Dropkick Murphys Biography
Since the formation back in the mid-'90s, Dropkick Murphys plays Irish music with Punk roots; a complex distillation of Celtic-Folk, American Rock 'n' Roll and classic Punk combined with their explosive stage presence which keeps the listeners magnetized.
It all began in Boston, Massachusetts USA, where vocalist Mike McColgan, Rick Barton on guitar, Joe Delaney on bagpipes, Ken Casey on bass + vocals and Matt Kelly on drums recorded a number of self-financed EPs and finally signed to Hellcat Records.
Produced by Rancid guitarist Lars Frederiksen and released in early 1998, "Do Or Die", put Dropkick Murphys on the map, this record opened the world's eyes to the group's driving intensity and bar room chants. The disc sold in excess of 200,000 largely due to word of mouth in the underground.
Inspired by the overwhelming success of their Hellcat debut, the group ploughed ahead with the following year's "The Gang's All Here". This album introduced Al Barr, the new vocalist for the Murphys.
2001's ambitious "Sing Loud, Sing Proud" incorporated more instrumentation than previous efforts, with the band growing into a septet. This record peaked at #6 on the Top Independent Albums chart.
The Boston-based hybrid Celtic-Punk outfit's line-up became stable around this time when Barr, Casey and Kelly were joined by guitarists James Lynch and Marc Orrell and later by Tim Brennan on mandolin + accordion and Scruffy Wallace on bagpipes + tin whistle.
"Blackout" was released in June 2003 to the band's ever broadening fan-base and was their most accessible work to date. It reached the #83 position on The Billboard 200 and rose to #3 on the Top Independent Albums chart.
Two years later followed "The Warrior's Code", an album dedicated to Massachusetts boxing legend Micky Ward, which hit #48 on The Billboard 200 and fell just one position short of #1 on the Top Independent Albums chart. The CD contained "I'm Shipping Up To Boston" that was prominently featured in Martin Scorcese's Academy Award winning film "The Departed". Continuously surprising industry pundits by outdrawing high profile mainstream acts as headliners on major tours around the globe, Dropkick Murphys landed high profile slots on the festival circuit and became staples at some of the premiere festival dates around the world: the U.S. Warped tour, Reading & Leeds and Glastonbury in England, Fuji Rock in Japan, Roskilde in Denmark, Southside, Hurricane & Full-force in Germany, Lowlands in Holland, Livid in Australia.
In September 2007 the group put out their sixth studio album, "The Meanest Of Times", peaking at #20 on The Billboard Top 200 chart. Shortly after the album release Orrell quit and Brennan switched to the guitar spot.
Dropkick Murphys delivered a new collection of Irish-tinged Punk-Rock tunes on their 2011's offering "Going Out In Style"; the album debuted at #6 on The Billboard 200, marking the band's highest chart entry to date. It was the first album recorded with mondolin + banjo & bouzouki player Jeff DaRosa.
January 2013 saw the release of "Signed And Sealed In Blood", it included the infectious Christmas song titled "The Season's Upon Us" which peaked at #23 on The Rock Songs chart. The disc eventually hit #9 on The Billboard 200 and #16 on the Top Canadian Albums charts while the second single, "The Boys Are Back", crashed into the top 50 of the Active Rock list.