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Dropkick Murphys: 11 Short Stories of Pain & Glory

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Label: Born & Bred Records
Released: 2017.01.06
Category: Celtic Punk, Folk Punk
Producer(s): Ted Hutt
Media type: CD
Web address: www.dropkickmurphys.com
Appears with:
Purchase date: 2017
Price in €: 1,00

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[1] The Lonesome Boatman (F.Furey) - 2:42
[2] Rebels with a Cause (A.Barr/T.Brennan/K.Casey/J.Darosa/M.Kelly/J.Lynch) - 3:00
[3] Blood (A.Barr/T.Brennan/K.Casey/J.Darosa/M.Kelly/J.Lynch) - 4:01
[4] Sandlot (A.Barr/T.Brennan/K.Casey/J.Darosa/M.Kelly/J.Lynch) - 3:44
[5] First Class Loser (A.Barr/T.Brennan/K.Casey/J.Darosa/M.Kelly/J.Lynch) - 2:55
[6] Paying My Way (A.Barr/T.Brennan/K.Casey/J.Darosa/M.Kelly/J.Lynch) - 3:54
[7] I Had a Hat (J.Mooney) - 3:02
[8] Kicked to the Curb (A.Barr/T.Brennan/K.Casey/J.Darosa/M.Kelly/J.Lynch) - 3:26
[9] You'll Never Walk Alone (R.Rodgers/O.Hammerstein) - 3:22
[10] 4-15-13 (A.Barr/T.Brennan/K.Casey/J.Darosa/M.Kelly/J.Lynch) - 4:47
[11] Until the Next Time (B.Parker/H.Charles) - 3:47

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Al Barr - Lead Vocals
Tim Brennan - Guitars, Accordion, Mellotron, Tin Whistle, Vocals
Ken Casey - Lead Vocals, Bass Guitar
Jeff Darosa - Banjo, Bouzouki, Mandolin, Harmonica, Acoustic Guitars, Vocals
Matt Kelly - Drums, Percussion, Vocals
James Lynch - Guitars, Vocals

Ted Hutt - Percussion, Producer, Mixing, Backing Vocals
Lee Forshner - Bagpipes on [3,9,11]

Anthony Dooley - Backing Vocals
Paul Dooley - Backing Vocals
George Brenner - Backing Vocals
Larry Regan - Backing Vocals
Sandra Soures - Backing Vocals
Mike Bloom - Backing Vocals
Katelyn Sullivan - Backing Vocals
Quinn Smith - Backing Vocals
Jesse Ahern - Backing Vocals
Jon Marcantonio - Backing Vocals
Bryan Hinkley - Backing Vocals
Jay Cannava - Backing Vocals
Pete Robertson - Backing Vocals
Jimmy Stebar - Backing Vocals

Ryan Mall - Engineer
Charles Godfrey - Assistant Engineer
Griffin Bach - Assistant Engineer, Backing Vocals
Joe Laporta - Mastering
Jason Lowery - Front& Back Cover Design
Forefathers - Package Layout
Tobias Sutter - Photography
Jeff Castelaz - Management

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Recorded in 2016 at El Paso, TX.

On Dropkick Murphys' ninth full-length, 11 Short Stories of Pain & Glory, the Boston staples smooth their edges with some restraint, delivering triumphant anthems and some surprisingly heartfelt expressions. At this point in their careers, the boys are experts at what they do: Pogues-meets-Rancid singalongs for working-class Southie rabble to soundtrack evenings of booze-soaked revelry and camaraderie. They do not disappoint on 11 Short Stories. In fact, this release ends up being the most stylistically varied - as far as Dropkick goes - of their catalog. It is less rollicking and ferocious than prior albums - the hilarious barroom-brawl tune "I Had a Hat" is the closest they come to old-school off-the-wall nostalgia - a tone shift that is understandable considering their collective ages and elder status as Boston's favorite house band. Classic rock nods provide comforting familiarity - a "We Will Rock You" Queen-stomp buffers "Paying My Way," while the proletarian spirit of Springsteen drifts through the entire set - plugging Dropkick into an adjacent genre that might hint at the future trajectory for the band. Their Celtic roots still dig deep and provide the most emotional depth on the LP. Opener "The Lonesome Boatman" is a powerfully rousing start, a muscular reimagining of the Fureys' haunting 1969 tin whistle lament. A bagpipe-infused cover of the Carousel tune "You'll Never Walk Alone" is one of a handful of moments dedicated to victims of the opioid crisis and the band's addiction recovery efforts via their Claddagh Fund organization. However, it's the Boston Marathon bombing ode, "4-15-13," that packs the biggest wallop. Whether intentional or not, the song begins with a bittersweet melody that recalls the Titanic theme, tugging the heartstrings before Al Barr even starts singing. Not only a memorial to the late Krystle Campbell, Martin Richard, Lu Lingzi, and Sean Collier - as well as the hundreds maimed and injured that day - "4-15-13" is a cathartic, healing gift to the entire city of Boston. On the 11th and final "story," "Until the Next Time," the band bid listeners a touching goodbye and goodnight with a perfectly crafted theme song for every last call (or concert encore) in Boston from now until the end of time. These 11 Short Stories of Pain & Glory are deliberate in their intent - uplifting numbers for swaying shoulder-to-shoulder with friends before emptying out of the bars onto the dark concrete of Lansdowne on a Friday (or Wednesday) night.

Neil Z. Yeung - All Music Guide

11 Short Stories of Pain & Glory is the ninth studio album by American band Dropkick Murphys and was released on January 6, 2017, on the band's Born & Bred Records label. It is the band's first studio album in four years since 2013's Signed and Sealed in Blood.[1] The album was announced on November 3, 2016, and a video for the song "Blood" was released on the same day. "You'll Never Walk Alone" and "Paying My Way", which also had a music video, followed as singles. All three songs were given away as digital downloads to people who pre-ordered the album. The album is also the first since 2003's Blackout to not feature bagpipe player Scruffy Wallace who left the band in 2015. While not an official member, Lee Forshner plays bagpipes on the album and also serves as the band's touring bagpipe player.

In May 2016, the band started posting videos from the recording the album in El Paso, Texas which they said expected to have released by the end of the year or early 2017. "To me, the whole journey starts with the fact we actually agreed to go - and then went - to Texas. Because we've never left home to make a record. As everyone's lives have become crazier and busier with kids and families, it's gotten harder to buckle down at home. We decided to leave Boston, go down to literally the middle of nowhere and lock ourselves in a room" Ken Casey said.

The album was influenced the band's 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. "Rebels with a Cause" was written about kids who are given up on, and left behind by a system that has written them off as hopeless. "Paying My Way" is about the way up and out of addiction and the dream of bigger and better things in life. "4-15-13" pays homage to the victims of the Boston Marathon Bombing, most of whom the band grew to know personally after visits to their hospital rooms in the aftermath. "Since that day, we felt like not taking the challenge to write a song about what we all went through would be taking the coward’s way out. We put more importance on writing that piece of music than anything we’ve ever done, because if you're going to touch that day, it has to be done right. We went through so many emotions with that whole experience, as did everyone in Boston. It changed the city forever," Casey said. Tim Brennan said of the album "we've stayed true to what the band is and has always been. And we're still expanding on our sound and lyrical content."

In a December 2, 2016 video, Ken Casey discussed the reasons behind the band covering "You'll Never Walk Alone". "As you may know, opiate overdoses are an epidemic in America now particularly in this area. I've been to thirty wakes in two years, three this week, one being my cousin, Al's lost a brother in law. It's hit home close to us. I was leaving one of the wakes and this song came on and as I was listening to the lyrics it summed up exactly how I was feeling. Sad but knowing there is hope. You never have to be alone. I hope you like our version" Casey said.


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