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Dropkick Murphys Biography

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Birth Place: Quincy, Massachusetts, USA
Years Active: 1996–present
Genres: Celtic Punk, Hardcore Punk, Punk Rock, Oi!

Dropkick Murphys is an Irish American Celtic punk/hardcore punk band formed in Quincy, Massachusetts. First playing together in the basement of a friend's barbershop, they blended traditional Irish folk rock and punk rock known as Celtic punk. The band has made a name for itself and built a following as a result of their non-stop touring all over the world, and their St. Patrick's Day weekend shows, which are held in and around Boston, are legendary. The group is also famous for their patronage of the Boston Red Sox and Bruins.

The band put out a series of EPs and was signed by Hellcat Records. In 1998 they released their first full-length album, “Do or Die.”

In 1999, they released their follow-up album, “The Gang's All Here,” which featured more of a hardcore–street punk sound and less of an Irish influence like on their debut album. The band gained their first mainstream exposure when the video for their single "10 Years Of Service" received airplay on the MTV show 120 Minutes.

In 2001, they released their third album, “Sing Loud, Sing Proud!” Their next album, “Blackout,” was released in 2003. The album included the radio hit "Walk Away", as well as the fan favorite song "Fields of Athenry". The song "Time To Go" was written about the Boston Bruins, and the band performed the song live at the TD Garden during at a Bruins game during intermission at a November 2003 game.

For the 2004 baseball season the band released a re-working of an old Boston Red Sox song, "Tessie." "Tessie" would be used in the major motion picture “Fever Pitch” and was included on the EA Sports MVP Baseball 2005 soundtrack

Their fifth studio album, “The Warrior's Code” on Hellcat Records, was released in June 2005 and made its debut at #49 on the album charts, which at the time was the highest debut for a Dropkick Murphys album. The album features the singles "Sunshine Highway" and "The Warrior's Code" as well as the bonus track "Tessie".

In 2006, "I'm Shipping Up to Boston", a song from “The Warrior's Code,” with lyrics from a Woody Guthrie poem the band found in his archives was featured in Martin Scorsese's 2006 Academy Award winning film “The Departed.” In 2007, the band issued their sixth album and major label debut “The Meanest of Times,” which made its debut on the album charts at #20 in the U.S. giving the band their highest chart debut to date. The first single released from the album, "The State of Massachusetts", became an instant hit.

In 2011 they released “Going Out in Style” a concept album that explores the band's own personal experiences and family folklore and roll them into the story of a fictional character named Cornelius Larkin. The album debuted on the Billboard 200 Albums chart at #6 a new high for the band.