All posts by Mustard Finnegan

Sir Reg: Kings of Sweet Feck All

Kings of Sweet Feck All, is the seventh album from Swedish/Irish Celtic-punkster, SIR REG. I’m happy to report that Sweet Feck All continues in the tradition of previous REG releases – energetic trad-punk in the vein of early Flogging Molly (for want of a comparison) – vocalist Brendan Sheehy has a singing style reminiscent of fell Dub, Dave King, while Brendan’s lyrics are pure Dublineese – something you can’t fake. 

Kings of Sweet Feck All is a great album of straight ahead Celtic-punk – fast, high energy with strong melodies across all 11 songs. Highlights include, The Coming Regime – my favorite track. The Story’s Been Told, about Dublin in the dreary 1980s (something I can attest to) and the pure Celtic-punk (and anti-lockdown) of, Open The Pubs, and, Goodbye To Your Freedom. A very recommended release.

http://sirregband.com/

UltraBomb: Time To Burn

Punk frigging rock! 

 As much as I hate the term supergroup – it gives me visions of Led Zeppelin or 80’s metal bands made up of exes and put together by some A&R guy (Flogging Molly fans check out Katmandü for a giggle). UltraBomb is a supergroup – in a good way. The punk power trio is made up of Finny McConnell of The Mahones, stickman extraordinaire, Jamie Oliver of the UK Subs, and the legendary Mr. Greg Norton of Hüsker Dü – Hüsker Dü being of course the Saint Paul, Minnesota hardcore punk band that almost singlehandedly established and defined alternative rock in America during the 1980s. 

So, give the three members, what does UltraBomb sound like? To my ears, its fast, powerful punk rock with great melodies, kind of like, well,…………Hüsker Dü, but with Finny’s distinctive vocals and Replacements-influenced guitar style – scratch any Mahones track and you’ll hear. Time To Burn, is really great stuff and despite various setbacks (canceled tours due to covid and Greg’s health), Time To Burn, is gonna EXPLODE!

The Gobshites give us 40 wacks

August 4 is the 128th anniversary of Lizzie Borden’s handy ax work . The Gobshites will be releasing the cover of the Chad Mitchell Trio song about her.

Lizzie Borden took an axe
and gave her mother forty whacks.
When she saw what she had done,
she gave her father forty-one.

Andrew Borden now is dead,
Lizzie hit him on the head.
Up in heaven he will sing,
on the gallows she will swing.

https://www.facebook.com/Gobshites

Dropkick Murphys: This Machine Still Kills Fascists

Dropkick Murphys have announced a September release for their new album, This Machine Still Kills Fascists. If the title seems vaguely familiar it’s because it’s based on the ol’ Woody Guthrie slogan. The album itself is a collection of new acoustic music set to the lyrics of Guthrie – hence the title I guess. Dropkick Murphys interpretation of Woodies’ Shipping Up To Boston pushed the Murphys into the big time and endeared them to a nation of Firemen, Bros and Soccer Moms.

This Machine Still Kills Fascists was recorded in Tulsa, OK., Woodie’s hometown, and produced by Ted Hutt (Walker Roaders). The album will be without Al Barr who is currently absent from the band due to family health issues. The Murphys will support the album with an acoustic tour in October. I’m seeing them at the Ryman in Nashville. So if you’re there, buy us a pint. 

The Mahones: Jameson Street

Just got to hear an advance copy of the new Mahones album, Jameson Street, and it’s really impressive. In some regards it’s a throwback to the early Mahones releases and features multiple guests including Dave from the Peelers and Nick from the Dreadnoughts as well as members of the original legendary Mahones line-up. There is also a special treat on the album for Pogues fans.

Tour dates announces:

2022

OCT 20 Fox Theatre- Vancouver, BC

OCT 21 Fox Theatre – Vancouver, BC

OCT 22 TBA – Victoria, BC

NOV 03 Stone Church – Newcastle,USA

NOV 04 State House – New Haven, USA

NOV 05 Askew – Providence, USA

NOV 06 Sovereign – NYC, USA

NOV 10 Mohawk Place – Buffalo, NY USA

NOV 11 TBA – Hershey, PA USA

2023

MAR 18 TBA – Switzerland

FEB / MAR – EUROPE / UK

The Winter Codes (ex-Blood or Whiskey)

The Winter Codes, an Irish folk/punk duo featuring former Blood or Whiskey members David Walshe and Barney Murray release their long in the works debut LP, Set The Darkness Reeling, in August. The album is an emotional tribute to fallen band member Paul Walshe, who tragically passed away ten years ago. With this release, he is immortalized, and the album even features some of his expert musicianship on some of the tracks.

The album was recorded at the famous Grouse Lodge recording studio where both Flogging Molly and Michael Jackson have recorded.

We are long time fans of Barney’s here at Shite’n’Onions so we are super stroked to get new music from him after all these years.

http://www.thewintercodes.ie/

Hugh Morrison: Lift Your Head Up

Lift Your Head Up, is the latest full length CD release from Texas based, Scottish born and raised folkster, Hugh Morrison. Some of you will know Hugh’s work with long running Celtic-rock band, Murder the Stout as well as from being a touring member of the Street Dogs

Lift Your Head Up, is contemporary folk, influenced by both the Celtic nations and Americana. The songs on Lift Your Head Up are  pretty laid back and mellow with a strong sense of melody and touching lyrics. 

Recommended.

https://hughmorrison.bandcamp.com/album/lift-your-head-up