Dropkick Murphys will release The Meanest Of Times September 18th on their own label, Born & Bred Records in association with Warner Music Group's Independent Label Group.
Dropkick Murphys come out swinging with their 6th studio album The Meanest Of Times a collection of tales about family, loyalty and remembering where you came from. The Meanest Of Times contains all the best elements of the DKM sound: a complex distillation of classic punk rock, Celtic folk and American rock'n'roll, this album puts the band's diversity, intensity and sincerity on full display. The album features guest appearances by Spider Stacey of The Pogues and Ronnie Drew of The Dubliners. TMoT was recorded at The Outpost in Stoughton, MA and produced by the Dropkick Murphys. The guest vocals were recorded at Westland Studios in Dublin by Dave Slevin.
The last Dropkick Murphys studio album The Warrior's Code has shipped over 200,000 copies and the band has a catalogue history of more than 1.5 million in sales in the US. Consolidating this strong sales history with digital single sales of 250,000 for the track "I'm Shipping Up To Boston" which was the title track in Martin Scorsese's Academy Award winning film "The Departed". Speaking of "The Departed", Cinemax and HBO will be running a feature on the band in August and September respectively to coincide with the movie's TV premiere.
"This year's most exciting movie song? Boston-based punk band Dropkick Murphys' "I'm Shipping Up to Boston". The song has an intensity that embodies the guts and energy of the movie and is another in a long list of music that the director-a renowned music fan-has brilliantly utilized in his work. He's made impeccable choices: the Ronettes in Mean Streets, Bernard Herrmann's Taxi Driver score, the Cavalleria Rusticana Intermezzo in Raging Bull, the Rolling Stones in GoodFellas, Mickey and Sylvia's "Love Is Strange" in Casino, just to name a few. The Dropkick Murphys number, was inspired by an unpublished Woody Guthrie lyric and has a hard-core bagpipe stomp that puts other bands who consider themselves punk rock to shame." Lisa Robinson, Vanity Fair 03/07
"There's a real case to be made for bands like the Dropkick Murphys, bands that keep their focus narrow and do amazing work not in spite of their strict aesthetics but because of them. The Murphys are great because they embrace their chosen path so joyously and wholeheartedly and because they know how to write songs with big hooks, the sort of things that actually make us want to want to scream along. Critics like me have a really easy time writing this stuff off, repping instead for people who try to tell us deep universal truths or who make a big point of leaping genre boundaries and changing their whole shit up on every album. But the Murphys' blare can be as sweeping and universal as anything else if we approach it on its own terms. If it takes a movie like The Departed to remind us of something great that's been under our noses all this time, that's a shame, but I'm glad somebody's doing it."- Tom Breihan, Village Voice 10/13/06
Upcoming Dropkick Murphys Tour Dates:
8/2/07 Wantagh, NY - Mulcahy's w/The Krays, Last Call Brawl
8/3/07 Scranton, PA - Tink's w/The Aggrolites, The Krays
8/4/07 Norfolk, VA - The Norva w/The Aggrolites, The Krays
8/5/07 Charlotte, NC - Amos' Southend w/The Aggrolites, The Krays
8/6/07 Savanna, GA - Malone's w/The Aggrolites, The Krays
8/7/07 Myrtle Beach, SC - House Of Blues w/The Aggrolites, The Krays
8/8/07 Dewey Beach, DE - Bottle and Cork w/The Aggrolites, The Krays
8/9/07 Asbury Park, NJ - Stone Pony Lot
8/10/07 Reading, PA - The Silo w/The Aggrolites, The Krays
8/11/07 Utica, NY - Saranac Brewery w/The Tossers
8/12/07 Canton, MA - Irish Cultural Centre Of New England ICONS Irish Connections Festival
9/20/07 Buffalo, NY - Lafayette Square