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
01. Scruffy’s Intro
02. A Great Night On The Lash
03. Paint The Town Red
04. Shakespeare Road
05. GIve It All You Got
06. A Drunken Night In Dublin
07. Ghost Of A Whiskey Devil
08. Across The USA
09. Streets Of New York
10. Queen And Tequila
11. One Last Shot
12. Down The Boozer
13. Angels and Devils
14. Is This Bar Open ‘Til Tomorrow
15. Teenage Kicks
16. Drunken Lazy Bastard
17. The Hunger & The Fight*
18. Punk Rock Saved My Life*
19. Last One To Die*
20. Alternative Ulster*
21. Wild Rover (Live In Italy)
Scruffy, lots of people are very excited to hear you have become a Mahone. How did joining The Mahones come about?
I have been long time friends with Finny and Dom…they’re like family to me. Katie is like a little sister and the rest of the fellas have always been fun to hang around. I have played off and on with them and toured many times with them and it’s always been a great time.
What attracted you to join the Mahones, you go back a long time with them right?
I have known Finny and crew for over 20 years…we go way back. They’re great friends and I consider them family.
How will the sound of the Mahones change with you aboard?
I don’t think much about the signature sound of the Mahones will change much…I think the only change is that you may here some Bagpipes here and there. I will share whistle duties and some backup vocals.
Are you moving back to Canada?
I will always have a home in Canada, but I’m staying in Boston. I love this city and am quite content here.
How are relations with Dropkick Murphys?
I wish them all the best.
What are the Mahones upcoming plans to record and tour?
We are working out lots of dates and are excited to get to work. I will be in the studio for a few days coming up next week to do some preliminary work and you can expect to hear some great new music!
Bruins or Canadians?
Without hesitation…Boston Bruins.
What have you been up for the since you left DKM?
I have been working with a new charity called 22kill, bringing awareness to veteran suicide. Staying busy with arranging fund raisers and helping in my community as much as I can. I went to school to become an EMT and love helping people in need. Being a father to 2 boys keeps me pretty busy and I squeeze in as much playing with other bands as I can.
Favorite Mahones song?
Hmmmmm….I’ve always been partial to ‘Back Home’….has a lot of sentimental meaning to me. Of course the usual staples….Drunken Lazy Bastard, Is This Bar Open ‘Til Tomorrow and a night of debauchery that Finny and I shared in Hamburg, Germany a few years ago called ‘The Pint Of No Return’…haha. It was a hell of a night chasing the ghost of Brendan Behan….
Irish Whiskey or Scotch?
Scotch…I usually drink Lagavulin 16 or any Islay whisky….
‘Si Vis Pacem Para Bellum’ Your Piper-at-Arms, Josh ‘Scruffy’ Wallace
The idea of a concept album always scares me, seventeen minute tracks of acid induced musical wanking is not my thing. Well, happy to say the Mahones avoid any temptation of prog rock glory. The Hunger & The Fight part two leaves the old world and takes on the Irish experience in the new world.
Reamhra, an Uileann pipe air introduces part two and and at the same time bids farewell to the old world. Punk Rock Saved My Life, sets the tone of Hunger & The Fight 2 sounding like the Clash / Husker Du at full speed. Sea of Skeletons slows down the pace and is classic Mahones, the song is a reflection back on the coffin ship journey of the famine emigrants and future struggles to overcome. The Irish Brigade ramps up the tempo and is in tribute to the legendary original fighting Irish. Turn This Town is the albums love song an ode to the Lower East Side but may just a bit more punkie then previous Finny McConnell ballads. JFK is haunting and of course pays tribute to the Irish in America’s greatest triumph and tragedy. An instrumental The Hunger & The Fight Overture is a melody of the tracks from disk one and again links the two albums together. Riot Tonight, is another Clash inspired punk rocker bringing the theme of know your rights into the 21st century. Fuck You is pure hardcore, I never imagined Katie could vocally spit nails they way she does on FU – I’m sure it will be a hit at Irish festivals from Toronto to Tijuana. The final 3 tracks, all covers, fall out side the concept (Yes would never do that) but are all damn fine – SLFs Alternative Ulster, the traditional Parting Glass done more Mahones then Clancy Brothers and Thin Lizzy’s Dancing in the Moonlight, a tribute to fallen brother Cuzo.
The Hunger & The Fight two continues on the masterpiece of part one and while harder and much more punk then the first, both need to exist side by side and played together.
02. Punk Rock Saved My Life
03. Sea of Skeletons
04. The Irish Brigade (The Fighting 69th)
05. Turn This Town (New York City)
07. The Hunger & The Fight Overture
08. Riot Tonight
09. Fuck You
10. Alternative Ulster
11. The Parting Glass
Our long on-going (5 years in the making) tribute to Celtic-rock originators Horslips is moving forward. All tracks are in and mastering is about to take place in Montreal under the expert supervision of Mr. Finny McConnell of The Mahones.
The Mahones are hauling ass over to Europe again for the August/September festival circuit. Catch’em if you can.
M.A.D. TOURBOOKING PRESENTS THE MAHONES
August 06 – Sion – Guinness Festival (Switzerland)
August 07 – Mannheim – 7er Club (Germany)
August 08 – Baudour – Parkrock (Belgium)
August 09 – Blackpool – Rebellion Punk Rock Festival (Great Britain)
August 10 – Nottingham – Doghouse (Great Britain)
August 11 – Huddersfield – Parish (Great Britain)
August 12 – London – New Cross Inn (Great Britain)
August 13 – Norwich – Owl Sanctuary (Great Britain)
August 14 – Winchester – Boomtown Festival (Great Britain)
August 16 – Düsseldorf – Pitcher (Germany)
August 18 – Copenhagen – Loppen (Denmark)
August 19 – Karlskrona – Greven (Sweden)
August 20 – Hamburg – Headcrash (Germany)
August 21 – Alsfeld – Ehrlich & Laut Open Air (Germany)
August 24 – Wien – Viper Room (Austria)
August 25 – Stuttgart – Kellerclub (Germany)
August 27 – Nantes – Scene Michelet (France)
August 28 – Brest – West Fest (France)
August 29 – Breal Sous Montfort – Festival du Roi Arthur (France)
August 30 – Valstagna – Brintaal Celtic Rock Fest (Italy)
September 01 – Caramagna – Spazio Polivalente (Italy)
September 02 – Milano – Lo Fi (Italy)
September 04 – Saint die les Vosges – Entracte (France)
September 05 – Montbeliard – Atelier des Môles (France)
September 09 – Aarburg – Musigburg (Switzerland)
September 10 – Wermelskirchen – AJZ Bahndamm (Germany)
September 11 – Landgraaf – Oefenbunker (Netherlands)
Not a new release by any shot, but I just got my hands on Whiskey Devils – A Tribute to The Mahones (cheers Finny for passing on). The tribute was put together to celebrate The Mahones 20th anniversary (they just hit 25 years last Paddy’s day). Obviously with a such a strong back catalog there were plenty of classic and seminal Celtic punk songs to choose from and 19 of The Mahones most legendary track are presented here with not a duff version amongst them. I have to call out a few of the tracks as must hears; Drunk Lazy Bastard as interpreted by The Popes (its all bad attitude), Shake Hands With The Devil a frigging incredible almost industrial/metal version by the Bloody Irish Boys, the down and out London by Paul-Ronney Angel and Aaron Chapman‘s lounge lizard sleaze of Cocktail Blue.
The Popes (England) – Drunken Lazy Bastard
The Peelers (Canada) – Rise Again
Brutus’ Daughters (Spain) – Take Me Back
Paul-Ronney Angel (England) – London
Roughneck Riot (England) – Across The USA
Drink Hunters (Spain) – Take No Prisoners
The Vandon Arms (U.S.A.) – Down The Boozer
The Ryan Brothers (Canada) – Streets Of New York
Bastards On Parade (Spain) – Paint The Town Red
The Bloody Irish Boys (U.S.A.) – Shake Hands With The Devil
Aaron Chapman (Canada) – Cocktail Blue
Drunken Dru (Canada) – Is This Bar Open Til’ Tomorrow?
Pladdohg (U.S.A.) – Whiskey Devils
Black Friday (England) – There She Goes
The Gobshites (U.S.A.) – A Drunken Night In Dublin
Hit The Bottle Boys (U.S.A.) – Queen & Tequila
Paddy McCallion (Ireland) – Back Home
Cabor Toss (Canada) – Drunken Lazy Bastard (Live)
Mark Gilligan (Ireland) – Girl With Galway Eyes