The Gang’s All Here
The Dropkick Murphy’s play punk rock the way it oughtta be — loud and hard with a liberal dash of Oi! over the top. Tracks like “Pipebomb on Landsdowne,” “Devil’s Brigade,” “Going Strong,” and especially “10 Years of Service” (which sounds like Dickey Barrett fronting Rancid in their punkest mood) are so anthemic, you’ll soon find yourself shouting along and ready to run riot in the streets! The band shows its justifiable pride in its working class roots on tracks like “Curse of a Fallen Soul” and “Boston Asphalt,” and in its ethnic heritage with traditional favorites like “The Fighting 69th” and a bagpipes-and-guitars rendition of “Amazing Grace,” and with traditional instrumentation, including a fiddle line on “Wheel of Misfortune” and the title track. Overall, though, it’s the sheer energy that keeps me coming back for more — this record hits you like an adrenaline shot to the heart! The Gang’s All Here , and if you like foot-stomping, rabble rousing, classic-sounding punk, you damn well should be, too!
Hellcat Records, 2798 Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90026; http://www.hell-cat.com