Swedish trio Peter Bjorn and John release their sixth studio album Gimme More on March 28th via Cooking Vinyl.
‘‘Breaker Breaker’ is the lead single and, at 98 seconds in length, it’s a brief yet succinct slice of pulse racing indie-rock. With frantic, high speed performance footage the video fuels the gumptious energy of the song’. ( STATE.IE )Get it free from their website.
RETURN FEBRUARY 25th WITH NEW ALBUM
EUROPEAN SHOWS IN APRIL AND AUGUST
Dropkick Murphys will release their seventh full-length studio album, Going Out In Style, March 1, 2011 on their own Born & Bred Records (ILG) (Feb 25th in Ireland and Feb 28th in Uk). Produced by Ted Hutt, Going Out In Style features the group’s signature blend of punk rock energy, folk soul, Irish spirit and American rock ‘n roll on tracks like “Memorial Day” (streaming now at www.RollingStone.com), “Going Out In Style,” “The Hardest Mile,” “Cruel,” “Climbing A Chair To Bed,” and a rousing rendition of “Peg O’ My Heart” with guest vocals by Bruce Springsteen.
On Going Out In Style, Dropkick Murphys throw a 45 minute, 49 second party to end all parties, all the while reveling in the Irish tradition of telling tales of triumph, tragedy and celebration through music. The band revives the art of the album as a cohesive whole on this raucous and rollicking romp overflowing with punk rock energy, folk soul, and rebellious spirit. Dropkick Murphys deliver one anthem after another. “Hang ‘Em High” ignites the album with a gang chant into a unforgettable bagpipe laden riff, driving guitars and big drums. Nodding to AC/DC while infusing flourishes of Celtic soul, “Hang ‘Em High” is the ultimate battle cry. Then there’s “Take ‘Em Down,” which continues to display the band’s social consciousness and their unwavering support for organized labor. On songs such as “Broken Hymns” and “Cruel” the band explores new territory, incorporating a myriad of sounds and textures with arena-ready drum beats, diverse instrumentation and epic refrains.
Fans will get a taste of the new music before it’s released when Dropkick Murphys–Ken Casey (lead vocals, bass guitar), Al Barr (lead vocals), Matt Kelly (drums, vocals), James Lynch (guitar, vocals), Tim Brennan (guitars, accordion, whistle, vocals), Jeff DaRosa (banjo, bouzouki, mandolin, harmonica, vocals) and Scruffy Wallace (bagpipes)–hit the road February 23 for their annual St. Patrick’s Day U.S. tour. The trek, featuring Against Me! as support on most dates, will wind up in Boston for the band’s run of St. Patty’s Day week hometown gigs. Also look for the Murphys to tour Europe in April and August, with additional U.S. dates planned for May and June.
Going Out In Style continues in the great storytelling tradition. Through song, story or play, the music often inspires the author–as in James Joyce’s final work Finnegan’s Wake, based on an 1850s music hall ballad of the same name–and sometimes the story inspires the song. These songs take the band’s own personal experiences and family folklore and roll them into the story of one fictional character, Cornelius Larkin. Fueled by fiery riffs and unforgettable choruses, Going Out In Style traces the journey of Larkin, whether it’s the Irish immigrant’s first person account of his own wake or the band’s in depth interpretation of his life and lineage throughout the album’s lyrics. Casey reveals, “Cornelius has passed on to the other side, and the album becomes a retrospective of his life. He’s one of those guys who immigrated to America at 16, got drafted into the Korean War, married young, had lots of kids, worked hard, and lived a full life rife with different characters, ups and downs, and trials and tribulations. Some of the stories are fictional, but most are odes to our grandparents, friends, and loved ones.”
The album’s title track gave birth to Cornelius. It’s a rousing celebratory anthem complete with guest vocals by NOFX’s Fat Mike, The Living End’s Chris Cheney and Rescue Me mainstay, actor/comedian Lenny Clarke. “Going Out In Style” roars with a gang-style refrain and simultaneously heartfelt and hilarious lyrics. “We all have this romantic idea that our death will be like an international day of mourning, but that’s not going to happen,” chuckles Barr. “The song has two sides. There’s a serious side recounting this Larkin’s life, and then there are all of these fun parts about various women and characters.”
For Going Out In Style, Dropkick Murphys even enlisted the vocal talents of the legendary Bruce Springsteen–whom they first met at a DKM gig in New York and later collaborated with onstage at one of Springsteen’s Boston shows. Springsteen swaps verses with Casey for a spirited take on the old standard “Peg O’ My Heart.” “It has a classic old fifties rock and roll feel,” says Casey. “Both of my grandmothers are named Peg. One grandmother, Peg Casey, is always saying, ‘When are you going to do that song? Your grandfather always sang it to me!’ The time signature changed, so hopefully they still appreciate it when they hear it.”
The collaboration is a perfect intergenerational bridge for fans and band alike. Dropkick Murphys have always strongly resonated with audiences young and old due to their working class ethos and cathartic sonic revelry. “It links two generations,” says Casey. “We’re spanning a lot of years of music here, yet our songs share similar themes, stories, and values.”
Another song that ties together the story of Cornelius and resonates with a larger audience is the powerful and poignant first single, “Memorial Day.” Barrsays, “It’s a song that honors our grandparents’ generation as well as Cornelius himself. There was something amazing about that time. They struggled through all kinds of adversity, and it’s inspiring.”
The tale of Cornelius doesn’t end with Going Out In Style. In order to round the story out, the band called on their friend, best-selling author Michael Patrick MacDonald (All Souls, Easter Rising). MacDonald wrote an eloquent obituary for Cornelius Larkin in the album’s liner notes, along with the beginnings of a more extensive narrative about the album’s main character for listeners to delve into. MacDonald became immensely engrossed in the character’s development, particularly as Cornelius began to take on elements of MacDonald’s own family history. At that point, the story grew into a much longer saga that will be available on the band’s website in conjunction with the album release–and the story could evolve into a book sometime in 2011.
“Collaborating with the Dropkick Murphys is, for me, a family affair,” says MacDonald. “Cornelius Larkin represents all that we come from. And this story is about embracing the good, the bad, the ugly and beautiful that we all come from; ultimately learning to work with ALL of it. Past is truly prelude…”
Casey elaborates, “I wrote an outline which began leading to songs. At the same time, I wanted the obituary to have that author’s flair, a little more description, a more detailed narrative, and a deeper story. Michael listened to the songs we’d written, and he fleshed out the story and really put a name and a face on the character. It’s a new approach and a unique partnership, especially in this day and age. The songs inspire the story, and the story inspires the songs. It’s a deep record, and it celebrates a life.”
Going Out In Style signals the beginning of another chapter in Dropkick Murphys’ own story. Barr explains, “I hope fans can listen to Going Out In Style with the same excitement we have. It’s all about family and friends for us. No bullshit…we don’t like to convolute things. That translates to the music, and the fans appreciate it. It’s a beautiful thing, and I can’t wait to introduce Cornelius Larkin to the world.”
The full track listing for Going Out In Style is as follows:
Catch Dropkick Murphys on tour in the following cities:
Friday, April 15 Strasbourg, France Artefact Festival
Saturday, April 16 Bielefeld, Germany Ringlokschuppen
Sunday, April 17 Lund, Sweden Färs & Frosta Sparbank Arena
Monday, April 18 Oslo, Norway Spektrum
Tuesday, April 19 Stockholm, Sweden Arenan
Thursday, April 21 Erfurt, Germany Thuringen Hall
Friday, April 22 Zurich, Switzerland Give It A Name Festival
Saturday, April 23 Meerhout, Belgium Groezrock
Sunday, April 24 Schjindel, The Netherlands Paaspop
Monday, April 25 München, Germany Zenith
Tuesday, April 26 Milan, Italy Loud And Proud Festival at Alcatraz
Thursday, April 28 Barcelona, Spain Sala Razzmatazz 1
Friday, April 29 Madrid, Spain Sala Riviera
Saturday, April 30 Bilbao, Spain Sala Rockstar
Friday, August 12 Püttlingen, Germany Rocco Del Schlacko
Saturday, August 13 Eschwege, Germany Open Flair
Sunday, August 14 Rothenburg, Germany Taubertal
Saturday, August 20 Lüdinghausen, Germany Area 4
Sunday, August 21 Großpösna, Germany Highfield
Irish PR contact: Linda Coogan Byrne @ 0851659065 or email@example.com
DOES IT OFFEND YOU, YEAH?
DIOYY return with the first great album of 2011 with the release of
“DON’T SAY WE DIDN’T WARN YOU” March 11TH (IN IRELAND & 14th IN UK) on Cooking Vinyl
Does it Offend You Yeah are set to release their second full-length studio album, ‘Don’t Say We Didn’t Warn You’ on March 11th on Cooking Vinyl.
‘Don’t Say We Didn’t Warn You’, is an album that surprises and astounds at every turn; unpredictability is king, no barrier is left un-demolished. It’s a spectacular rebirth, a breaking out of boxes.
It is the follow up to 2008’s ‘You Have Know Idea What You’re Getting Yourself Into’, an album that was too spikey-around-the-edges to fit into any genre and saw the band confounding expectations at every turn. But DIOY,Y? blew up big, making a huge impact on the gig scene with their incendiary live performances, remixing everyone from Muse to Bloc Party to The White Stripes, and damn near breaking America, going on missions of electro conversion across North America in support of The Prodigy, Nine Inch Nails and Linkin Park and their own sold-out headline tour.
Their new album, ‘Don’t Say We Didn’t Warn You’ is compiled from the “million” songs that DIOY,Y? self-recorded – over six months in a tiny studio in Reading towards the end of 2009 and in piecemeal bedroom’n’kitchen sessions throughout 2010.
“Don’t Say We Didn’t Warn You” opens with the resurrection march of ‘We Are The Dead’, a zombie barn-dance interspersed with 60s-psych acoustic interludes and is currently available as free download online. “It’s about reincarnation and regeneration,” grins frontman, James Rushent “Coming back from the dead that’s why we picked it as our first free giveaway, to say we’re still alive.”
The anarcho-Prodigy ‘The Wrestler (This Is The Dance)’ includes a sample from 1999 wrestling movie Beyond The Mat which summed up the band’s feelings: “we’re too extreme, we’re too wild, we’re too out of control… fuck you you’re wrong! Fuck you, we’re right!”. The fantastic electro-pop ‘Pull Out My Insides’ (“Stay with me while I make mistakes”) is an attack on the soulful-yet-soulless mainstream pap, riddled with fantasies about their mass cultural cull at the hands of the righteous underground. A cull forseen in ‘The Monkeys Are Coming’, a real rave-rock shit-flinger that resets the spring-loaded spike trap at the heart of DIOY,Y? and asserts their position as the prickliest tech-rock punks on the planet.
“The monkeys represent art in its true form, just fucking mess,” says James. “I think it’s about time we have a fucking mess. We were a year and a half ago in the studio, going ‘fuck them, fuck her, fuck him’. We want to perform music that, if we heard it, we’d go ‘oh, who’s that?’ rather than ‘here’s another fucking 60s soul artist’. It was stressful, panicky and hard work. It’s the nature of how we work, it’s like trying to put a jigsaw together where you don’t know what the picture is at the end. I feel like we’ve come across the finish line with our pants hanging halfway down our legs.”
But what a triumphant finish. Fusing their original concoction of Justice, Metronomy and Prodigy with a new sense of stylistic adventure and synthetic violence all their own, ‘Don’t Say We Didn’t Warn You’ promises to be one of 2011’s most visceral and inventive – yet surprisingly accessible – assaults on the senses. When it’s not delving into Soviet squelches, Billy Holiday-esque vocal samples and grime raps courtesy of educated battler Trip on ‘Wondering’, it’s recreating the Blade Runner soundtrack on ‘The Knife’, or coming on like a meta-Muse on ‘John Hurt’ – so named because the legendary actor was due to feature on the track, until the band’s ex-manager missed his ‘window’.
Acoustic guitar segments drop unexpectedly out of hardcore techno thrashes. Zulu chants weave around cartoon monster glam stomps. ‘Don’t Say We Didn’t Warn You’ surprises and astounds at every turn; unpredictability is king, no barrier is left un-demolished. It’s a spectacular rebirth, a breaking out of boxes, as evinced by the two tracks which bookend it. At the far end you have the devastating ‘Broken Arms’, a virtually synth-free suicide ballad redolent of Radiohead’s ‘Motion Picture Soundtrack’, the first song written for the album in an attempt to do “something completely different”.
And how. Finally free of their major label shackles , DIOY,Y? couldn’t feel more unleashed, in control, reanimated. They’re one of the few bands around today who feel capable of anything, restrained by no-one and thrilled to be beating at the boundaries of their own possibilities.
“This is our break-out album,” says Dan. “It has got balls-out angry stuff and serene melancholic, quite depressing stuff as well. We’d rather show all our hands like that rather than write a whole album that sounds the same.”
A good plan, since this is hair-raising stuff: a laser blast from the underground, future rock rebels running riot. Don’t say they didn’t warn you…
DON’T SAY WE DIDN’T WARN YOU
Mighty stuff: on the Rte playlist this week we have: Acoustra, Carosel ,Stephen Young & The Union & Gentry Morris !! Fair play to all at RTE Radio1 who support new Irish Music ( Special thanks to Aidan Butler )
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FOR IMMEDIATE PRESS:
As a result of the Top Five Chart success of Red Cortina Acapella by The Saw Doctors, Smyths Toys, who sponsored the charity single, have donated €10,000 Euro to the Society of St. Vincent de Paul.
In a novel fundraising scheme, Smyths Toys partnered with The Saw Doctors for the charity release of Red Cortina whereby the Galway company agreed to donate €1 to St. Vincent de Paul for every download of Red Cortina Acapella from iTunes throughout December.
The acapella version of Red Cortina by The Saw Doctors was No. 1 on iTunes Ireland for four days in early December and made it to Number 4 in the official Irish Charts on December 10. Today FM and RTE Radio 1 playlisted the song for three weeks over the Christmas Period along with regional radio around Ireland.
Last week, Red Cortina was included in the Top 100 songs for 2010 as chosen by Today FM.
The formal presentation of the €10,000 Cheque by Jamie Darby, Marketing Manager of Smyths Toys, to Val McNicholas, Area President of St. Vincent de Paul, Galway took place last Friday afternoon at
the Smyths Toys Store on the Headford Road. Leo Moran and Davy Carton of The Saw Doctors attended the cheque presentation on behalf of the Tuam band.
Reg Gordon took some pictures of the cheque presentation on behalf of The Saw Doctors. See attached and below Jpeg Images of Reg Gordon’s photos.
The full list of people at the cheque presentation were as follows:
Henry Geraghty, St. Vincent de Paul
Val McNicholas, Area President, St. Vincent de Paul, Galway
Jamie Darby, Marketing Manager, Smyths Toys
Leo Moran and Davy Carton of The Saw Doctors
Next week, The Saw Doctors will travel to the USA at the invitation of the Governor of Maryland, Martin O’Malley, to headline his Inaugural Ball in Baltimore MD on Wednesday January 19. Governor O’Malley
who was re-elected for a second term last November, is a huge fan of The Saw Doctors and lists Green and Red of Mayo by the band as one of his favourite songs.
“…Nothing is destroyed, everything is transformed.”
The four members of the Garrett Wall Band will be known from 2011 onwards as….
There are four honorary Madrileños that comprise TRACK DOGS (the formerly known Garrett Wall Band): who were formed in Autumn of 2006. In 2007, they released their first album, Sky Pointing. Recorded live, over three days in PKO Studios with the production of Fernando Montesinos. The project was then mixed in Nashville by David Ferguson (known for his work with Rick Rubin on recordings of U2, Jacob Dylan and the American Recordings of Johnny Cash).
It was this first CD that marked a point of depar ture for future recordings: a clean and powerful acoustic concept in which each of the four mem bers – Garrett Wall (guitar/piano/voice), Howard Brown (trumpet/voice), Robbie K. Jones (cajón) and Dave Mooney (bass/doublebass) – form a cornerstone in the foundation of the group’s sound. The band as a whole, capture a sound that is very much their own: an international reaching band with roots in Madrid. While the four members are from Ireland, the UK and the USA, and Garrett’s lyrics are in English. Their second album Hands & Imperfections was released in Ireland in February 2010 and has seen two singles playlisted on RTE Radio 1.
Being a viably successful touring band, they have also followed a similar route to their counterparts in getting their music onto TV & Film. Frontman Wall, recently sang on the soundtrack to the movie “Buried” starring Ryan Reynolds and has worked on over 150 ad campaigns in Spain, as both singer and lyricist, including one for Coca Cola (which went out to 90 countries). They have also placed music in various movies last year including “The Symmetry Of Love” and “First Dog” and Wall is also a featured vocalist on Spanish animated hit “Pocoyo”. Currently working away in Serenity Studios, Madrid on their third studio album – the first release under the new name, TRACK DOGS.
Why the change?
The GWB feel they have moved on from being a singer-songwriter + band to become Track Dogs, a group whose four years working together from their base in Madrid, has lead them to developing a very distinctive and unique sound where each element is as important as the other but overall being much more than the sum of the parts.
Four part harmonies have become the order of the day in many of the new songs and the new album sees first time compositions from Robbie, Dave and Howard. Garrett is still the main songwriter in the band and they continue to use their highly distinctive logo of the 4 instruments.
2011 will see the Track Dogs release their single “Move A Mountain” in early February to be followed by the album in March. The new year will also see them embark on a highly ambitious tour of all 52 provinces and autonomous regions of Spain plus a trip to the US for their first series of dates their in support of their debut album “Sky Pointing” which was released in October on NY label Cosmic Trigger.
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