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Auld St. Patrick

by The Bloody Irish Boys

Celtic Punk Rock at it's very best!
Genre: Rock: Celtic Rock
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Back Where We Belong
3:38 $0.99
2. Drink 'er Up Boys
3:02 $0.99
3. Dirty Little Town
3:08 $0.99
4. Going Back to Ireland
2:59 $0.99
5. An Ode to Columbus
3:24 $0.99
6. Eileen Oge
3:40 $0.99
7. Auld St. Patrick
3:03 $0.99
8. Drunk to Drown
3:40 $0.99
9. The Pirate Song
2:52 $0.99
10. Catch Me if I Fall
2:46 $0.99
11. The Leprechaun
3:21 $0.99
12. I Just Want to Live
3:04 $0.99
13. The Parting Glass
4:27 $0.99
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Album Notes

Six long years. “Drunk Rock” was released in 2005 and “Auld St. Patrick” in 2011. I must admit that the wait has been too long. O.K., back in 2005 The Bloody Irish Boys were a one-man band and a couple of songs were said to be rip-offs. But the album was f*cking good.

The Bloody Irish Boys have come back in a moment in which a lot of interesting bands are fighting for the Paddypunk realm. The question is: have The Bloody Irish Boys been “evicted”? Based on the 13 tracks from “Auld St. Patrick”, they have taken the place they deserved.

Their first album was a big surprise, since Shayne was able to find a new sound. The songs were led by a different fiddle blending punk, bluegrass and metal influences. During these 6 years Shayne has found the right fellows and together they have been able to develop the sound of their debut album. Five musicians plus two part-time members and one guest have recorded “Auld St. Patrick”. As a result the influences are now bigger. For instance, metal is more present and the guitar work is top-notch, particularly in the first half of the album.

If I had to find something that is not perfect, the use of the keyboards is the only thing that, IMHO, should have been avoided in a couple of songs (“The Leprechaun” and “I Just Want to Live”) The keyboards fit perfectly in tracks 5 “An Ode to Columbus” and 13 “The Parting Glass”. However, I have the feeling that they were listening to the Ramones “Animal Boy” album when they arranged tracks 11 and 12. Anyway, a minor defect in a great album.

“Back Where We Belong”, the opener, is an excellent song, not the typical Celtic punk song. The beginning is quite calm, but finally the song turns into a fast-paced song. Then, “Drink’er Up Boys” and “Dirty Little Town” show the evolution of the band, in which the metal influences are more obvious.

“Going Back to Ireland” is a good as the best moments of their debut album.

“An Ode to Columbus” is basically the tune “Tabhair Dom Do Lamh” (“Give Me Your Hand”) with self-penned lyrics dedicated to their hometown. The tune is said to have been written by the Irish harpist Ruairí 'Dall' Ó Catháin and till now the only band that had put lyrics to that tune were The Wolfe Tones. The BIB version, with new lyrics, sounds great.

“Eileen Og” is another Irish song that is performed with metal influences. The song rivals with the Hungarian band Firkin’s rendition.

“Auld St. Patrick” is the Celtic punk number from the album. Listen to that fiddle and that accordion!

“Drunk to Drown“ starts slowly, first an acoustic guitar and later the fiddle joins. More folk than punk, but one of the best moments of the album.

Track no. 9 is called “The Pirate Song”: raucous vocals and fast fiddling.

The next song is “Catch Me If I Fall”. Shayne decided to phone his mate Gary Miller and asked the songwriter from the North East of England to record the vocals. Shayne, you’re my man! A perfect decision. As a Whisky Priests fan, this song is a huge surprise. I have always thought that the North American fans were too focused on The Pogues and that they should pay more attention to The Whisky Priests. I expect that now some of them will be interested in The Whisky Priests and will purchase their old albums.

I enjoy “The Leprechaun” but, as I have previously said, I feel that the keyboards don’t improve the song. The following song, “I Just Want to Live” is a sort of a psychobilly song. It features more keyboards that I find too 80’s. Sorry guys!

On the other hand, the last song of the album is the best “Parting Glass” rendition that I have heard. The Mighty Regis failed to do it and The Bloody Irish Boys have succeeded. Ah, and the keyboards works well in this song.

So, purchase “Auld St. Patrick”, listen to it and then send this e-mail to the band:

“Dear Bloody Irish Boys,

You are kindly requested to release your third album next year. We have enjoyed both “Drunk Rock” and “Auld St. Patrick” and we need more.

Yours sincerely

Celtic punk fans from all over the world”



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