If you want a big crazy party to break out, all you need is a couple of bottle of Jameson, some ice-cold bottles of Guinness, and a couple albums by Boston's own Dropkick Murphys.
A Celtic punk band formed in Quincy, Massachusetts, the group grew up listening to Irish folk music and influenced their work despite once rebelling against it. "It dawned on us that Irish music was a bigger influence on all of us than we'd realized," said bassist/vocalist Ken Casey. "Growing up in Boston, every time you went to a wedding or a wake or your grandparents' house, you heard that music. I went through a phase of hating it just because it's what my (folks) listened to." They were influenced by punk bands like the Sex Pistols as well as Irish acts like the Pogues and the Dubliners. "We've always said we're like the Ramones or AC/DC with what we do; if it ain't broke, don't fix it. But at the same time, we have to keep challenging ourselves. And if we find that tunes we're putting together for a record are boring us, we're not going to record them."
When they're not creating memorable music that has been heard around the world, they work to support union groups like the AFL-CIO, families of fallen soldiers, and raising money for survivors of the Boston Marathon bombing. But they also do fun Christmas songs. They did a song called "The Season's Upon Us." A hilarious song about a quarreling Boston family, this music video is funnier than most Christmas comedies and has more heart than most Christmas carolers. Released as part of their "Signed and Sealed in Blood," Casey said in an interview that the song "is definitely not some cheesy Christmas tune. It's about a dysfunctional family."
"I’ll always say I think it’s all hard work. There are a few strokes of luck, and the rest has been hard work. But the thing is, if you’re not working hard, you don’t put yourself in the position for the good luck to happen," Ken Casey one said. Well, enjoy the fruits of their labor below.