Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Dropkick Murphys' new album making a mark

The Dropkick Murphys' 11 Short Stories Of Pain & Glory is out now through the band's Born & Bred Records. The album went to No. 1 on the iTunes charts and was the second best selling current album last week according to Billboard. The band’s ninth album bowed in at #8 on the all-inclusive Billboard Top 200. Additionally the album was the #1 Independently released album, #1 Rock Album, #1 Physical Release, #1 Vinyl, and #1 Internet. 

11 Short Stories Of Pain & Glory was influenced by the guys' work with The Claddagh Fund, a charity they established in 2009 to help support addiction recovery as well as children's and veterans' organizations. The band is hands-on in raising funds, mentoring, and lending a helping hand in the fight. Many of the songs reflect these experiences, and the band's sadness, anger and dismay at the opiate epidemic ravaging the country — in particular, Boston and New England. "Paying My Way" is about the way up and out of addiction and the dream of bigger and better things in life.

See the official video for  "Paying My Way" here. 

Founder/lead singer Ken Casey says the song "is not just about paying your bills; it's about doing what you have to do in order to be a good person. But at the end of the day, never losing sight of the fact that doing the next right thing may lead to great things one day."

Born & Bred has also announced an exclusive relationship with the LA-based Dualtone Licensing; the company will represent its masters, including the band’s signature song (a co-write with Woody Gurthie), “I’m Shipping Up To Boston,” in the film/television/advertising fields.

Tickets are on sale now for Dropkick Murphys’ 11 Short Stories Of Pain & Glory tour, which kicks off with a sold out show February 21 at Sands Casino in Bethlehem, PA, and culminates with the band’s annual hometown run of Boston shows St. Patrick's Day Week (March 15-19), which includes Agganis Arena and three nights at House of Blues.

Find the album, along with limited edition CDs & vinyl, on the band's official webstore.

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