Extra date added Sunday 13th January
"They're songwriters--and good ones, too, preserving their party-boy reputation while turning out giant, soulful choruses on songs both manicured and memorable." - Rolling Stone
Following last February's barnstorming sell-out show at Vicar Street, Boston’s hard-working Celtic-punks return with a new album Signed and Sealed in Blood.
The album is due for release in January 2013 on the band's Born & Bred Records label. The album's title comes from the lyrics of the first single, "Rose Tattoo".
On August 31, 2012, the band announced the album's title and first single through their Facebook page. The band has been soliciting fans to tattoo themselves with the new logo from the album's cover and send photos and videos to their web site by September 19, 2012. The images will be used in the packaging for the CD and vinyl album.
Where Going Out in Style told the story of a fictional character named Cornelius Larkin -- complete with an obituary written by Michael Patrick MacDonald for the liner notes -- Signed... has no such constraints. "This is just the opposite of that," bassist Ken Casey explains, "just us having fun and making the most catchy, singalong kind of songs we can. It's not that the last album wasn't fun. It was. Going Out in Style is one of the records I'm most proud of, of anything we've done. But it gave me a couple migraines along the way, getting through that because everything was so connected. This time we cut loose." But he does feel that Signed... is also "almost a continuation of (Going Out in Style), in a musical sense. There's an upbeat, party vibe to it. A lot of these songs, we were having such a good time writing them and just enjoying the writing process. It's the quickest we've released an album, ever, after another."
The group has been previewing some of the new songs during its Halfway To St. Patrick's Day U.S. tour, which wraps up September 21, 2012 in Boston. Casey describes the final track, "The End of the Night," as "the closing time, kind of loser's anthem, about people who don't want to go home." The album also features a holiday song called "Tis The Season," which Casey promises "is definitely not some cheesy Christmas tune. It's about a dysfunctional family."
Tickets are available from the Ticketmaster desk in the Dublin Discover Ireland Centre, Suffolk Street, Dublin 2 or online at www.ticketmaster.ie & Ticketmaster outlets nationwide.