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The Dropkick Murphys are coming to the Santander Arena on February 21 with special guests The Bombpops and The Rumjacks.

READING, PA (November 2, 2021)The Dropkick Murphys are coming to the Santander Arena on February 21 with special guests The Bombpops and The Rumjacks. Tickets go on sale to the general public beginning Friday, November 12 at 10AM.
In good times and bad times, we turn to music. Our record collections and playlists carry us through any hardships, adversities, and trouble the world throws our way. When you press play, the pain just goes away. It’s why we listen in the first place. And that’s what Dropkick Murphys set out to do - and definitely accomplished - on the new album Turn Up That Dial. They boot in the front door of 2021 with a record that punches you square in the face and says, in the words of Ken Casey, “Get up, get out of those sweatpants you’ve been wearing for the last year...better times are ahead – LET’S F-in’ GO!!” Over the last two years, following a surgery, bassist/co-lead vocalist Casey stopped playing, passing bass duties to longtime friend and road crew member Kevin Rheault. With Casey off his leash and free to roam the front of the stage with co-lead vocalist Al Barr, a new, powerful dynamic has ignited between the two.

After a couple hundred shows of the untethered duo shredding stages all over the world, their long-standing vocal trade-off explodes out of the speakers better than ever on Turn Up That Dial. Volume cranked, heads held high, smiles wide, eyes on the prize, Dropkick Murphys charge forward with the same spirit that brought them here in the first place…yet with a new determination and exuberance that brings both the live show and this album to the next level. “On this record, the overall theme is the importance of music, and the bands that made us who we are,” states Casey. “We just hope it takes people’s minds off their troubles. We’re so fortunate and grateful to be in the position to share a little happiness in our own way. Our gratitude levels are off the chart. 25 years ago, somebody bet me 30 bucks I couldn’t form a band with three weeks’ notice to open for his band. As kids, we’d never been out of New England and here we are—we’ve made ten records and have been all over the globe. If there’s a message to this album, it’s ‘put your fist up and play it loud.’” That became something of a mantra for the guys in the studio.

Even before the shit hit the fan with the global pandemic, the boys wanted to “make a really fun and upbeat record,” according to Casey. They’d just completed a marathon tour cycle behind 11 Short Stories of Pain & Glory—which boldly stared down the opiate epidemic—and made a conscious decision to uplift. By the top of 2020, they had written and recorded a little more than half of the music for what would become Turn Up That Dial. So they hit the road in Europe armed with a raucous new single, “Smash Shit Up.” The band shot two music videos the day before the final show of the tour. On Friday, February 21, 2020, the band walked onstage in front of 9,000 people at the majestic Alexandra Palace in London. All signs pointed to 2020 being maybe the most enjoyable and memorable year of the band’s career yet. We all know what happened next. Touring ceased. Cities shut down. Way too many of our brothers and sisters lost their lives. Hunkered down at home, Dropkick Murphys staved off depression by leaning on the music and leaning on each other.

As they have since 1996, they began throwing down rousing anthems – songs that span the gap from punk rock ragers to melodic, Irish-inspired tunes. The band—Al Barr (lead vocals), Tim Brennan (guitars, tin whistle, accordion, piano, vocals), Ken Casey (lead vocals), Jeff DaRosa (guitars, banjo, mandolin, vocals), Matt Kelly (drums, percussion, and vocals), James Lynch (guitars and vocals), plus touring members Kevin Rheault on bass and Lee Forshner on bagpipes – proudly uphold this tradition yet again on their tenth full-length studio album, Turn Up That Dial [Born & Bred Records]. “At first, we didn’t know if or when we’d ever play music again, but we found a way to do it,” states Casey. “It was nice to have something to work on to keep us sane and give us a little bit of hope. We also had the time to tinker and change things we probably wouldn’t have ordinarily. I wish it was under different circumstances, but the time was ultimately beneficial.” Working out of Q Division Studios in Somerville, MA with longtime producer Ted Hutt, they recorded in shifts with two members at a time. For the final weeks of recording, Hutt ran the sessions via video conference from his studio in LA. For background vocals, the guys set up separate mics in five different rooms, so they could all simultaneously sing safely. “We were all looking at each other out the window, at least,” recalls Casey. “We went outside to do some vocals, but it gets a little crazy with the ambient sirens, wind, and all of that stuff,” he chuckles.

Dropkick Murphys steamrolled their way through the album with a string of anthems, starting with the title track. “Turn Up That Dial” lays bare the whole point of the collection in the first verse: You’re my inspiration, you got something to say Now turn up that dial ‘til it takes me away ...and the chorus drives the point home… We took on the world With these songs in our ear They told us to listen But you were all we could hear It’s easy to imagine the band members thinking back to their teenage selves: blasting The Clash on a Walkman, feeling their favorite bands were sticking up for them more than anyone else in the world. As Casey called out above, this album is fueled by those bands that captured the energy of the streets, distilled life’s complexities to raging choruses, and were constant companions.

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