July 7, 2014
Funny enough I’ve heard the phrase “This Is Why We Can’t Have Nice Things” before and if memory serves me correct the statement was aimed in my direction. In this case “This Is Why We Can’t Have Nice Things” is the 6th full length by longtime Philadelphia Celtic rock stalwarts Barleyjuice. Barleyjuice are festival favorites on the East Cost with their brand of ruckus Celtic-rock (not punk). This Is Why We Can’t Have Nice Things is a fine example of Barlyjuice’s stick – old skool rock’n’roll with a big nod to the 1970s mixed with the Irish folk traditions of the Dubliners and Clancy Brothers and a good old dose of American folk and county all washed down with a triple shot of Irish whiskey.
Highlights include: –
St. Patrick’s Day, a riotous adventure in NYC on Paddy’s Day.
3 Sheets To The Wind 1&2 – Good ‘ol sailing song and drinking songs
Whiskey and Weed – Set to the melody Over the Sea to Skye, much more of a love song then the title would imply
Catholic Guilt – reminsient of old Flogging Molly meets rock’a’billy