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Interview Cosmic Superheros
Dropkick Murphys is a Celtic punk band based out of Quincey Massechusettes and formed in 1996. With their constant touring and breakout song "Tessie" in 2004 the band started to become more then Bostons best kept secret. In 2006 they released their final album under Hellcat Records called Warriors Code. The track "shipping up to Boston" was featured in the 2006 academy award winning film The Departed. The band has since grown and has become one of the top international touring Celtic punk bands ever.
The Dropkick Murphys formed in 1996 and were based out of Quincy, Massachusetts. The bands first incarnation initially included lead vocalist Mike McColgan, bassist/vocalist Ken Casey, guitarist Rick Barton and drummer Jeff Erna. The band was named after Dr. John "Dropkick" Murphy's alcohol-detoxification facility (yes this is real, look it up!). The band started out playing in a friends basement under a barbershop and this helped carve our their sound and musical style.
The band got their first break when The Mighty Mighty Bosstones (who is another Boston based band) selected them as their opening act for the 1997 tour. After relentless touring and a number of E.Ps, the Dropkick Murphys were signed by Hellcat Records in 1997. Only a year later they released their first full length album called Do or Die which happened to be produced by the band Rancids very own Lars Frederiksen.
Once the record was released the band hit a major wall when lead singer Mike McColgan leaving the band during their 1998 tour to pursue his dream of being a Boston firefighter. The band had replaced Mike with former lead singer of The bruisers and they released their second record The Gang's All Here. The album geared forwards a more hardcore–street punk style which was closer related to the sound of Barrs former band the Bruisers. The album also incorporated more of an Irish music style influence than on their debut album. Since then the band has gone through other changes with some band members coming and going but the band has always maintained their devotion to the music and what they represent.
I started listening to Dropkick Murphys back in 1998 when a friend told me I had to listen to this tape. He popped it into his boombox tape player and we just sat and listened. I felt in the love with the style and sound of the band. As years went on I kept up with the band and fell in love with songs like Stated of Massachusetts, Tessie, Shipping up to Boston, The boys are back, Kiss me I am shitfaced, Rose Tattoo and just way to many others to list. They released their newest album in January of 2017 called “11 Stories of pain and glory” which includes the kick ass track “Paying my Way”. You can read my full review on Dropkick Murphys on our website www.f28studio.com.
Dropkick Murphys new album can be found anywhere music is sold including iTunes, Google Play, Amazon, School kids Records and many others. Dropkick puts on one hell of a show and really embraces all the fans that come to see them live. They are interactive, funny and make sure you feel the punk rock they blast your way. The are lyrically on par and the band sounds like a well oiled machine. If you have not experienced Dropkick Murphys live yet, then you are missing out and need to see them. They are currently on tour with Flogging Molly so check their respected websites for tour dates and times.
New album is called "11 short stories of pain and glory"
Interview with Raleigh's own ComsiC Superheroes
Q: The first time I saw you guys was in 2017 and it was sort of by accident. I went to check out some shows and happened on the Pour House in Raleigh and you guys were playing that night. I was amazed at the music and loved the sound. How did you guys come to create your sound?
A: We’ve found that by not trying to “have a sound,” we somehow create a sound that is pretty Cosmic. However, we have found ourselves trying to make sounds.
Q: Your first release was in 2015 not to far after you guys had formed in 2014 called “Monday”. As a pretty newly formed group at the time did you find the process of recording the album fluid? Did you find it hard to record the first record while still developing your unique sound?
A: Excellent question...the idea is to create music, record that music, show some people, ask a few of your friends what they think about it, and if a few of them like it, then you know you have something fun you might be able to grab onto and run with. So then you do it again, and try to see if more people like it as much as we do, because we love it. We love it big time. It’s a big cycle, really.
Q: I was reading a little bit about how you guys formed but wanted to see if you could go into more detail for our readers. Who had the idea to start the band and how did everyone come together?
A: This band started as a big random collection of random events intertwined with a bunch of regular-joe dudes who all happen to be pretty explorative musicians. The story of the way this whole group of four dudes came together to be making this music together in this time and space is a story that few people would even believe. It’s Cosmic! Simple as that. That story would include Brandon meeting Bongo in 2006 and whispering/yelling in his ear: “we’re gonna jam someday, dude!” to Paul Sanders hitting a homerun in junior league baseball against the Pottstown Pirates, chance meetings at a Phish couch-tour party, Craigslist, and the time Paul Benner witnessed a knife fight in Durham.
Q: As you write and create your music do you have a singular person that creates a riff and everyone works off of that or do you guys take an idea and build off of that together? What is your process when creating the unique style of songs, you bring to the stage?
A: Some songs are songs that Brandon wrote over the last 20 years, and some songs are a magical creation of the Cosmic Superheroes. Yes, sometimes it starts with a riff...other times it could just be a simple thing that someone says and it sparks your imagination to go write a song about it. In addition to our new album that just came out, we have a whole bunch of new tunes that we’ve been writing collectively, and we’re actually getting excited to get back in the studio. We’ve been joking a bit about making a “Funk EP” with a bunch of 70s-funk inspired Meters-type sounding shit we’ve plucked from the sky recently, and maybe someday it won’t be a joke anymore, haha.
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Q: You guys have released a new record called “Big Star”. First off, how was the CD release party? I got there a little late, but the place was packed. How did that make you feel seeing so many people show up for your CD release party?
A: Yes, it felt great! When we see people just jamming out with us and having fun...man that’s what it’s all about. Huge big thanks and love to all the folks in our hometown of Raleigh who came out, including the Pour House for being so cool and continuing to book us on cool events and things. Our CD Release Party was a big fun moment where we kind of had a big deadline to get our shit together, and it was stressful, but we made it happen, somehow-some-way. It forced us to get our merch and stuff together, and start to do a little light online marketing to build the buzz. And it also kind of made us find our team, including some partners to help run lights and merch. We’ve got a few friends like Matt, Pat, and Allison, who have really stepped up to the plate and made the whole CD Release and the time leading up to it a huge success. Now that we’ve been lucky enough to get on with some small festivals and some out of town dates, things are really starting to warm up in a good way. We’re so thankful for all the people who have begun to take an interest in what we’re doing and share and post our stuff to their friends and stuff. It really means the world to us and we are so grateful for the love and support. Also our wives and families have been so kind and supportive and cool about all of our ambitions and gigs and stuff. We really can’t thank them enough.
Q: When you guys decided to sit down and start writing for the new record “Big Star”, what did you want this record to represent for the band? Was this an emotional, fun or hard album to write and record?
A: NO. It was a conglomeration of old stuff and new stuff that somehow created a really cool story, so we went with it. “Big Star” is the story of the average pop star sky-rocketing to success….and all the temptations, revelations, and congratulations that come with it. It was a really fun process. Most of the album was originally tracked live to really get the live puzzle-piece-pocket feel in certain areas. Then we went in and did some over dubs, added some things, took some things out, stirred it up, drank a bunch of green tea, sang our freaking hearts out, and Bongo John worked his mixing magic upon the musical recipes to create the sounds you hear entering your ear canals today.
Q: Every time I see you guys live it is almost as if I am at a big party! You guys always have smiles on your face and just look like you really love what you’re doing. Do you feed off the crowd during your shows and what is important for you guys as a band to bring to the stage for music fans?
A: YUP. That’s a big 10-4. We live for those moments. It’s weird, we talk about it pretty often---especially in regards to the bar-type-gigs we occasionally do around town to raise money for recording and merch and things…...we’d rather have 6 people watching and listening and wanting more, than play at a big private function with 60 people who don’t give a shit. Now don’t get me wrong, we’ll take the background-music gig if the pay is right, but in all seriousness we’d rather have 2 eyeballs than 60 butts facing us. We really seem come alive when kind people are around caring to hear and see the music. It’s taken a few years, this band was originally formed in 2014, but it seems we’re finally starting to find a small club of people who dig this kind of heartfelt-fun jam music as much as we do.
New record is out now!
It's like her fight song
One of my favorite songs is “Top of our Lungs”. What inspired that song?
A: Thank You! It’s the feeling, when our subject character, let’s call her Miley, finally breaks through and screams to the rooftops that she’s going to conquer the pop music world. It’s like her FIGHT SONG, but not nearly as epic...or popular. Thank you for listening to that one, it’s our first and only song with a music video, and it’s on YouTube and Facebook and stuff. We had a TON of fun making it, and Schoolkids Records is the bomb for letting us film our video there.
Thank you guys for taking time out of your busy schedule to talk with me. The new record is out now.
Q: Where can people purchase the new record from?
A: Everywhere that sells music, or you can come to one of our shows and grab a hardcopy of the CD and stuff it in your pocket when “ALLI ON THE MERCH!” isn’t looking. The Best way to listen and see some exclusive content available just for f.28 readers is at our website at www.cosmicsuperheroes.com/f.28-studio
(WE DO WANT TO MENTION THOUGH, the best way to support any local or regional band is to buy stuff directly from their website. At our site you can stream the whole album for free and also download it for a discount - our highest profit margin is at our own site, not iTunes, or CDBaby…..but if that’s how you roll then roll, and listen however you’re gonna listen. Do it to it, Pruitt. LOCAL MUSIC STORES TOO! Schoolkids! )
Chris ~ Definitely check out this band in the Raleigh area and they are currently touring in and our NC as well. You can see their tour schedule on their website at https://www.cosmicsuperheroes.com/home.
Love the record guys and I look forward to seeing you guys live and photographing you again!
We’re just honored to be a part of your first issue of your magazine. You are doing some really really awesome things and I know it’s just a matter of time until this thing is really something huge. We thank you a thousand times for interviewing us, and we look forward to seeing what’s next for you and all of us.
"Imagine dragons live show was amazing. They were so active and energized it was just unbelievable. The band played to an almost sold out 19,000 plus fans at the Walnut Creek in Raleigh NC. If you have not had the chance to see this band play live yet we are telling you that you need to. You will not be dissapointted!" ~ Photographer Chris Sturk
"I loved watching them live, such an amazing show!"
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