Pulse Shots | August 2015
Boston-based rock band The Dropkick Murphys are excited to release their new studio album Signed and Sealed In Blood, out 1/8/13 via Born and Bred Records. The album is their second with producer Ted Hutt (Gaslight Anthem, Old Crow Medicine Show) and was recorded at Boston’s Q Division studios and mixed by Joe Chiccarelli (The White Stripes). “We had such a great time writing our last album, Going Out In Style, we were excited to get back into the studio right away,” says bassist and co-lead singer Ken Casey. Where Going Out in Style was a concept album-kind of intricate and difficult-this one is catchy, fun, and as sing-along as can be.”
Signed and Sealed In Blood is taking the band, over a decade into their career, to places they’ve never been before. Their holiday song “The Season’s Upon Us” saw the band breaking through Modern Rock radio, charting higher than ever been before. The band is featured in the current issue of Billboard Magazine and on New Year’s Day was featured on NPR’s prestigious “All Things Considered” (www.npr.org/2013/01/01/168406178/the-dropkick-murphys-a-rose-tattoo-tells-a-life-story). Also, Ken Casey has been invited by Bruce Springsteen to sing a song in his MusiCares tribute concert during GRAMMY week, all in advance of the release of the album’s first proper single, the take-no-prisoners, made-for-the-sports-arena anthem “The Boys Are Back.”
Dropkick Murphys will be supporting the new album with their 2013 “St. Patrick’s Day Tour” which will begin on February 21 in Cleveland, OH and conclude with three dates in Boston ~ these hometown dates including the fulfillment of the band’s career-long dream of headlining the Boston Garden, now known as TD Garden, on March 15. The Garden show will be billed as “Dropkick Murphys’ Irish Festival,” with bands and attractions on two stages. The entire tour will have an epic finale on St. Patrick’s Day (March 17) at The House of Blues on Boston’s famed Lansdowne Street.
Dropkick Murphys are: Al Barr (lead vocals), Tim Brennan (guitars, accordion, whistle, vocals), Ken Casey (lead vocals, bass guitar), Jeff DaRosa (banjo, bouzouki, mandolin, harmonica, vocals), Matt Kelly (drums, vocals), James Lynch (guitar, vocals), andScruffy Wallace (bagpipes, tin whistles).
Local St. Patrick’s Day Tour Dates
Fri/Mar-15 ~ Boston, MA @ TD Garden
Sat/Mar-16 ~ Boston, MA @ Brighton Music Hall
Sun/Mar-17 ~ Boston, MA @ House of Blues
Purchase the deluxe version of Signed and Sealed In Blood today on iTunes.
The record is also available in Target stores for only $7.99 through release week.
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Special thanks to Jim Merlis and Tim Hrycyshyn