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Life Is GoodThe social and political awareness that drives Flogging Molly's music is never more prominent than in their upcoming new release LIFE IS GOOD - a strikingly powerful album and it arrives at a strikingly key time. The sixth studio album by the renowned Celtic-punk rockers now in their 20th year is mature, well crafted, equally polished and almost aggressively topical. It is filled with rousing songs that are timeless in their sentiment, but directly related to today's most pressing concerns: Politics, the economy, unemployment, planned boomtowns gone bust, immigration policies gone awry, and much more.
For singer and lyricist Dave King, it may be the lyrical couplet contained within the surging "Reptiles (We Woke Up") that points toward the album's central theme. "We woke up," sings King, "And we won't fall back asleep."
"The thing is, there are things changing," says King. "That's why I wrote that line, 'Like reptiles, we'll all soon be dust someday.' It's quite scary, especially for somebody who has children these days--bringing up family in this environment of who's welcome and who's not welcome. I'm talking about the cultures in America and the UK--especially American immigration.
Life Is Good thus serves as a wake-up call to those who have simply stood by while far-reaching political decisions were made that had a serious impact on them. And, significantly, it also serves as notice that the time for action is now.
And people are indeed taking action, adds King, which is a crucial point.
"I think especially with things like government--I think we all tend to fall asleep a little bit when it comes to other people that are making decisions for you. I think we should be the ones influencing the government to make these decisions. It's a great thing that we're now taking to the streets again. And it's a positive thing."
Imagery abounds on Life Is Good, and one of the most memorable images might be found in "Adamstown," the saga of a planned community west of Dublin that came to a halt in mid-construction a decade ago when the Irish economy crashed--and left little more than a ghost town in its place.
"It had a huge negative connotation to it," King says of the eerie, unfinished settlement. "But now it's starting to turn again, people are starting to move there, businesses are starting to open, and there is hope."
Thematically, hope and inspiration are a major part of "The Hand of John L. Sullivan," a rollicking track about the legendary "Boston Strong Boy" who was the first ever heavyweight champion of gloved boxing from 1882-1892. Sullivan was a hero to many, and his story has a cultural significance that fits squarely within the story Flogging Molly want to tell with Life Is Good.
"He came from an immigrant family to Boston, and they brought their family over to try to make the best possible world for them," says King. "We live in an environment right now where that doesn't seem to be what should be allowed to happen, you know?
Recorded in Ireland and produced by multiple Grammy Award-winner Joe Chiccarelli (U2, the White Stripes, Beck), Life Is Good is by any measure a formidable return from Flogging Molly, an assessment with which Dave King fully agrees.
"It's been a tough few years for a lot of us in the band. Dennis (Casey, guitarist) lost his dad, I lost my mother, and there have been certain issues, pertaining to sentiment, in a lot of the songs. But we just try to do the best we can. We've always had fun getting together and coming up with the new songs, and it's still that way.
Here we see what's uniquely distinctive about Life is Good, as the gravity and weight of these themes never overshadow the sheer fun and exuberance felt in each song. For the message is delivered and built on the backs of boisterous and barreling live touring.
"We're known for our live shows," says Dave King. Writing albums has always been a vehicle for us -- it's been a means to get people onto the dance floor. And that's kind of the way we've always approached it, no matter what."
"The one thing we are is a positive band," adds Dave King. "When people come and see our shows, it's a celebration--of life, of the good and of the bad. And we have to take the good and the bad for it to be a life."1. There's Nothing Left Pt. 1
2. The Hand Of John L. Sullivan
3. Welcome To Adamstown
4. Reptiles (We Woke Up)
5. The Days We've Yet To Meet
6. Life Is Good
7. The Last Serenade (Sailors And Fishermen)
8. The Guns Of Jericho
9. Crushed (Hostile Nations)
11. The Bride Wore Black
12. Until We Meet Again$21.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Float (Awaiting Repress)Drawing on the hardships and joys of their own lives and a musical history ranging from old world Celtic to modern day punk rock, the seven members of Flogging Molly have developed a charm and an ease over the years that makes them one of the most accessible bands performing today.
More mature yet retaining the immediacy that marks all of their work, the band's new album Float may find the widest audience acceptance of any Flogging Molly album to date. Hard charging tunes ôPaddyÆs Lamentö and ôYou WonÆt Make a Fool Out of Meö give way, as listeners have come to expect, to more sober ruminations on tracks like ôFloat.ö The overall effect is a symphonic layering of sound that possesses a unique rhythmic flow from boisterous to bereaved and back again. Long time fans and new discoverers will be equally astounded.1. Requiem For a Dying Song
2. Paddy's Lament
4. You Won't Makea Fool Out of Me
5. Lightning Storm
6. Punch Drunk Grinning Soul
7. Us of Lesser Gods
8. Between a Man and a Woman
9. On the Back of a Broken Dream
10. Man with No County
11. The Story So Far$17.99Vinyl LP - Sealed AWAITING REPRESS Buy Now
Drunken LullabiesJust in time for St. Patrick's Day, Side One Dummy is proud to re-issue Flogging Molly's three studio albums on vinyl. All have gatefold packaging. The band's catalog has sold over a million copies worldwide, and this limited pressing series will become a must own for fans. Look for a full US tour in February and March. Drunken Lullabies is the quintessential Flogging Molly album.1. Drunken Lullabies
2. What's Left of the Flag
3. May the Living Be Dead (In Our Wake)
4. If I Ever Leave This World Alive
5. Kilburn High Road, The
6. Rebels of the Sacred Heart
8. Cruel Mistress
9. Death Valley Queen
10. Another Bag of Bricks
11. Rare Ould Times, The
12. Sun Never Shines on Closed Doors, The$16.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Speed Of DarknessSpeed of Darkness, the follow-up to 2008's Float is punk ensemble Flogging Molly's fifth and arguably most important album to date. In the words of lead singer/songwriter Dave King, It wasn't the album we set out to write. It became the album we had to write. Speed of Darkness, produced by Ryan Hewitt (RHCP, The Avett Brothers) was written in Detroit, MI and takes a hard-nosed look at the economic collapse in the U.S. and the causes and the direct effect it has had on everyday people. The Motor City serves as the album's muse and a painful example of what has gone wrong. While Speed of Darkness attacks much of the greed and ignorance responsible for where we are, the album also delivers a message of hope, humanity and the resilience of mankind.
From their beginnings as a raucous pub band in Los Angeles in the late 1990's, the band has worn their blue collar ethos proudly and loudly, most notably during their incredible live performances. And now, as the country and the rest of the world rise up to recover and rebuild, never has that ethos been more apparent and important than on Speed of Darkness. The album, like Flogging Molly itself, is a testament to youth and resilience, to growing old and the wisdom of scars, and yet for all of the record's darkness and the speed with which it descends, the ultimate theme is one of light: we can preserve and we will.1. Speed of Darkness
3. The Heart of the Sea
4. Dont Shut Em Down
5. The Powers Out
6. So Sail On
7. Saints & Sinners
8. Present State of Grace
9. The Cradle of Human Kind
10. Oliver Boy (All of Our Boys)
11. A Prayer For Me In Silence
12. Rise Up$16.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Within A Mile From HomeJust in time for St. Patrick's Day, Side One Dummy is proud to re-issue Flogging Molly's three studio albums on vinyl. All have gatefold packaging. The band's catalog has sold over a million copies worldwide, and this limited pressing series will become a must own for fans. Look for a full US tour in February and March. This is their third full-length, chock full of instant classics such as Seven Deadly Sins, Factory Girls, and the title track.1. Screaming at the Wailing Wall
2. Seven Deadly Sins, The
3. Factory Girls
4. To Youth (My Sweet Roisin Dub)
5. Whistles the Wind
6. Light of a Fading Star, The
7. Tobacco Island
8. Wrong Company, The
9. Tomorrow Comes a Day Too Soon
10. Queen Anne's Revenge
11. Wanderlust, The
12. Within a Mile of Home
13. Spoken Wheel, The
14. With a Wonder and a Wild Desire
15. Don't Let Me Die Still Wondering$16.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
The Emerald City (Awaiting Repress)Chicago's Irish punk rockers THE TOSSERS paint the town green with the release of their eighth studio album, The Emerald City. Predating fellow Celtic punk contemporaries FLOGGING MOLLY and DROPKICK MURPHYS, THE TOSSERS' 20 year career boasts numerous highlights including a St. Patrick's Day performance on Jimmy Kimmel Live!, a performance at the 2005 World Series for their hometown Chicago White Sox, and hundreds more drunkenly rambunctious shows with the most notable artists in the genre.
THE TOSSERS are celebrated for their authentic use of traditional Irish folk instrumentation comprised
of the mandolin, fiddle, tin whistle, and banjo, all of which are incorporated brilliantly throughout The Emerald City. Truly shining with their loud, fast, and rowdy live sets, THE TOSSERS will be heading to a town near you in support of the latest effort. Belly up to the bar, down a pint, and get ready to jig the night away with the passionate and timeless anthems on The Emerald City. Sláinte!1. The Rover
2. Here's To A Drink With You
3. Emerald City
4. Wherever You Go
6. St. Patrick's Day
7. Bombo Lane
8. The Break Of Dawn
9. The South Side Of Town
10. Where The Beer And Whiskey Flow
11. God Bless You
12. Johnny Mcguire's Wake
13. The Fermoy Lasses And Sporting Paddy
14. Sláinte$15.99Vinyl LP - Sealed AWAITING REPRESS Buy Now
From WiresSweden's Twopointeight bring back their melodic punk rock through I Scream Records. Since forming in 2003, the band put out two albums prior to From Wires and toured the globe alongside acts like Bad Religion, Millencolin, Street Dogs, The Gaslight Anthem and Flogging Molly.1. Dusting For Prints
2. Martha St.
3. Speed Of Love
4. Got Love
5. An Open Window
6. This Is Where We Part
7. Straight To Video
8. Summer In The Burbs
9. The World Keeps Turning
10. The Grid$13.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
State Of GraceTransparent Red Vinyl
Mike McColgan (founding front man of Dropkick Murphys) and his band bring their passion-fueled songs to a wider audience with the vinyl release of their Hellcat debut. Covering themes from politics to family to social injustice, these songs showcase a new depth while not abandoning the group's punk roots. With a main stage run on the entire 2008 Warped Tour and a batch of melodic, fist-pumping anthems to win over the crowd, Street Dogs are ready to take the streets. Produced by Ted Hutt (Bouncing Souls, Flogging Molly). Colored vinyl with collectible poster.1. Mean Fist
2. Kevin J. O'Toole
3. Into The Valley
4. Rebel Song
5. The Generals Boombox
7. Two Angry Kids
8. San Patricios
9. A State Of Grace
10. Free$19.99Colored Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Women & WorkATO Records is proud to announce the release of Women & Work, the new studio album from Memphis, TN's Lucero. Recorded at the historic Ardent Studios in Memphis, Women & Work was produced and mixed by Ted Hutt (Gaslight Anthem, Dropkick Murphys, Flogging Molly) and finds the band making an impressive step forward in both songwriting and in the evolution of their signature Memphis rock and soul sound. Frontman Ben Nichols says, This record is Lucero doing what we do best. It's one part barrelhouse rock & roll and one part lonesome nights. The thing is, we are having more fun than ever playing both on stage and off and I think that shows on this album. Gatefold vinyl with CD.1. Downtown (Intro)
2. On My Way Downtown
3. Women & Work
4. It May Be Too Late
6. Who You Waiting On?
7. I Can't Stand to Leave You
8. When I Was Young
10. Like Lightning
11. Go Easy$19.99Vinyl LP + CD - Sealed Buy Now
All A Man Should DoFollowing the release of 2012's Women and Work, Lucero's new album All A Man Should Do contains some of the most resonant lyrics Ben Nichols has ever written. They read like chapters from his life: the duality of relationships, getting older, finding where you want to be in this world and more.
Working with producer Ted Hutt (Old Crow Medicine Show, Flogging Molly) for a third time at Memphis's Ardent Studios, the band felt comfortable enough to take some chances with a palette of new tones that sound understated yet powerful, bringing life to the stories behind the lyrics without overshadowing them.
This is a Memphis record in the greatest sense and a perfect finish to the three-part love letter to a city that brought them up and made Lucero what they are today.1. Baby Don't You Want Me
2. Went Looking for Warren Zevon's Los Angeles
3. The Man I Was
4. Can't You Hear Them Howl
5. I Woke Up In New Orleans
6. Throwback No. 2
7. They Called Her Killer
8. Young Outlaws
9. I'm in Love with a Girl
10. My Girl & Me in '93$19.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
A Mad And Faithful TellingThis four-piece multi-instrumental outfit fuses gypsy, Greek, Slavic and mariachi with American punk and folk roots. Directors Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris chose DeVotchKa to score Little Miss Sunshine in 2006, the breakout indie film of the year, garnering four Academy Award nominations and earning DeVotchKa a Grammy nod for Best Soundtrack. Their stage set up is fortified by sousaphone, accordion, piano, violin, a bouzouki, upright bass, percussion, trumpet, drums and a Theramin. The band has toured with similar maverick acts such as Calexico and Flogging Molly and will also appeal to fans of Arcade Fire, Neko Case, and David Byrne.
On their first album since scoring the massive indie film hit, as well as their first for the higher-profile indie label Anti Records, Denver's boundary-pushing DeVotchKa stick to their guns. Rather than watering down their blend of Eastern Europe and the American Southwest, A Mad & Faithful Telling actually puts these elements out in front of the trio's more traditional indie-rock side on songs such as the lengthy, eclectic Basso Profundo. Melodramatic ballads like Blessing In Disguise and New World are still the band's stock in trade, and A Mad & Faithful Telling perfectly showcases their quirky but effective mix of influences.1. Basso Profundo
2. Along the Way
3. Clockwise Witness, The
4. Head Honcho
5. Comrade Z
7. Blessing In Disguise
10. New World$19.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Never Too LoudNever Too Loud was recorded in the Foo Fighters owned Studio 606 in LA together with Grammy Award winning producer Nick Raskulinecz and its the follow up to We Sweat BloodSleep Is The Enemy and that came out on Razor & Tie a few years back. The previous albums received great exposure in magazines like Spin and Maxim and earned them extensive airplay in the Active Rock, Modern Rock, Mainstream Rock, College Rock and Specialty formats. The new album has an even greater radio potential, as proven by the amazing results at radio in Europe, where the album entered the sales charts in 7 countries, including a top 10 chart position in Sweden! They have previously toured the U.S. extensively with bands like Flogging Molly, Our Lady Peace and Supersuckers and will be spending a lot of time on the road in the months to come. In other territories they have supported The Rolling Stones, Nickelback, Motorhead and many more. The Raconteurs are also covering one of their early tracks.1. Code of the Road
2. City Streets
3. Still in High School
4. Take Me Home
5. Lets Get Undressed
6. King of Magazines
7. Forest for the Trees (feat. John Garcia/Kyuss and Pete Stahl/Scream)
8. Your Tears, My Smile
9. Something Better
11. Never Too Loud$18.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
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Carry Me BackATO Records and Old Crow Medicine Show are excited to announce the release of Carry Me Back. Carry Me Back is the band's fourth studio album and features 12 brand new tracks that sonically span the band's career while still pushing them forward in new directions as musicians and songwriters. The album was recorded at the legendary Sound Emporium studios in Nashville (O Brother, Where Art Thou?; REM's Document; Robert Plant and Alison Krauss's Raising Sand).
Carry Me Back was produced by Ted Hutt (Gaslight Anthem, Dropkick Murphys, Flogging Molly). Hutt pushed the band in a whole new way that they hadn't been pushed before. "Ted Hutt asked us to really dig deep as artists, as songwriters, to get to the heart of the matter of these songs and, especially, not to settle for anything less than their greatness," recalls Ketch Secor. Secor is also very proud of the result of the band's songwriting efforts on the album, saying "For me, Carry Me Back is all about the songs, how they line up, intertwine, switch partners, and promenade home. Each of these songs was an accident waiting to happen."1. Carry Me Back to Viriginia
2. We Don't Grow Tobacco
4. Bootlegger's Boy
5. Ain't It Enough
7. Steppin' Out
9. Country Gal
10. Half Mile Down
11. Sewanee Mountain Catfight
12. Ways of Man$19.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Young New EnglandTransit believes music is about connecting with people and that's exactly what they do. Through the honesty and individuality expressed in their music, the North Shore Boston band has been able to connect with kids from their humble beginnings in the Northeast Pop-punk scene and nationwide as they have toured more and more. Through their relentless tour schedule and incredible work ethic, the band has shared the stage with artists such as Taking Back Sunday, Bayside, Senses Fail, Saves The Day, Four Year Strong, The Wonder Years and many more as well as a stint on the entire Vans Warped Tour.
When they released Listen & Forgive in fall of 2011 the band received accolades from the press for their ability to deliver a record that became an instant classic among their core fans but also transcended the genre, bringing the band to a much wider audience. With their 2nd Rise Records full length, Young New England, the band continues onward
and upward. Teaming up with Ted Hutt (The Gaslight Anthem, Flogging Molly) as producer, the band has delivered their catchiest, most heartfelt record yet.1. Nothing Lasts Forever
2. Second To Right
3. Young New England
5. So Long, So Long
6. Weathered Souls
7. Hang It Up
8. Don't Do, Don't Stray
9. Thanks For Nothing
10. Summer, Me
12. Bright Lights, Dark Shadows
13. Lake Q$14.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
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Over the past 20 years Tiger Army have made themselves a household name in the sub-culture and
punk rock communities. They've toured the world over countless times, sharing the stage with Morrissey,
AFI, Social Distortion and more. They've appeared on Jimmy Kimmel Live, and have headlined many
punk rock / rockabilly festivals such as The Hootnanny. With four full-length albums, and three EPS
Tiger Army have sold over 430,000 albums to date.
It's been almost ten years since their last release, but Tiger Army are back and stronger than ever with
their heavily anticipated new album, V. The album was produced by Ted Hutt (The Gaslight Anthem,
Flogging Molly, The Bouncing Souls) and includes 13 tracks that showcase the band doing what they do
best, fusing elements of punk, rock, and rockabilly. V is the album critics and fans have been hoping for.
Tiger Army is alive and well, and V proves that the band is still just getting started, even after 20 years.1. Prelude: Ad Victoriam
3. Prisoner Of The Night
4. I Am The Moth
5. World Without The Moon
6. Dark And Lonely Night
7. Knife's Edge
8. Devil Lurks On The Road
9. Happier Times
10. Candy Ghosts
11. Train To Eternity
12. When The Tide Comes In
13. In The Morning Light$19.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
ExisterHot Water Music have never had a hit single or seen their faces plastered all over MTV, but over the years the act has done something far more impressive: they've achieved a lasting relevance that most of the aforementioned acts could only dream of. Since forming in the early '90s in Gainesville, Florida, Hot Water Music have released seven full-length albums, countless singles and toured with everyone from Flogging Molly to Coheed And Cambria along the way, but all of those stats are overshadowed by the fact that for nearly two decades this four-piece have stayed true to their roots, themselves and their music in the face of countless fads and generational shifts.
Hot Water Music was born in 1993 and since then the four-piece has never looked back. By combining elements of punk rock, and post-hardcore, with rock and roll, the band pioneered a unique blend of music that has set them apart as innovators of a movement that has inspired bands like Rise Against, The Gaslight Anthem, and Against Me!.
Ironically, Hot Water Music seem bigger these days then ever before. They've been able to keep all of their old fans, as well as establish a whole new generation of fans, whose enthusiasm for the band is just as strong, if not stronger. With high expectations set by critics and fans alike, Hot Water Music headed into the studio with Bill Stevenson (Rise Against, The Descendants, NOFX) to craft their highly anticipated new album Exister.
The people spoke and demanded a new Hot Water Music album, and with these 13 tracks, the band responded with their best body of work to date, cementing them as the legacy punk band with the most heart and longevity.1. Mainline
2. Boy, You're Gonna Hurt Someone
3. State of Grace
4. Drown In It
5. Drag My Body
8. Wrong Guy
9. Take No Prisoners
10. Pledge Wore Thin
11. No End Left In Sight
12. The Traps
13. Paid In Full$14.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
All Of The UnknownColored Vinyl
At first glance, The Drowning Men appear as an exercise in contradictions. With an abundance of tattoos, facial hair, and a sentiment that skews strongly toward the blue-collar dockworkers of their hometown of Oceanside, California, it seems easy to discern exactly what sort of music this band plays. And yet, upon first listen it immediately becomes clear that their appearances have indeed been deceiving as they yield to a gorgeous, roots and folk-flavored indie rock sound bursting with enchanting melodies and deeply poetic lyrics.
With the release of their second full length, All Of The Unknown, via Flogging Molly's label, Borstal Beat Records, The Drowning Men are poised to bring the entire indie scene up for breath of air.
Formed in 2006 by long-time friends Nathan 'Nato' Bardeen (vocals/keyboards/guitar/mandolin), James Smith (guitar/vocals) and Rory Dolan (drums), the three quickly recruited Todd Eisenkerch (bass/vocals) and Gabriel Messer (keyboards/vocals) to round out the line-up. The right fit for us just happened. There was no math to it, explains Nato. James elaborates, Nato called me up one day in 2005 and said `do you want to play some music?', and we've never stopped. I feel like the music clicked from that first day, it's just evolved.
The band self-released their first EP, Kill The Matador, in 2007. In 2009, the band went into the studio with Pall Jenkins (The Black Heart Procession, Ugly Casanova) to record their first LP, The Beheading of the Songbird, which was self-released that year and then officially re-released by their current label, Borstal Beat Records in 2011 in preparation for the release of this, their second full-length, All Of The Unknown. Gatefold red colored vinyl!1. Lost In A Lullaby
2. The Waltz
3. Bored in a Belly
5. A Fool's Campaign
6. I Am The Beggar Man
7. Life In The Willow Tree
8. A Long, Long Walk
9. Fix Me Love
10. Questioning (A Big Ole Sham)
11. A Better Place$15.99Colored Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now