If you’ve seen the movie ‘American History X’, you might be wondering what was the band playing in the background during some of the intense scenes. The band is called ‘Dropkick Murphys’, a Celtic punk rock band from Boston, Massachusetts.
The Formation of Dropkick Murphys
Dropkick Murphys was formed in 1996 by lead vocalist Mike McColgan and guitarist Rick Barton. They were later joined by bassist Ken Casey and drummer Matt Kelly. The band’s music is heavily influenced by traditional Irish music, punk rock, and hardcore punk.
The Music of Dropkick Murphys
With their unique blend of genres, Dropkick Murphys became known for their high-energy performances and anthemic songs that often touch on themes of working-class struggles, Irish heritage, and social justice issues.
Some of their most popular songs include “I’m Shipping Up to Boston,” “The State of Massachusetts,” “Rose Tattoo,” and “Johnny, I Hardly Knew Ya.” Their music has been featured in various movies and TV shows like ‘The Departed’, ‘The Fighter’, and ‘The Simpsons’.
The Band’s Philanthropy Efforts
In addition to their successful music career, Dropkick Murphys are also known for their philanthropy efforts. They have donated a portion of their concert proceeds to various charities over the years, including The Claddagh Fund which supports vulnerable populations like veterans, children, and those struggling with addiction.
The Current Lineup
Over the years, there have been changes to the lineup. Mike McColgan left the band in 1998 and was replaced by Al Barr who remains as lead vocalist to this day. Rick Barton also left in 2000 but rejoined the band in 2003 before leaving again in 2008.
As of now, Dropkick Murphys consists of Al Barr on lead vocals, Ken Casey on bass and backing vocals, Matt Kelly on drums and percussion, James Lynch on guitar and backing vocals, Tim Brennan on guitar, accordion, and backing vocals, Jeff DaRosa on banjo, bouzouki, mandolin, harmonica, acoustic guitar and keyboards, and Lee Forshner on bagpipes.
Dropkick Murphys has certainly left their mark in the music industry with their unique sound that combines traditional Irish music with punk rock. Their philanthropic efforts are also worth noting as they use their platform to make a positive impact in the world. If you haven’t already listened to their music, give them a try and see for yourself why they’ve become such a beloved band.