Irish Goodbye, is the follow-up from The Muckers to their excellent last release, One More Stout. If you haven’t heard The Muckers (and why not?), they are a very fine Georgia based, Celtic-pub-rock outfit.
Irish Goodbye, is a folk-rocking album of both originals and covers. I love their galloping version of the Wolfe Tones, Rock on Rockall, and the cover of The Rumjacks, My Time Again. The Ramones, Sheena is a Punk Rocker, has been transformed into, Saoirse is a Folk Rocker. Their original, Buzzards Bay, is a nautical throwback to lead Mucker, Jeff Shaw’s time in New Bedford’s, The Pourmen, while, Out On My Ass, is a great piece of hedonistic alt-Country.
Not to be confused with an earlier CDEP release of the same name, Rebellious Son is a new, limited edition 7” single from the Scottish Highlands based, The Placks, one of the best bands to emerge onto the Celtic-punk scene in the last couple of years. Side A, Rebellious Son, is a huge sounding, Celtic-punk ballad singalong with a football terrace chorus. The flip side is way more punky (with underlying Celtic instrumentation), a throwback to front-man, Iain Kilgallon’s, street-punk roots. Grab it on vinyl while it’s still available.
Prydein – Run Run Away The Mahones – The Hunger & The Fight The Placks – Rebellious Son The Placks – The Mountain Men Clovers Revenge – Old Hag, You Have Killed Me-Dinny Delaney Clovers Revenge -The Merry Misadventures Of Sister Mary Margaret The Tosspints – Blood or Whiskey Neck – Psycho Ceilidh Mayhem Set Biblecode Sundays One Step Beyond Devil’s Advocates – Taneytown
Clovers Revenge are three unrepentant former parochial school delinquents from the trashy part of Florida who play spunky & speedy interpretations of traditional Irish ballads mixed with similarly spunky & speedy originals as on display here on Truants and Absolution, their second full length. Influences include the Dubliners, the Pogues, shots of Paddy whiskey and may I say The Gobshites as well as the much-missed Ceann. Sr. Mary Margaret must be scratching her head on where she went wrong with these bhoys. The rest of us will really enjoy them.
Johnny Piper answers some question on the loudest band in Celtic-punk.
Can you give us some background on the band? Your musical history, who is in the band and how did the band come together, what release have the Alternative Ulster put out?
In January of 2015, I met our original bass player for the first time at Ulster County AOH Pipes and Drums practice. He was a student piper and we got to talking. When the talk turned to why we started piping, I made reference to Dropkick Murphys, The Real McKenzies, etc… I told him it was my goal to start a bagpipe punk rock band. To illustrate my point, I pulled up the YouTube video of Pipes & Pints performing The Gael. Another AOH piper, Jerry McCluskey, was also a long-time guitarist in punk rock bands. Jerry joined and recruited his friend to play drums. Jerry came up with the name “Alternative Ulster” which tied Old School 70s era punk, ala Stiff Little Fingers, together with our home, Ulster County, NY.
Can we start with your musical background – who are you and who are The Placks? The Placks are a fairly new band, how did the band get together and what was the inspiration after your long punk career (if punks can have careers) to bring in strong Celtic influences to your music?
The Placks was a wee idea in the back of my head for years that wouldn’t go away. I have played in bands since I was in school and over the years have been lucky enough to have toured with bands like Dropkick Murphys, Rancid, UK SUBS, The Business and a few others, in my bands Beerzone and Control, and they all used to say the same thing to me, “Iain, being a proud Celt, you really ought to add some Celtic/Folk instruments to songs”. They all thought I wrote catchy, melodic songs so thought it would be very interesting.
When people like Charlie Harper (UK SUBS), Ken Casey and Tim Armstrong say you should try something other than just straight up punk, you tend to listen!
Hi Gerard, thanks for taking the time to answer a few questions. Can we start with your musical history? Where are you from, who are your inspirations, how did you get involved in Celtic-rock?
Hey, John, I was born in Detroit, however, my parents moved us to a Christmas Tree farm in the township of Emmett, Michigan, about fifty miles North of Detroit, when I was three years old. I grew up out in the country.
#1 Hi Mike, thanks for taking the time to answer my questions. First off, can you give me some background on the band (history of the band, where are you from, when did you get together, who’s in the band, influences, where did the band name come from, etc.)?
Hi John, Thanks for reaching out and letting us spew! We’re from Ulster County NY, the New Paltz area. Bruynswick, NY specifically, but that’s a speck on the road. I live out by the Shawangunk Ridge, a kinda well known spot for hiking, rock climbing, and rattle snakes.
Our guitarist, vocalist, and songwriter is Rory Quinn, he is a fantastic multi-instrumentalist musician and master recording engineer. He records music for a living, doing live sound, recordings, and teaching digital studio and more. He’s whiz on guitar and does all our recording now, he’s teaching me. I started out recording the band -our first LP and parts of the second album- on my ADAT, that’s digital info on an analog tape, and I’ve recently switched over to a laptop. His brother Falco Sparvarious recently joined us on drums. He’s a young drummer with a lot of good energy and vibes that he brings to the band. For reasons I’d rather not get into, we had to part ways with our drummer on the first two albums. It was really hard, but the rest of us as a band reached a point where we had to go our separate ways. We wish Eric well.
I want to give a shout out to The Placks, a 9 piece Celt-punk band from the Scottish Highlands. Their debut single, My Dearest Friend, came out in March and June sees the release of the follow up, Rebellious Son, as a limited edition seven inch. Check’em out.