Artist of the Day: Dropkick Murphys

Today’s artist of the day comes from the rough streets of Boston, Massachusetts. It’s the Irish-American Celtic punk rock band, the Dropkick Murphys.

The Dropkick Murphys are a punk band from Boston. They are well known for their mix of punk/rock, oi and Celtic in their song. The band was create in 1995. Since that time, many members have come and gone. The band’s first album was Do Or Die. Do or Die was produced by Lars Frederiksen from Rancid.

After this album, Mike McColgan left the band. Al Barr join the band to replaced him as lead vocalist. They then recorded their second album, which is considered by many to be the Dropkick Murphys’ best, Gang’s All Here. Then, the band that was composed of five members extended to a 7 members band. First, Mark Orrell join the band to replace Rick Barton that was leaving the band to getting married. James Lynch (guitar), Spicy McHaggis (bagpipes), and Ryan Foltz (mandolin) also join the band.

The the band recorded their third album in 2001 which is Sing Loud Sing Proud . Then, their fourth album Blackout was released in 2003. In 2004 they recorded a EP called Tessie. 2005 brought us The Warriors Code.

In 2006 the band released The Meanest of Times. It debuted at No. 20 in the U.S., and is their highest chart debut to date. The band released their seventh studio album, Going Out In Style in March of 2011. The album is the highest chart position ever for the Dropkick Murphys, debuting at number six on the Billboard album charts.

Signed and Sealed in Blood which was released in January of 2013, debuted at number nine on the Billboard album charts, the second highest debut for the band.

The Dropkick Murphys currently consist of Al Barr, James Lynch, Tim Brennan, Ken Casey, Matt Kelly, Scruffy Wallace, Jeff DaRosa. The band mixes several different genres of music: Celtic punk, Oi!, punk, Celtic rock, and hardcore punk.

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