Interview mit Dropkick Murphys

 


1. Would you first introduce yourself to our readers please? What are you doing jobwise and in your spare time?


My name is Ken Casey, I play bass and do some of the singing for Dropkick Murphys. The band is my full time job now, when we are not on the road my wife and I run a mailorder distrobution business. Before I played in the band I did construction work and bartended at night. In my free time I surf, go to see other bands shows, and hang out with friends and family. But since I've been in the band I haven't had that much free time.




2. And the Other Guys, what do they do for a living?


We tour so much that nobody can hold down another job, the band is a full time job for all of us. Before the band the other guys had shitty menail labor jobs.




3. Hiw did you guys get together?


Most of us were friends and we just started playing together for laughs, I had never been in another band before. It was just for fun, but people seemed to like it.




4. Since when does Dropkick exist?


1996




5. What happened after Gangs all Here? Since the Album rose the Band form a quantet to a septet? How come?


Our original guitarist Rick Barton had been wanting to retire from life on the road for a while we were just waiting until the perfect replacement came along. Our friend James Lynch was that guy. When james joined the band Rick still wanted to play a few last gigs so we played them with two guitars. It sounded so good we decided to keep two guitars after Rick left, thats when we added young Marc Orrell (just turned 18). Marc was a fan of the band so he knew all the songs and he's is an unbelievable guitar player. We had always been looking to add members who could play the instruments we used on record and at local shows such as Bagpipes, Tin Whistle, Mandolin. But we wanted to make sure they were also into the punk rock side of the band and willing to tour full time. Most of the guys we knew previously were older guys who didn't want to leave the local pub. Spicey McHaggis and Ryan Foltz were young kids who were also fans of the band and they were the perfect match to add as knew members The new members and new instruments now allow us to recreate exactly what you hear on the record at our live shows.




6. I saw you Guys couple of weeks ago on the European Hardcore Party in Maastricht, one big party, more fuller sound - amazing! Was it the same line up?


Yes that was the same line-up that is on the new record




7. The first two Albums were produced by Lars Fredricson. Ken Casey took over the production on the new album. Was it an experience? Because it's not an easy job after tow great albums!


I pretty much was right in there the whole time with Lars during the first two albums so it wasn't that difficult. He taught me alot and I paid attention and learned from him. There is more pressure but I think it turned out great.





8. Was there not a lot of pressure by the new album?


Yes of course but we just tried to concentrate on having fun and not thinking
about it. It was like a big party atmosphere in the studio, we had all of our
friends hanging out , lots of drinking. We had a good time and I think that
comes across on the record. We want the listener to feel like they are at the party.





1. Would you first introduce yourself to our readers please? What are you doing jobwise and in your spare time?


My name is Ken Casey, I play bass and do some of the singing for Dropkick Murphys. The band is my full time job now, when we are not on the road my wife and I run a mailorder distrobution business. Before I played in the band I did construction work and bartended at night. In my free time I surf, go to see other bands shows, and hang out with friends and family. But since I've been in the band I haven't had that much free time.




2. And the Other Guys, what do they do for a living?


We tour so much that nobody can hold down another job, the band is a full time job for all of us. Before the band the other guys had shitty menail labor jobs.




3. Hiw did you guys get together?


Most of us were friends and we just started playing together for laughs, I had never been in another band before. It was just for fun, but people seemed to like it.




4. Since when does Dropkick exist?


1996




5. What happened after Gangs all Here? Since the Album rose the Band form a quantet to a septet? How come?


Our original guitarist Rick Barton had been wanting to retire from life on the road for a while we were just waiting until the perfect replacement came along. Our friend James Lynch was that guy. When james joined the band Rick still wanted to play a few last gigs so we played them with two guitars. It sounded so good we decided to keep two guitars after Rick left, thats when we added young Marc Orrell (just turned 18). Marc was a fan of the band so he knew all the songs and he's is an unbelievable guitar player. We had always been looking to add members who could play the instruments we used on record and at local shows such as Bagpipes, Tin Whistle, Mandolin. But we wanted to make sure they were also into the punk rock side of the band and willing to tour full time. Most of the guys we knew previously were older guys who didn't want to leave the local pub. Spicey McHaggis and Ryan Foltz were young kids who were also fans of the band and they were the perfect match to add as knew members The new members and new instruments now allow us to recreate exactly what you hear on the record at our live shows.




6. I saw you Guys couple of weeks ago on the European Hardcore Party in Maastricht, one big party, more fuller sound - amazing! Was it the same line up?


Yes that was the same line-up that is on the new record




7. The first two Albums were produced by Lars Fredricson. Ken Casey took over the production on the new album. Was it an experience? Because it's not an easy job after tow great albums!


I pretty much was right in there the whole time with Lars during the first two albums so it wasn't that difficult. He taught me alot and I paid attention and learned from him. There is more pressure but I think it turned out great.





8. Was there not a lot of pressure by the new album?


Yes of course but we just tried to concentrate on having fun and not thinking
about it. It was like a big party atmosphere in the studio, we had all of our
friends hanging out , lots of drinking. We had a good time and I think that
comes across on the record. We want the listener to feel like they are at the party.