It is fast and brutal, ice hockey is the perfect sport for punks. So with that in mind and the NHL playoffs underway, it is a good time to take a look into that relationship between punk rock and the sport. So here are five of our favourite punk rock hockey songs.
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Another departure in the punk world. The Dropkick Murphys announced through their facebook page that their long time bagpiper Josh Wallace, better known as Scruffy was departing the band. Continue reading Josh ‘Scruffy’ Wallace and Dropkick Murphys part ways
Right off the heels of spending St. Patricks Day in Dublin, the Dropkicks brought their Celtic Punk Invasion tour featuring The Mahones and Blood and Whiskey to the UK . Playing Glasgow on Wednesday, they headed into England to show the Manchester Academy how to get Irish.
Hailing from Dublin, Blood or Whiskey opened the show and immediately showed the 2000-strong crowd what they were about. Playing fast and angry punk rock fronted by a very intimidating Dubliner (and a drummer who looked strikingly similar to Brian May in the 1980s). They refused to slow down, powering through songs and doing an incredible job of getting the crowd amped up. One old Mancunian punk especially who didn’t stand still throughout the whole set. With constant efforts to keep the crowd engaged, they managed to get a sizeable circle pit going on, though unfortunately the banjo was extremely quiet and the accordion was completely inaudible. Continue reading Live Review: Dropkick Murphys – Manchester Academy 19/03/2015
Boston based punks Dropkick Murphys have released the dates for their 2015 Celtic Punk Invasion spring tour. Joined by The Mahones and Blood or Whiskey they will cover North America and the UK before returning to the US for New Jersey’s Skate and Surf festival.
Mar 2 – Clifton Park, NY | Upstate Concert Hall
Mar 3 – Huntington, NY | The Paramount
Mar 4 – Huntington, NY | The Paramount
Mar 6 – Silver Spring, MD | The Fillmore – Silver Spring
Mar 7 – Slatyfork, WV | Snowshoe Mountain Resort
Mar 8 – New York, NY | Irving Plaza
Mar 9 – New York, NY | Irving Plaza
Mar 10 – New York, NY | Irving Plaza
Mar 12 – Boston, MA | House of Blues
Mar 13 – Boston, MA | House of Blues
Mar 14 – Boston, MA | House of Blues [day]
Mar 14 – Boston, MA | House of Blues [night]
Mar 15 – Boston, MA | House of Blues
Mar 17 – Dublin, Ireland | Vicar Street [early]
Mar 17 – Dublin, Ireland | Vicar Street [late]
Mar 18 – Glasgow, Scotland | Barrowlands
Mar 19 – Manchester, UK | Academy
Mar 20 – Nottingham, UK | Rock City
Mar 21 – London, UK | O2 Academy Brixton
Mar 22 – Birmingham, UK | O2 Academy
May 16 – Asbury Park, NJ | Skate & Surf Festival
Back in the day, when going to a punk rock gig was a genuinely dangerous thing to do, were there barriers or security separating the crowd from the band? Of course not. I am sure even the biggest of security guards would think twice about standing in front of GG Allin or Circle One. But nowadays, shows tend to be much tamer, yet we have a barrier and 5 foot gap filled with security guards.
Though, of course, they are placed there in the interest of health and safety by helping kids get down from crowd surfing (often shortly before kicking them out of the venue). However, attending various shows, you occasionally find the bands or venues that don’t enforce these rules. Californian superhero punk/ska band The Aquabats play shows in the UK that are on a small enough scale that there is no need to have security, and this makes the shows a hundred times better due to the increased crowd participation and involvement. [And even after throwing three 12 year old kids into the waiting crowd to surf them back to their parents at the side of the venue there is no worry that they will come to harm. And not to mention punk legends Fugazi led by Minor Threat’s Ian MacKaye, straight up refused to play shows if there was a barrier present at the venue as he wanted to be as close to as crowd as possible so he can involve them. In the instance of someone causing trouble at their shows, the band personally escorted the individual out and refunded them. All without using any security.
Continue reading Barriers and security at shows: How much do we really need them?