Interviews Music — 11 March 2011 Interviews Dropkick Murphys’ Tim Brennan

The spirit of true blue Rock N Roll lives on in 2011, and the LocalBozo crew revels in that. There are bands that still embody everything thats right and pure about rock music. For a prime example of this, look no further than Boston’s own Dropkick Murphys. Since 1996 the boys from Quincy, Mass have been road dogs, relentlessly spreading the good word of Irish punk rock. The Murphys’ brilliantly fill out their extensive catalog with songs about living in these hard times and tunes about letting loose and enjoying life with boozy pub anthems.

This month marks the seventh studio release from the band titled “Going Out In Style.” The band’s album, which is at number six on the U.S. charts proves that this band still has it. From the opening licks of “Hang ‘Em High,” to the final note of “The Irish Rover,” fans are treated to what could be deemed one of the best albums of the new year. Dropkick Murphys have gained the attention of The Boss, Mr. Bruce Springsteen. Springsteen, has always been an influence to the Murphys and it shows in their music. In fact, Bruce himself has given the boys a huge badge of honor by appearing on the cover track, ‘Peg o’ My Heart’ on the new album.

Many may only know Dropkick Murphys from their hit cover of, “Shipping Up To Boston,” which was featured prominently in “The Departed.” But, there is so much more to this amazing band. was happy to get a few minutes with Dropkick Murphys guitarist Tim Brennan. During our chat, Brennan spoke with us about his history with the band, touring, hanging in New York City and much more. The boys from New England will be on tour to support “Going Out In Style,” all spring, but their final show on their New York City run is tonight at Roseland Ballroom.

If you have the luck of the Irish on your side, you can try and score a ticket for their infamous annual St. Patrick Day shows in Boston. If not, pop in the new album, crack a Guinness, and go out in style.

- Alan Smithee

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