Inquiring Minds

Inquiring Minds: Dropkick Murphys' Al Barr On Boston Politics And His Punk-Loving Kids

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2001's Sing Loud Sing Proud would be the new lineup's coming-out party, and the stage on that first tour out bulged with kilts and scally caps. Strong LPs Blackout, The Warrior's Code, and The Meanest of Times followed over the next six years. The band saw a noticeable upswing in its mainstream popularity with the inclusion of their single "I'm Shipping Up To Boston" on the soundtrack to Martin Scorcese's Oscar-winning The Departed.

Today the band has one of the most energetic and hellacious live shows going, almost beating out the likeminded Flogging Molly (and perhaps Monotonix) for the title of most beer-soaked and sloshed fans. This spring the band will be touring the States and Europe, before taking part in the Bonnaroo Festival back in Tennessee in June. The band's first new studio album in over three years is also in the offing for a late 2010 or early 2011 release.

We chatted with Barr from his Boston-area home as he and the rest of the Murphys got ready to tour behind the upcoming Lansdowne, and asked him about the old-world response to their Celt-American sound, their punk-rock lineage and the band's plans for the rest of 2010 and beyond.

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Craig Hlavaty
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