Dropkick Murphys Hellfest – Punk is not dead – Interview by Radio Metal – Subtitles available

Dropkick Murphys Hellfest – Punk is not dead – Interview by Radio Metal – Subtitles available


Very nice! Yes, they seem to love us! We gotta do the question. Hey, this is Ken!
And Al from Dropkick Murphys! And you’re watching Radio Metal! I don’t think it’s dead. I think that Dropkick Murphys are proof that
it’s not dead. It might be dead in a mainstream opinion,
you know what I mean, because it’s not soluble sellable radio commodity. But it never was for us anyway, so we’re
comfortable just the way it is, keep it the same! I mean, what you have to remember, and you probably don’t because you’re too
young, but when punk was first invented, it wasn’t invented by the people playing punk. It was invented by the media, to describe
the music they thought was a wart on the face of rock’n’roll. So it was never meant to be something that
was a compliment. So it wasn’t until like the 80s when punk
bands finally embraced that label. But if you look at old interviews or read
old interviews with bands like Joan Jett or someone like that, they didn’t like that
term being used about them, “punk rock”. They thought that was an insult. The metal fans seem to embrace the Celtic punk. They seem to love the verocity of the band,
they love the melodic sounds of the bagpipes (if you can say melodic sounds…), and they
like the folk influence. It seems to resonate, we make a connection. I think we’re aggressive enough, but
at the same time, we’re different. You know, if you’re listening to metal all
day, you might need a break. I know I don’t like to go to Irish festivals
and listen to 27 Celtic-influenced bands in a row, I’d be like: “A metal band in the
middle!!”. So yeah, it’s good. Maybe the metal bands need to start coming
to Irish festivals. We sing about the same things that everybody
cares about. We all care about our families, we all care
about our loved ones, we all have friends. So we have relatable topics that I think every
person in the world… They don’t have to be Irish, they just have
to be somebody who’s a loving human being and I think they get it. That’s my take on it. And then, from a purely musical situation,
it’s melodic, you know. We’re able to play hard, aggressive music,
but then have underlying melody that otherwise we wouldn’t have. We can gain a fan who might not otherwise
like music that’s as aggressive as us. It’s a strange balance of… I guess the Irish, you would say, they can
take a song that’s even about a tragedy and sing it like an anthem. 4-15-13 though, I feel like it’s the one
of our songs that does that the least. How do I put this… There’s other songs of ours that are about
sad causes that I feel more uplifting. I think that particular song hit so hard to
the band, that maybe musically to the listener it seems uplifting, but I think it seems sad
to the band, you know, which is one of the reasons we don’t often play it. Because there’s another song, “The
Green Fields Of France”, that, you know, people love on album. We don’t often play it because we feel like
the audience might never come back up from it at a live concert. It’s also very long! I would say that our favorites have all been covered. Probably the “Fields of Athenry” for me. Yeah, I like that one. It’s a great example of a song that’s
uplifting but about tragedy. It’s about the famine, but it’s sung in
a way to give people spirit. Sometimes we do other songs like “The Irish
Rover”. We love that because it’s just fun, but
it doesn’t have the heart. We’ve never recruited one. With every member of the band that’s ever
joined, it’s always been like a mutual friend or someone we knew. We were actually playing at a funeral for
two Boston firemen who died in the line of duty, when we met our current bagpiper. So it’s never been like taking an ad out
in a magazine, it’s always been from within our network. For me? Boston! I lived in Boston and my sister was born in
Boston. New England is very small, so that’s where
I spent a lot of my youth. He’s only three states away. An hour away… He loves to say that. But Dublin’s been very good to the
Dropkick Murphys as well, it’s a beautiful city. I get home faster from Boston. Just thank you for the hospitality the
country of France is showing us, the festivals like the Hellfest, the music listeners of
all genres, you know what I mean… It’s been great to be welcomed so kindly
here, so thank you! Thank you!

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