Sonic Concerts & Evenko Present Dropkick Murphys Live at the Centre!
Dropkick Murphys come out swinging on their eighth full-length album, "SIGNED and SEALED in BLOOD" [Born & Bred Records/ADA]. This time around, everything has been cranked up past 10. The Dropkicks' music is universal stuff. Songs for the common man, about common things, that come together with such fury and infectious melody that everyone within earshot is struck straight. Dropkick Murphys, as much as any of the 'punk' or 'blue collar' labels they've earned, are fantastic songwriters. They are on the same quest as their beloved Woody Guthrie or their buddy Bruce Springsteen: how to get that big truth to come out the other end of the speakers in a way people all over the world will feel in their bones.
The enterprise wasn't always so sprawling. Dropkick Murphys started in the basement of a barbershop in Quincy, Mass., paving their own path, carting themselves around in a crappy van. Over the course of seven studio albums they've sold more than 4 million records, sold out venues on every continent with a stage and PA, and churned out the platinum-selling single, "I'm Shipping Up to Boston," the soundtrack to the climax of that Martin Scorsese Academy Award-winning film "The Departed." Meanwhile, their 2011 concept record, "Going Out in Style," boasted not only a fictional narrative co-written by "All Souls" author Michael Patrick MacDonald and guest vocals from Bruce Springsteen, but also debuted at #6 on the Billboard Top 200 with first-week sales exceeding 43,000. The second release on band-owned Born & Bred Records through Warner Music's Independent Label Group (now known as ADA), it marked a big jump from the #20 debut of 2007's "The Meanest of Times" and gave them their highest chart position to date. They've also become true hometown heroes, playing this summer's Boston Pops' annual 4th of July concert in front of over 250,000, and penning "Tessie" which became the theme song for the first Red Sox World Series win in 86 years in '04. This band is truly at home wherever they go, whether it's a punk club in Rome, or onstage with the finest classical musicians in the world.
After going deeper than ever on "Going Out in Style," Dropkick Murphys made a conscious decision to return to their rough 'n tumble Celtic punk roots for the next one. The only concept for "SIGNED and SEALED in BLOOD" was to make the definitive Dropkick Murphys statement.
The band did take one short break from recording -- when they received a last-minute invitation they couldn't refuse, from their pals Mumford & Sons, to join the U.S. debut of their Gentlemen of the Road festival. After the Kennebunkport barn session, the band returned to Q Division in Boston.
"SIGNED and SEALED in BLOOD" is Dropkick Murphys at their universal best. "Our fans make us want to do this forever," smiles Casey. "They live and die by this band as much as we do. We know who we are, and we always have. The key to a good Dropkick Murphys record is to have a little bit of everything: it makes you want to laugh. It makes you want to cry. It makes you want to punch someone in the face. It makes you want to be happy. We put our hearts and souls into our music. We're very grateful that people respond."
So, there you have it: another chapter of Dropkick Murphys legacy stands before you -- SIGNED and SEALED in BLOOD.