The boys are back! Dropkick Murphys are on their way back to Arizona with their brothers in arms, Rancid. On their From Boston To Berkeley Tour, which started July 27th, the two titans of punk co-headline a show that is bound to burned into your retinas for years to come. It’s been almost a year since Dropkick Murphys has been in Arizona. To see them touring with the band that gave them their break, it will be a true sight to see with unimaginable force. Dropkick Murphys and Rancid will be performing at the Rawhide Event Center in Chandler, AZ on August 22nd, 2017 with the Selecter and Kevin Seconds (7seconds). Tickets are still on sale and you can purchase yours here.
For those who don’t know, here’s how the story goes. Back in 1997, Lars Frederiksen (Guitar/Backing Vocals of Rancid), stumbled across Dropkick original EP at a friend’s house. Lars handed the EP over to bandmate and president of Hellcat Records, Tim Armstrong (Guitar/Vocals of Rancid). From there, the rest is history. Dropkick Murphys were signed to Hellcat Records and Lars produced their early albums. Now it’s twenty years later and the boys of Dropkick Murphys are still going strong with their latest album, 11 Short Stories of Pain & Glory, on their own label: Born & Bred Records. You can check out the band’s latest video for the song off the album, “Until the Next Time.”
According to Matt Kelly (Drummer of Dropkick Murphys), “Until the Next Time” is “a song about having to put the good times on hold temporarily. We were glad to come, so sad to go, so while we’re here we’ll have us a real good time! See you out on the ice!”
After listening to the album for myself, it doesn’t have the same raucous energy as previous albums. 11 Short Stories of Pain & Glory is a somber experience. Dropkick Murphys drive home the struggle of life with the satisfaction of surviving. With the knowledge of the bands work with the Claddagh Fund, a charity the band established in 2009 to help support addiction recovery as well as children’s and veterans’ organizations, I can feel the influence. Dropkick Murphys are hands-on in raising funds, mentoring, and lending a helping hand with veterans, youth sports, and drug and alcohol rehabilitation. The pain and glory of helping and pushing beyond challenges rings true in the album. So, while the boisterous party of previous Dropkick Murphy albums is missed, 11 Short Stories of Pain & Glory is its own motivating force that stands on its own. The album debuted at #8 on the Billboard Top 200 and was the #1 independently released album.