Dropkick Murphys formed in 1996 in Boston, MA. The band was originally just a bunch of friends looking to play music for fun. They started playing in the basement of a friend's barbershop and their goal was to blend the musical influences they had grown up with (Punk Rock, Irish Folk, Rock, and Hardcore) into one loud, raucus, chaotic, and often out of tune mix that we could call their own.To their  surprise people seemed to liked it and they began to record music and tour constantly. To date they  have released over ten singles, one EP CD, and two Full Length albums (with two more coming in 2000) and have had the good fortune of being able to play across a large portion of the world. They are truely grateful to the many friends and bands that have helped them out and supported them along the way in the US, Canada, Europe, U.K. Ireland, Scandanavia, and Australia as well as the many countries they look foward to playing in the next century. The bands' main goal is to play music that creates an all for one, one for all environment where everyone is encouraged to participate, sing along, and hopefully have a good time. In the true spirit of punk rock they view the band and the audience as one in the same; in other words their stage and their microphone are yours. In addition to hopefully bringing people together for a good time, they  hope to share some of our experiences and beliefs in working class solidarity, friendship, loyalty and self- improvement as a means to bettering society (i.e. You can preach till you're blue in the face but if you're lying in the gutter no one's gonna listen. If you pick yourself up by the bootstraps and live your life to the best of your ability you may set an example that others will follow).

MEMBERS: Al Barr (vocals), James Lynch (quitar), Ken Casey (bass), Matt Kelly (drums), Spicey McHaggis (bagpipes), Ryan Foltz (mandolin, tin whistle), Marc Orrell (quitar, accordian)

STYLE: Punk Revival, Irish Folk, Boston Punk, Alternative Pop/Rock

SIMILAR ARTISTS: Anti-Flag, New Bomb Turks, Offspring, Rancid, Pennywise, NOFX, Lars Frederiksen, Turbo, Tossers

INFLUENCES: Social Distortion, The Circle Jerks, 7 Seconds, Dag Nasty

FULL ALBUMS: Do or Die (1997), The Gang´s All Here (1999), The Early Years - Underpaid & Out Of Tune (2000), Mob Mentality (2000), Sing Loud, Sing Proud (2000), Live On St.Patrick Day (2002), Blackout (2003) 

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      DO OR DIE (****)         review

 

     THE GANG´S ALL HERE (****)         review

 

    SIGN LOUD, SIGN PROUD (***)      review

 

   THE EARLY YEARS - UNDERPAID & OUT OF TUNE (**)      review

 

 

    LIVE ON ST. PATRICK´S DAY (****/*)       review

 

    BLACKOUT (*****)    review