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Dropkick Murphys – ‘This Machine Still Kills Fascists’

Dummy Luck Music
Flogging Molly, The Real McKenzies, The Rumjacks, The Mahones, The Killigans
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Dummy Luck Music
Acoustic/Celtic Punk

Dropkick Murphys have been blasting out their Celtic punk for nearly a quarter of a century now as they blasted their upbeat, shin-kicking tunes out of Boston and this year has Dropkick Murphys returning with their latest rallying cry ‘This Machine Still Kills Fascists’.

As an album ‘This Machine…’ has been written around some previously unseen Woody Guthrie lyrics and although it is the first acoustic album from Dropkick Murphys, it still has all the power and urgency of that typical Dropkick Murphys sound with its energetic and rowdy noise. From its very off, the acoustics twang, thrum and drawl coupled with piercing harmonicas which give ‘This Machine…’ a compassionate rouse, it is a gentle caress with all the rolling beat and power of a freight train. This is partly down to the gritty vocals which feel as if they may begin a riot at any given moment. However, BEWARE!! because although there are only ten tracks here clocking in at 30 minutes, each one is containing a hook that reels in the earworm and before too long, you’ll find yourself skanking around the house. Furthermore, guest spots from the likes of Nikki Lane, Evan Felker and of course Woody Guthrie himself add a real anthemic quality to an already thoroughly enjoyable album.

The band may be a quarter of a century in, but ‘This Machine…’ shows the Dropkick Murphys at the top of their game and with an album which is an absolute corker.

"'This Machine...' shows Dropkick Murphys on top of their game"

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