’s Pub Boston, MA

9/23 Thirsty Turtle Nashua, NH

9/24 MillBottom Event ctr. Jefferson City, MO

9/26 Soaring Wings Vineyard Springfield, NE

9/27 Maggie O’briens St Lousi, MO

9/28 The Holding Company San Diego, CA

9/29 Get Shamrocked Festival Murrieta, CA

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Various ‎– Raise Your Pints Vol.2 (MacSlon’s Irish Pub Radio)

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.

Tracks list:

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

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The Go Set kick off US tour

Aussie legends The Go Set kick-off a short US tour next Friday at O’Briens Pub in Allston (Boston) .The tour takes them through the mid-west, finishing up in Southern California at the Get Shamrocked festival.

Best of 2016: Podcast

#1 The Rumjacks: Sleepin’ Rough

Les Darcy

Kathleen

#2 The Go Set: Rolling Sound

Bones

Rolling Sound

#3 The Langer’s Ball: Whiskey Outlaws

Sword of Light

Whiskey Outlaws

#4 The Gobshites: The Whistle Before the Snap

Shane’s Dentist

Somebody Put Something

#5 Sir Reg: Modern Day Disgrace

Cranky George: Fat Lot of Good

Tunnel of Love

Sisters of Murphy: Working Stiffs Unite

Jack Haggerty

Bodh’aktan: Bodh’aktan

Besoin d’air

Bunch of Bastards: My Drinkin’ Ain’t Done

Sing with us Bastards

Mischief Brew: Bacchanal’n’Philadelphia

Every Town Will Celebrate

The Mahones – The Very Best: 25 Years of Irish Punk

Give It All Ya Got (2016)

The Winter Codes: Too Cool To Dance EP

Friend in Tullamore

Alternative Ulster: Rebellion

Riot in the Rondout

The Muckers: The Muckers

Eddie Conners

The Best of 2016

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

Bodh’aktan: Bodh’aktan

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

The Go Set: US Tour Dates

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.The go set

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The Go Set are coming

The bagpipes from Down Under are coming to the US this September. But since it costs a shite load of money to fly their hairy arses from Ozz to the US – something like $16,000 – the band are asking for help to defer costs with lots of loot offered in return.

https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/support-the-go-set-usa-campaign–2#/

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Podcast #94

The Whisky Priests – The Hard Men

Mischief Brew – Every Town Will Celebrate

Bodh’aktan – Grazie Mille

Alternative Ulster – Riot in the Rondout

Rovers Ahead – Ghost Of Anne Reily

The Real McKenzies – Skye Boat Song

Jamie Clarke’s Perfect – Thru Sid Vicious Eyes

BibleCodeSundays – The Lords of Winter Hill

The Go Set – Bones

The Black Tartan Clan – Standing Strong

Tom O’Reilly & The Swaggers – Country Boy Blues

The Go Set: Rolling Sound / These Are The Days DVD

go setRolling Sound the latest release by Aussie band The Go Set is an album you need to buy twice, not just because its another slab of fineness from one of the most consistently great bands on the whole Celtic-punk scene. In fact, I would say it’s my favorite Go Set collection with the exception of the Sing a Song of Revolution (and if they pulled Back in Black 2 outta their collective arses Sing a Song of Revolution would still top it for me). So why buy it twice? Well once so you can get it on glorious splatter green vinyl and twice cos the CD version comes with a DVD of These Are The Days a full length highly professional documentary on the band and realities of a DIY band touring the world and making music on their terms.

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