Dropkick Murphys announce album #9

Boston’s finest, Dropkick Murphys, have announced the release of their ninth studio album, ‘11 Short Stories of Pain and Glory‘. Continue reading

A Conversation with Skinny Lister

Greenwich’s Skinny Lister are a band on a speeding upwards trajectory. Having released their debut “Forge & Flagon” back in 2012 via Rob Da Bank‘s Sunday Best Recordings, they have this year released their sophomore album “Down On Deptford Broadway” on Xtra Mile Recordings, which currently stands as one of our favourite releases of the year. We were lucky enough to catch up with the band at 2000trees recently, where we spoke to Max Thomas (mandolin, melodeon), Michael Camino (double bass) and Sam “Mule” Brace (guitar, concertina).

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Solemn Sun – SOLEMN SUN (EP)

It would be impossible to review this self-titled debut EP without giving a brief explanation of SOLEMN SUN, and how they came to be.  18 months ago, the alt-folk 4 piece from Cheltenham formerly known as Jim Lockey & The Solemn Sun were one of the UK music industry’s hottest underground properties; touring with the likes of Frank Turner and Dropkick Murphys, headlining a nation-wide tour and making a progressively enlarging name for themselves in doing so.  They released (arguably) their best track, ‘Wilderness of a Wild Youth‘ in September 2013, played a headline tour a month later, and then fell deathly quiet.  So quiet in fact, that many were left wondering if they would, like so many bands before them, just fade away never to be heard of again.

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A Conversation with Matt Kelly (Dropkick Murphys)

Back in 1998, Dropkick Murphys released their first full-length record. As legends of both the punk genre and Boston in general they’ve toured on every continent, had their music feature in a 5* Martin Scorsese movie and have played live at major sporting events. Alongside bassist and vocalist Ken Casey, drummer Matt Kelly is the only member to have played on the debut and the 7 albums that’ve followed. Before heading on a 6 week tour to Europe, The Colour Of Vinyl caught up with Matt to talk about touring, punk shows and growing up amongst things…
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