Original members Ken Casey and Matt Kelly are back with their cast of characters to deliver what DKM fans long for, a new record. Lots of guitars, lots of noise, and lots of Irish. This writer knows as I’ve been following the band for some 20 years now and haven’t missed a St Patty’s show in almost as long.

The Lonesome Boatman is the raucous scream along to open the record followed up by the first single “Blood”. Here we have the boys pledging their allegiance to one and all declaring “If you want Blood we’ll give you some”.

The standard cover songs include souped up renditions of the old Irish standard “I Had a Hat” and “You’ll Never Walk Alone” (from Rodgers and Hammerstein musical Carousel, made famous by Jerry Lewis and the MDA Telethon).

“4-15-13” is the song that resonates the most, though. While everyone recognizes 9-11, I suspect everyone does not recognize 4-15-13. That’s ok though, because we all remember the Boston Bombing. Now, with the help of the Dropkick Murphy’s, we have a song that will remind us of the date. Whether it’s redoing a song for the local sports team or crafting an ode to a fallen comrade, the guys are masters at capturing the feel and the essence of a monumental situation. The track 4-15-13 is no exception. When Kenny sings “we’re all just people tryin’ to make our way on Patriot’s Day” it reminds us we all bleed red and we are all better off United. I imagine this will be a real tear jerker when they play it live.

The Murphy’s close out the record with the ragtime influenced, sing along, suspected live show closer, “Until Next Time”. Here they ensure everyone that “It´s farewell and not good bye”. Which is a good thing as the industry, fans, and the world alike need more bands with the style and the conviction of the Dropkick Murphy’s.

See the Dropkick Murphy’s live in the US now. Wrapping up as they always do, St. Patty’s Day Weekend, Boston Mass.