Much of the band's latest music directly addresses the causes closest to them including the rampant opioid epidemic ravaging New England and the recent presidential election
Dropkicks Murphys are a rare breed. Boston’s pride, the Celtic punk
rockers are kicking off their third decade as a band, with their famous
flame of passion showing no sign of dwindling to a flicker. It’s burning
more fiercely than ever, frontman Al Barr and guitarist Tim Brennan
tell me, as we slump into leather sofas surrounded by guitars in
London’s Gibson Studios.
It’s impossible to separate this six-piece from their fans, so much
so that new song “Blood” from their upcoming ninth album 11 Short
Stories of Pain and Glory is a homage to the mutual respect and
dedication they share. Unlike many contemporary bands, the Dropkicks do
not rely on radio airplay to get their music heard. They have shifted
over four million albums globally, fan favorite “Rose Tattoo” has
racked up over 24 million hits on YouTube, and they are regularly
drowned out on tour by crowds singing along to songs that have never
been officially released.
Half a century of repressive military rule virtually silenced Myanmar’s heavy metal scene, but a growing coterie of die-hard metal-heads say the aggressive, rasping music gives them a unique release in a nation still struggling to come to terms with its own dark history
A young head banger displays his tattoos last month at a heavy metal gig in Yangon.
Half a century of repressive military rule virtually silenced Myanmar’s heavy metal scene and today its musicians are still shunned by most people in the conservative Buddhist country.
But a growing coterie of die-hard metal-heads say the aggressive, rasping music gives them a unique release in a nation still struggling to come to terms with its own dark history.
“Listening to metal is the fucking best feeling. It is like freedom, it’s good for the soul,” 21-year-old mobile phone repairman Thaw Di Yoo told AFP at a recent gig.
“It’s different from other music, that’s why I am only a fan of metal,” he said, showing a tattoo depicting the logo of his local heroes — Nightmare Metal Band — on his arm.