"Dropkick Murphys" are a Punk band formed in the Irish Catholic working class neighborhoods of South Boston, Massachusetts, USA. They practiced in the basement of a friend's barbershop, blending punk rock, Oi!, Irish folk, rock, and hardcore into something they could call their own. Their influences include such outfits as Stiff Little Fingers, The Pogues, and The Clash, but most importantly, the Real McKenzies and the Swinging Utters. Their name was taken from a local rehab center. They typically close their concerts with "Skinhead on the MBTA," a parody of "The MTA Song." The band has made a name for themselves and built a following by their non stop touring all over the world and their famous St. Patricks Day weekend shows which are held every year in Boston.
Dropkick Murphys were formed in 1996 by Mike McColgan on vocals, Ken Casey on bass guitar, Rick Barton on guitars. After a series of drummers, including Jeff Erner who played drums on the Boys On The Docks EP, the band settled on Matt Kelly in 1997. The band put out a series of EPs and were signed by Hellcat Records. In 1998, they released their first full length album, ''Do or Die''. Soon after the album's release...
|years active||1996 - present|
|country||South Boston, Massachusetts, USA|
|music genre||Celtic Punk|
|current members|| Marc Orell|