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Dropkick Murphys announce ’11 Short Stories Of Pain & Glory’ & European Tour…

Dropkick Murphys have announced that their ninth studio album entitled ’11 Short Stories Of Pain & Glory’ will be released on the 6th January 2017 through their own label Born & Bred Records. The album will be released on all formats inc CD, Vinyl, DL and a very limited deluxe vinyl edition; The album is available for pre-order now.

Ahead of the album release the band have shared an incredible lyric video for the song ‘Blood’ lifted from the album:

Dropkick Murphys have been synonymous with the city of Boston, and it’s almost startling to learn that ’11 Short Stories Of Pain & Glory’ was not recorded there, but in El Paso, Texas. “To me, the whole journey starts with the fact we actually agreed to go – and then went – to Texas. Because we’ve never left home to make a record,” says bassist and founder Ken Casey. “As everyone’s lives have become crazier and busier with kids and families, it’s gotten harder to buckle down at home. We decided to leave Boston, go down to literally the middle of nowhere and lock ourselves in a room.”

Besides the location, the album was influenced by the band’s work with The Claddagh Fund, a charity the band 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. The song ‘Rebels With A Cause’ was written about kids who are given up on, and left behind by a system that has written them off as hopeless. ‘Paying My Way’ is about the way up and out of addiction and the dream of bigger and better things in life.

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On the album, the band carries on the tradition of rough and tumble storytelling – the kind of writing that never leaves fans wondering whether the band have lived what they’re singing about. A look back at childhood life, a snapshot of a clueless Masshole, a stop-you-in-your tracks reflection on a terrorist tragedy…it’s all there across the record’s 11 tracks. There are moments of ass-kicking Celtic punk attitude, ball-busting wisecracks, tear-jerking confessions, and the kind of upbeat words of wisdom that can be chanted loud and proud across arenas and stadiums worldwide.

’11 Short Stories Of Pain & Glory’ is being promoted with a short European tour; 20th January – 11th February 2017; however just a single UK date has been confirmed: Advance tickets are on sale now.

Jan 20- Planet.tt Bank Austria Halle Gasometer
Wien, Austria

Jan 21- Zenith
Munchen, Germany

Jan 23 – Max-Schmeling-Halle
Berlin, Germany

Jan 24 – Haus Auensee
Leipzig, Germany

Jan 25 – Heineken Music Hall
Amsterdam-Zuidoost, Netherlands

Jan 27 – O2 Academy Islington,
London, United Kingdom

Jan 28 – Zénith Paris La Villette
Paris, France

Jan 29 – L’Aeronef
Lille, France
Sold Out

Jan 30 – Sporthalle Hamburg
Hamburg, Germany

Feb 01 – Swiss Life Hall
Hannover, Germany

Feb 02 – EmslandArena
Lingen, Germany

Feb 03 – Mitsubishi Electric Halle
Düsseldorf, Germany

Feb 04 – Zenith de Strasbourg
Eckbolsheim, France

Feb 05 – STADTHALLE
Offenbach, Germany

Feb 07 – Tvornica
Zagreb, Croatia

Feb 08 – Dom Omladine
Belgrade, Serbia

Feb 10 – Principal Club Theater
Thessaloniki, Greece

Feb 11 – Piraeus 117 Academy
Athens, Greece

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Phil Newall is 47, from The Wirral - he earns his living not writing about music nor playing music...though sorely wishes he could. He was fortunate enough to see many of the first generation punk bands when they played the U18's matinee shows at Eric's, Liverpool. As an attendee at Eric's he was exposed to punk rock, dub reggae, art rock, and all manner of weirdness; as a customer at Probe Records he was variously served and scowled at by Pete Wylie and Pete Burns - he has written for Record Collector, Whisperin & Hollerin, and Spiral Scratch and wanted to write a book detailing the Liverpool punk scene; however with 'Head-On' Julian Cope beat him to it...and frankly did a much better job.

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