Monday, May 29, 2017

2017-05-29 ALBUM REVIEW - THE DRUNKEN LAZY BASTARDS "Born to Be Drunk" (2017)

The Drunken Lazy Bastards "Born to be Drunk"
Release date: March 14, 2017
Running time: 50:58, 13 tracks

The Drunken Lazy Bastards were formed in 2008 only for a St. Patrick’s Day gig in the Paris region. After that show, Max Jouan (guitar, vocals), Louis-Joseph Fournier aka Luigi (flutes, harmonica), Sylvain Jully (accordion) and Jérémy Ducret aka Yeh-Yeh (percussions) decided to follow. So, they worked on a setlist based on songs by The Pogues, Dropkick Murphys , Flogging Molly and The Mahones and traditional stuff from Ireland, Scotland and Brittany. They played the bar circuit for 3 years and the next step was to play their own material. Max, Luigi, Sylvain, Jerémy and Ludivine Houssaye (fiddle) opened for Les Ogres de Barback on March 28, 2012 and it was a successful evening. Then, they recorded a 14 track album titled “Drunk or Alive” and they played big festivals, for instance the Festival Interceltique de Lorient (2013 and 1015) and the Celti’Teuillac (2014). Sylvain moved to the Auvergne region in 2015 and Pamphile joined the band. Ludivine left the band and Nicolas (bass) came in. Therefore, the current line-up is Max (guitar, vocals), Jérémy (drums and percussions), Luigi (flutes and whistles), Pamphile (accordion) and Nicolas (bass).

First of all, one remark. If you are thinking that The Drunken Lazy Bastards are a The Mahones infused band, you’re wrong. The Drunken Lazy Bastards are neither a The Mahones wanabe band, nor a The Mahones tribute band. Celtic punk, country and folk-rock can be found on “Born to Be Drunk”.

Born to Be Drunk” starts off with “Lemmy, Jimmy, Paddy and I”, a tale about 4 guys who go on a spree in Dublin city. Amazing drinking song featuring Caroline Pearsall on fiddle. ”The Mountain” is the next track. The first part reminds me of Uncle Bard & The Dirty Bastards, because of the vocals with the acoustic guitar. But soon the full band moves to the Flogging Molly territory. Caroline also guests on fiddle.

God is a Coward” is an interesting country number with a The Pogues twist showcasing tin whistle and accordion.

The Drunken Lazy Bastards are a versatile band and they are able to deliver an excellent folk-rock song, “The Place Behind the Pines”. Vocals and acoustic guitar give the song an American folk rock atmosphere. And the string quartet is a great addition.

Track no. 5, “A Pair of Blue Eyes” could be a tribute to The Pogues. It has different parts: The main song has a Jamie Clarke’s Perfect approach, the tune fiddle/whistle tune has a Scottish trad folk sound and the final part features a string quartet again.

I Should Have Been an Irish Guy” is the single from the album and a video for this song was released last year. It’s a fantastic fast-paced number about a Frenchman that would like to be Irish. A Plastic Paddy? Maybe, but Saint Patrick’s Day is not mention on the song. “I should have MacGowan’s face but sorry Shane my teeth are still in place”. Patrick Lavallée (The Crook and The Dylan’s) guests on vocals.

As it has been previously said, The Drunken Lazy Bastards are able to stretch the boundaries of the genre. Imagine a blend of Generation X punk rock and Scottish bagpipes rock and you’d get “On the Road Again”. Electric guitar is played by guest Aurélien Turbant. The following number, “Unforgiven”, is an outlaw country featuring Joëlle Nacmias on female vocals and Luigi on harmonica.

Max and the boys come back to the folk-rock sound on “Cursed song”. The vocals and the fiddle have a British sound, but the banjo adds something special. Track no. 10 is titled “The Saint” and it’s one of the standout songs on “Born to be Drunk”. A rocking number with a tight rhythm section and excellent fiddle and whistle tune. Lots of hey shouts and a banjo passage towards the end.

Joëlle Nacmias also guests on female vocals on “Mother and Son”, another country cut featuring banjo and fiddle.

The album is nearly over with “Stone Me”, a folk-rock number. The last song is a catchy drinking song, “Room for One More”. Vocals, low whistle and ukulele at the beginning of the song and then the accordion joins “And we drank, drank whiskey and beer, whiskey by bottles and barrels of beer

Born to Be Drunk” was recorded at Midilive studio in Villetaneuse by Mathieu Bréchet and mixed by Vincent Thermidor at Tourfine studio. Raphaël Jonin mastered the album. The CD comes in a digipack with an 8 track booklet including the lyrics to all of the songs. The digital version is available at the usual online retailers.

Why should you add The Drunken Lazy Bastards Born to Be Drunk” to your CD collection? No covers of standards, but a bunch of great originals; a well-balanced blend of Celtic rock, Celtic punk, country and folk-rock; a top-notch production; and an own sound and identity that makes them different from other French bands and from the heavyweights of the genre. Hats-off!

Track listing:

01 - Lemmy Jimmy Paddy and I 4:09
02 - The Mountain 4:12   
03 - God Is a Coward 4:18   
04 - The Place Behind the Pines 2:56   
05 - A Pair of Blue Eyes - 3:48
06 - I Should've Been an Irish Guy 3:58   
07 - On the Road Again 3:55   
08 - Unforgiven 4:05   
09 - Cursed Song 3:38   
10 - The Saint 3:48   
11 - Mother and Son 3:09   
12 - Stone Me 4:34   
13 - Room for One More 4:23


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Review by Kinksmarkham

Sunday, May 28, 2017


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Saturday, May 27, 2017

2017-05-27 FREE DOWNLOAD - MEDUSA'S WAKE "Ringtail Session" (2017)

More free stuff recorded by Medusa's Wake, the band from Sydney: "Ringtail Session"

Ringtail session (Sunday 7​.​5​.​17)    
1. Tilly Devine 05:34   
2. Come Away With Me 03:42   
3. Greenland Whale Fisheries 02:45   
4. Irish Skies 04:26   
5. Wild Rover 03:36


Thursday, May 25, 2017

2017-05-25 VIDEOS - 13KRAUSS, LÁD CÚIG (2)

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Tuesday, May 23, 2017

2017-05-23 ALBUM REVIEW - POTATOE FAMINE "Drink the Pub Dry" (2017)

Potatoe Famine "Drink the Pub Dry" Salem Ashtray Productions SAP #0007
Release date: March 17, 2017
Running time: 23:26, 9 tracks

Potatoe Famine are a 4 piece band from Salem, Oregon. The band was formed by Devin Skelton and Chris Hooper. They wanted to play a St. Patrick’s Day gig and they picked up Richard Blanche. After that gig, they kept on playing and writing their own stuff. Devin and Richard decided to go electric. Then they hired Ben on bass and Chris left the band. Another guy called Chris moved up from California after leaving his band and he joined Potatoe Famine as drummer. When he joined the army, they enlisted their roadie Bobby as drummer . The current line-up is Devin Skelton (lead vocals, guitar, banjo. bodhrán and mandolin), Richard Blanche (fiddle, harmonica, vovals), Bobby Evanoff (drums, guitar, vocals) and Ricks Snowdon (fretless bass, vocals).

Drink the Pub Dry” consists of 9 tracks, 5 self-penned songs, 3 standards (“Whiskey-Oh, Johnny-Oh”, “I Tell Me Ma” and “Wild Rover”) and a cover of Coot and Codger, “Hammer Down” (in fact a side project, as Coot and Codger are Devin Skelton and Richard Blanche). It’s the band’s third album following “Old Young & Pissed” (2008) and “Diversity Equals Equality”.  The CD was recorded by Stan at Vegetative State, Salem and has been released by Salem Ashtray Productions.

Drink the Pub Dry” kicks off with “Whiskey-Oh, Johnny-Oh”. This shanty is sung by Devin a cappella backed by a bodhrán. After listening to this song, one would feel that "Drink the Pub Dry" a balladeer album, but this is not true: the following number, “Borrow a Dollar”, is a fast-paced Celtic punk song in The Skels vein.

Potatoe Famine cover “Wild Rover” on track 3. Once again, there is a balladeer feel that is not confirmed by track 4, “St.Paddy’s Day”. Taking into account that the band was formed for a St.Patrick’s Day gig, it’s normal that they have written a song about that day. This top-notch  mandolin and fiddle driven song could be filed together with Uncle Bard & The Dirty BastardsPlastic Paddy’s Day”. Great lyrics and great work by Rick on fretless bass too.

The title track “Drink the Pub Dry” is also an amazing song. Imagine Larkin’s stuff with some drops of folkabilly.

I Tell Me Ma” gets the Potatoe Famine’s treatment. The guys have chosen the “Belle of Dublin City” lyrics instead of the “Belle of Belfast City” lyrics.

Jump Up Johnny” reminds me of Across the BorderFar Away”, even if the reason for Johnny’s running is different. Fast-paced anthem to drink and dance.

Hammer Down” was written for the band’s side project, but it’s a full band cow-punk number. Fans of Cuttthroat Shamrock will appreciate this number.

To finish up, Potatoe Pirate deliver an a cappella  song about the luck of the Irish.

Potatoe FamineDrink the Pub Dry” is a small treasure. Yes, it’s rough at the edges, but we love that, don’t we? Please, buy the physical CD instead of the digital version. It comes in a gatefold sleeve and includes the lyrics for some of the songs written by the band.  Enjoy!
Track listing:

1. Whiskey-O, Johnny-O 2:07
2. Borrow a Dollar 1:30
3. Wild Rover 3:11
4. St. Paddy's Day 3:11
5. Drink the Pub Dry 4:13
6. I Tell Me Ma 2:04   
7. Jump up Johnny 1:30   
8. Hammer Down 2:55   
9. Paddy 2:45


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Saturday, May 20, 2017


(This podcast was originally posted at Paddy Rock last May 19. Enjoy!)

Are you ready for Memorial Day? If not you are now, the annual Paddy Rock Pipecast has arrived. A few years ago I did a Pipecast for Memorial Day to commemorate all the troops past and present for all of the sacrifices for the freedoms you and I enjoy and it went so well I decided it was time to make it a tradition ! So what you have here is the first of maybe 2 installments this year. This is is by hard the most ass kicking hardest hitting show you will hear all year. I am not responsible for speeding tickets, holes in sheet rock or doors ripped off the jams. When you are done listening I ask you take a moment to reflect upon those Veterans and their families who sacrificed everything in the name of Freedom. You don’t need to like or condone war or violence, but you damn well have to respect the men and women who serve!

As always thanks for listening ~ Phil (aka The Grinning Beggar)


The Playlist

AC/DC - It’s a Long Way to the Top (If You Wanna Rock ‘N’ Roll)
Enter The Haggis - The Litter and the Leaves
Mudmen - Drink & Fight
The Potato Pirates - Boots for Brains
Kilmaine Saints - Battle Cry
Celkilt - Kilt Up!
Brick Top Blaggers - Two Years Enough
Black Tartan Clan - Don’t Walk Alone
The Clan - Horns up and Fight
Pipes And Pints - When the Pipers Play
The Angry Brians - We Came to Fight
The Go Set - Sing Me A Song
The Pourmen - The Rising
Mickey Rickshaw - Not My Problem Now
Dropkick Murphys - The Spicy McHaggis Jig
Flatfoot 56 - Ollie Ollie
The Real McKenzies - The Tempest
The Real McKenzies - Drink Some More
The Real McKenzies - The Comeback

Thursday, May 18, 2017


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Wednesday, May 17, 2017

2017-05-17 ALBUM REVIEW - PLASTIC PADDY "Lucky Enough" (2017)

Plastic Paddy "Lucky Enough"
Release date: March 4, 2017
Running time: 42:50.,12 tracks

Pladdohg was a band from the San Francisco Bay area that released a couple of albums, “More Songs about Drinking and Fighting” (2007) and “Hair of the Dog” (2010), and covered “Whiskey Devils” on the “Whiskey Devils – A Tribute to The Mahones”  album (2010). Pladdohg disbanded in May 2014, but some of the members, Patrick Russ, Erin Bloom and Robin DeMartini), reunited in a new band, Plastic Paddy.

Plastic Paddy are Erin Bloom (vocals, bodhrán, tambourine), John Gomes (vocals, electric guitar, slide guitar), Matt Faris (vocals, bass), Robin DeMartini (flute, piccolo, vocals), Patrick Russ (vocals, acoustic guitar, baritone guitar, mandolin, tenor banjo) and Logan Cruz (drums). Their debut album is titled “Lucky Enough” and consists of 3 originals written by Patrick, 2 originals written by John, 1 original written by Erin, a cover of Greg Trooper’s “Ireland”, 4 standards and 1 traditional tune.

My favourite songs are the ones that are sung by Erin. “Scali Li” is a song with a British folk-rock twist. “Irish Lass” is a top-notch song showcasing Erin’s vocals and Matt’s bass. “I Know My Love” was recorded by The Chieftains with The Corrs on the “Tears of Stone Album” and Plastic Paddy’s rendition is excellent too. “Dicey Riley” is a Dubliners' standard and it’s interesting to hear this song sung by a girl. And the country cover of “Ireland” is played with gusto.

Even if I prefer the songs that are sung by Erin, I feel that the best song on “Lucky One” is “London After Midnight”. The band show their Californian rock background on this number featuring electric guitar. “Beer from St. James Gate” is another highlight, an awesome ballad about Guinness.
Finally, the closing number is a true gem, the instrumental “Biscuits to a Bear”. Robin does a great job on the whole album, but this is the track where her talent is more obvious. Her fellows on rhythm section and bodhrán are spotless too.

Plastic PaddyLucky Enough” is not the usual album that is reviewed here, but it’s worth hearing. A polished sound, slide guitar, flute and piccolo, Erin’s vocals and a competent rhythm section make Plastic Paddy a different band. Check out their songs on reverbnation and download the catchy song ”Rundlets and Kilderkins” for free. If you enjoy their stuff, then go to CDbaby to buy a physical copy.

Track listing

01. Rundlets and Kilderkins 2:43   
02. Scali Li 4:21   
03. Ireland 5:49
04. Whisky You're the Devil 2:40
05. Irish Lass 2:54
06. Beer from St James Gate 3:01
07. Muirshin Durkin 2:35
08. I Know My Love 4:36
09. London After Midnight 2:59
10. Choose Me Now 3:01
11. Dicey Riley 3:20
12. Biscuits to a Bear 4:46


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Tuesday, May 16, 2017


This is the Paddys Home and Pub Podcast from May 15 featuring Celkilt, Dropkick Murphys, Flatfoot56, Flogging Molly, Krakin' Kellys, Mr. Irish Bastard, Mudmen, Neck, Pipes and Pints, Sir Reg , The Dreadnoughts, The Mahones, The Ramshackle Army , The Rumjacks, The Scarlet, The Tossers and Toxic Frogs.

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Monday, May 15, 2017

2017-05-15 FREE DOWNLOAD - St. BUSHMILL'S CHOIR "s/t" (2004)

Saint Bushmill's Choir were a 7-piece, Irish influenced punk band comparable to Flogging Molly or Firewater, but with some distinct differences… “The Choir” emerged from the Seattle peace-punk underground and claims former members of The Gits, Subvert, Christdriver, The Pinkos, and more. This self-titled LP is a 12-song follow-up to their 2001 CDEP “Give ’em Enough Booze” on Broken Rekkids. The album was produced by Jack Endino of Nirvana fame and captures the insane live energy of a Choir show. Unrelenting, punked-out Irish jigs and expert musicianship recalls The Pogues, Stiff Little Fingers, and dare we say it, The Clash.

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Tracks 13 & 14 are bonus tracks that didn't fit on the Lp.
Released January 1, 2004
1200 copies on green vinyl
Out of print

Rob Witmer - Accordion, Concertina, Tin Whistle
Dan Baugher - Banjo, Mandolin, Bouzouki
Pete Remine - Bass
Steve Moriarty - Drums
Ben London - Guitar
Jenny Hill - Violin
Eric Greenwalt - Vocals, Guitar

Engineer, Mixed By, Mastered By – Jack Endino
Live Sound – Marcus Stinson
Arranged By – Saint Bushmill's Choir
Artwork By [Cuchulainn Illustration] – Bryan Ward
Artwork By [Saint Bushmill's Choir Logo] – Joe Who

Recorded in 2003 at Hanzeck Audio in Seattle. 

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Friday, May 12, 2017


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Wednesday, May 10, 2017

2017-05-10 ALBUM REVIEW AND FREE DOWNLOAD - BRUTUS' DAUGHTERS "Hueso y madera" (2017)

Brutus' Daughters "Hueso y Madera" Potencial Hardcore PHC 251-CD
Release date: April 13, 2017
Running time: 28:06, 9 tracks

Almost 4 years have passed by between “Beating Beyond the Folk Ashes” and “Hueso y madera”. Brutus’ Daughters have had a small line-up change and the new incarnation of the band is Brutus’ Daughters Mark IV. Rak, the bass player on their second album, left the band and Diego came in. However,  Brutus’ Daughters never look back and finally they’ve been able to release a new album. Differences? First of all, the artwork. Previous albums’ artworks have been made by Txori, but Brutus’ Daughters felt that a new approach was needed. They have also recorded “Hueso y madera” in a better studio, Corleone, working with Chifly. Regarding the sound, Alex sounds angrier on some of the tracks and maybe the fiddle has a major role than the pipes on some tracks. Anyway, the attitude, the lyrics, the female backing vocals and the fiddle and bagpipes parts are still present.

Hueso y madera” kicks off with “De hueso y madera (From Bone and Wood)”. This amazing instrumental features the band’s classic sound and is one of the highlights on the CD. The closing number is another outstanding track: “Brazen”. “Brazen” is the only number in English (another “big” difference with previous releases). It’s an old number that the band wrote when Alex joined the band some years ago. Alex felt that it was worth recording the song and I must say that she was right. The song reminds me of “Raising”, from their second album, because of the catchy backing vocals. Besides, there is a hidden track (sort of) when the song is over, a fantastic Asturian tune where Xipla on bagpipes, Lorena on fiddle and Rebe on percussion make a great job.

Obviously, “Unidad (Unity)” will be one of the fans’ faves. This infectious number features the following guests on vocals: Pitxe (ex-Brutus’ Daughters) in Asturian, Iván from True Mountains in Galician, Pimen from Milenrama in Catalonian and Hibai from Deiedra in Basque. Nevertheless, I also love ”Cárcel (Jail)” and “Carretera (Road)”. IMHO, track 7 is the best song on “Hueso y Madera”, and excellent fiddle punk number that differs from any other track. On the other hand, “Carretera” is a lively song about weekends and gigs in other towns. “Siguen existiendo” has a great chorus too and the band is really tight.

As Brutus' Daughters are active fighting against domestic violence and discrimination based on sex or race, several numbers dealt with these subjects: the single “Verdugo (Executioner)”, a rough at the edges punk goes metal song; “6-4  6-3 6-3”, where women have to play the three sets against a stronger rival, men,  but women beat them; and “A lo lejos (Far away)”, a kick-ass song about emigration, featuring Alex on cello.

As usual, “Hueso y madera” is available for free on Bandcamp under a Creative Commons license. Nevertheless, I suggest that you should buy the physical CD. It comes in a jewel case with an 8 page booklet.

Hueso y madera” is a great news for the folk-punk scene. The combat folk band from Madrid have had their ups and downs, but they have always risen like a phoenix from the ashes.

1. De hueso y madera 01:14   
2. Siguen existiendo 03:09   
3. Carretera 03:03   
4. A lo lejos 04:00   
5. Unidad 03:24   
6. 6-4, 6-3, 6-3 02:30   
7. Cárcel 03:25
8. Verdugo 02:58
9. Brazen 04:19


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Review by Kinksmarkham



Tuesday, May 9, 2017

2017-05-09 FREE DOWNLOAD - IN FOR A PENNY "One More Last Hurrah" (2017)

The new In for a Penny album "One More Last Hurrah" is available for free. It was recorded live in the back room at The Sand Bar on Tybee Island, GA in about 7 hours (including lunch break).

"We set up our stuff in the back room of The Sand Bar on Tybee Island, GA (where this band got it's start... thanks Pam Hessler and Jennifer Knox) and with a little help from some great friends (Don McLemore loaned us the recorder and Ricardo Ochoa graced us with his violin... again) , we recorded a new no frills full length release in about 7 hours which included learning a brand new song and a lovely lunch break. And within 4 days, we’d mixed it down and released a video for one of the songs! Pretty sure that’s some kind of record or something…will have to check with the lovely Guinness people... or maybe just drink a pint to celebrate. But wait, that’s not all… since it cost us nothing to do it, it doesn’t have to cost you anything to get it! That’s right… pay what ya’ want for it! Don’t wanna pay nuthin? Cool, download it and enjoy (we think that's limited to 200 a month, but we're not very good at this kinda stuff). Think you wanna toss us a couple of bucks to help support our Irish punk habit, great. Want to give us one million dollars… well, you get the idea. Enjoy this no frills punk rock record we made! And tell your friends! 

It's dedicated to our very own Bryce Mcnally, who's on his way to new adventures out west... we love ya boy... thanks for being the motivation to get this done and shared with the world!"



Sunday, May 7, 2017

2017-05-07 ALBUM REVIEW - THE SCARLET "Hardfolk Shanties" (2017)

The Scarlet "Hardfolk Shanties"
Release date: April 17, 2017
Running time: 31:31, 10 tracks

The Scarlet have recently released their debut album, “Hardfolk Shanties”. Previously, they had issued a 4 track demo in 2013, and a 6 track EP produced by Paddy and The Rats’ front man in 2015, “Midnight Avenue”. The brand new album is a step forward on the band’s discography. They shared the same instrumentation with Firkin, but their music was more influenced by Paddy and The Rats. Now, this has changed. The Scarlet’s songwriter, Daniel, also plays in an Irish traditional band, The O’Neill’s. Maybe he’s showcasing his “calmer/pop” side songwriting on The O’Neill’s stuff and he has decided to push The Scarlet’s sound to the pirate/rock/metal end. Or perhaps working with Zoltán Cs.Szabó, who has mixed and mastered the album, has given The Scarlet a new identity.

Hardfolk Shanties” is an amazing pirate album. From the very first track “Heroes of Our Future”, The Scarlet deliver a pirate metal CD based on electric guitar and angrier vocals. As usual Júlia’s flute and Dominika’s fiddle are spotless. The video for this song can be watched HERE.

Monday Morning” is one of the album’s hottest moments. More “punk” than “metal”, but really addictive thanks to the flute and fiddle melody and the backing vocals at the end.

The closing number “Long Live the Dead” is probably, together with “Heading to the South”, the most Paddy and The Rats flavoured song on “Hardfolk Shanties”. Great guitar work on this cut too. Celtic punk at its best.

We Plunder” follows the new approach. An intro à la Rage Against the Machine and interesting lead vocals by Daniel. Don’t miss the folk-metal attack towards the end.

The Firkin’s spirit can be felt on tracks like the catchy as hell “The Darker Shade of Red” and “Take the Wheel”, while  “Son of  a Pirate“ and “Runaway” have a Misfits twist.

Hardfolk Shanties” is available on the main digital stores. The album artwork has been made by fiddler Dominika. The Scarlet are evolving as a band and their latest offering is the proof that they are following the right path. A rad album.

Track listing:

01 - Heroes of Our Future 2:42
02 - The Darker Shade of Red 3:12
03 - We Plunder 3:22
04 - Monday Morning 3:00
05 - Son of a Pirate 3:06
06 - Take the Wheel 3:11
07 - Heading to South 2:52
08 - Battlefield Requiem 3:20
09 - Runaway 3:16
10 - Long Live the Dead 3:08


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Friday, May 5, 2017


This is the Paddys Home and Pub Podcast from April 29 featuring The Logues, Finnegan's Hell, The O'Reillys and The Paddyhats, Flatfoot 56 and more.

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Thursday, May 4, 2017


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Wednesday, May 3, 2017

2017-05-03 ALBUM REVIEWS - SELFISH MURPHY "Broad Jump" (2016) and SELFISH MURPHY "Another Fork in the Road" (2017)

Selfish Murphy "Broad Jump" (2016)
Release date: March 2016
Running time: 29:41, 9 tracks

Selfish Murphy are a 5 piece band from Sfântu Gheorghe, Romania (Sepsiszentgyörgy in Hungarian, their mother tongue). The band was established in 2011 and their line-up has always been based around Csiki Zoltán (lead vocals, accordion and producer), Pusztai Lehel (flute and whistles) and Martinka János (bass). They are touring regularly Europe and fans are already familiar with their versions of Irish pub standards and pop songs. Videos for those songs are available at their YouTube page. Their discography was mainly a bunch of mini-albums/EPs. “Cheers!” (2011, 7 tracks) was full of standards and a couple of Bob Dylan and Flogging Molly covers. “One Beer is No Beer” (2012, 6 tracks) was an acoustic album and included their self-penned song “Scottish Song”. “With or Without Us” (2014, 3 tracks) had two standards and a rendition of U2With or Without You”, while “Dirty Bang” (2015, 5 tracks) included another original, “Drinking Song”, two Avicii covers and two standards.

Broad Jump” was their debut album and was released for St. Patrick’s Day last year. I got it at the end of 2016 and it was ranked at the Best of 2016. However, I was not able to write a review before the end of 2016. The five boys have just released a new album and I thought that it would be fair to review both albums now.

There are 4 standards and 5 originals on “Broad Jump”. Regarding the standards, the best one would be the opening track “Molly Malone”. The flute arrangement are top-notch and the percussion kicks ass too. There are “yee-has” and “heys” shouts, some banjo backing the flute and powerful electric guitar. “I’ll Tell Me Ma” has an acoustic beginning and then the full band joins. There is whistle and accordion and a ska beat à la Fiddler’s Green. Selfish Murphy have added “When the Saints Go Marching in” just before an electric end and the final result is very interesting. “The Black Velvet Band” begins with acoustic guitar and then the song burst into a Celtic rock number showcasing guitars and accordion. There is some ska parts too. The cover of “The Fields of Athenry” is based on the Dropkick Murphys' rendition and unfortunately Selfish Murphy have not added something new.

As far as the original numbers are concerned, Selfish Murphy have done a great job: catchy choruses and metal influences can be found everywhere, apart from Lehel’s amazing whistling. “Barleycorn” is a fantastic folk-metal song. “Touch the Sky” is an excellent Firkin meets Dexy’s Midnight Runners number. “Scottish Song” is revisited: it gets an upbeat treatment with ea-ea-ea-oh chorus, banjo backing and Lehel’s addictive flute, together with some heys. “Ireland’s So Far Away” has a traditional feel at the beginning, thanks to the tin whistle, acoustic guitar and percussion. Strong guitars back the tin whistle at the end of the song. Selfish Murphy know how to write catchy songs and the proof is the last cut, “Back from the Ocean”. The woahs and the bouzouki open the path for a badass Celtic punk number that reminds me again of the mighty Firkin.

Broad Jump” got the 31st slot at the Best of 2016. Don’t be misled. The album was not ranked higher, because I give priority to albums based on original compositions. Anyway, Selfish Murphy’s self-penned songs are really good on “Broad Jump” and their covers of standards are appealing too.

Track listing:

1 - Molly Malone
2 - Barleycorn
4 - The Fields Of Athenry
5 - Scottish Song
6 - I'll Tell Me Ma
7 - Ireland's So Far Away
8 - The Black Velvet Band
9 - Back from the Ocean


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Selfish Murphy "Another Fork in the Road" (2017)
Release date: March 16, 2017
Running time: 34:34, 11 tracks

Another Fork in the Road” is Selfish Muphy’s sophomore album. Once again, the album was ready for St. Patrick’s Day. This time, the 5 Romanian guys have written a lot of original stuff. There’s no banjo and the accordion has a bigger role. Moreover, Selfish Murphy have followed the likes of Nevermind Nessie or Uncle Bard and The Dirty Bastards: some songs include well-known traditional tunes.

There are only two standards, Ewan MacColl’s “Dirty Old Town” and the “Morrison’s Jig”.  “Dirty Old Town” is the closing number and it kicks off with accordion and drums. As usual, Selfish Murphy give the song a catchy treatment with some lah-loh-lah-loh-lah shouts and a powerful drumming.

The “Morrison’s Jig” has been played by almost every band in the Celtic punk scene. Nevertheless, I must admit that Selfish Murphy have really worked on the arrangements. Therefore, the final result is amazing: a Jethro Tull infused flute and a folk metal approach based on the electric instruments.

Regarding the self-penned stuff, “Drunken Bastards” is a lively number with a Firkin twist. Great tin whistle performance and catchy hey backing vocals to sing-along. “Drink and Sing” is another highlight. Rocking guitars and upbeat tin whistle on a number that reminds me of Kilkenny Knights’ best moments.

As I’ve previously mentioned, some cuts include well-known traditional tunes. The opening song, “Dancing”, gets a folk metal treatment with some woahs and a “Cooley’s Reel” with a ska accordion.  “Love is Like a Bird” features accordion and whistle. The tune that has been chosen is “The Kesh”. The song ends up slowly with a waltz feel. “Pirates of the Road” is an awesome track. Na-na-nas, woahs, a traditional tune and an Indonesian Celtic punk twist.

Bad Girl” is a lively song. “Harder Than Life” will grow on you after some spins. And “Good Dream” showcases the band’s poppier end together with “Old Erica”.

It’s clear that Selfish Murphy are looking for fun and all their songs are intended for the shows. They master the studio, but in the end all of the songs have a live atmosphere. In other words, “Another Fork in the Road” is an interesting and enjoyable album.

Track listing:

01 - Dancing 4:11
02 - Drunken Bastards 2:27
03 - Pirates Of The Road 3:42
04 - Bad Girl 2:43
05 - Harder Than Life 3:33
06 - Good Dream 2:40
07 - Old Erica 2:40
08 - Drink And Sing 2:32
09 - Morrison's Jig 2.22
10 - Love Is Like A Bird 3:04
11 - Dirty Old Town 3:36


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