| January 6, 2017|
6 January 2017
El Paso, TX|
Born & Bred Records
| Dropkick Murphys albums, Other albums|
11 Short Stories of Pain & Glory is the ninth studio album by American band Dropkick Murphys and was released on January 6, 2017, on the band's Born & Bred Records label. It is the band's first studio album in four years since 2013's Signed and Sealed in Blood. The album was announced on November 3, 2016, and a video for the song "Blood" was released on the same day. "You'll Never Walk Alone" and "Paying My Way", which also had a music video, followed as singles. All three songs were given away as digital downloads to people who pre-ordered the album. The album is also the first since 2003's Blackout to not feature bagpipe player Scruffy Wallace who left the band in 2015. While not an official member, Lee Forshner plays bagpipes on the album and also serves as the band's touring bagpipe player.
In May 2016, the band started posting videos from the recording the album in El Paso, Texas which they said expected to have released by the end of the year or early 2017.
"To me, the whole journey starts with the fact we actually agreed to go – and then went – to Texas. Because we've never left home to make a record. As everyone's lives have become crazier and busier with kids and families, it's gotten harder to buckle down at home. We decided to leave Boston, go down to literally the middle of nowhere and lock ourselves in a room" Ken Casey said.
The album was influenced the band's work with The Claddagh Fund, a charity the band established in 2009 to help support addiction recovery as well as children's and veterans' organizations. "Rebels with a Cause" was written about kids who are given up on, and left behind by a system that has written them off as hopeless. "Paying My Way" is about the way up and out of addiction and the dream of bigger and better things in life. "4-15-13" pays homage to the victims of the Boston Marathon Bombing, most of whom the band grew to know personally after visits to their hospital rooms in the aftermath. "Since that day, we felt like not taking the challenge to write a song about what we all went through would be taking the coward’s way out. We put more importance on writing that piece of music than anything we’ve ever done, because if you're going to touch that day, it has to be done right. We went through so many emotions with that whole experience, as did everyone in Boston. It changed the city forever," Casey said. Tim Brennan said of the album "we've stayed true to what the band is and has always been. And we're still expanding on our sound and lyrical content."
In a December 2, 2016 video, Ken Casey discussed the reasons behind the band covering "You'll Never Walk Alone". "As you may know, opiate overdoses are an epidemic in America now particularly in this area. I've been to thirty wakes in two years, three this week, one being my cousin, Al's lost a brother in law. It's hit home close to us. I was leaving one of the wakes and this song came on and as I was listening to the lyrics it summed up exactly how I was feeling. Sad but knowing there is hope. You never have to be alone. I hope you like our version" Casey said.The deluxe edition of the album is limited to 5,000 copies and includes a 26-page book featuring the band’s hand-written lyrics, behind the scenes photos, guitar tabs, bagpipe notation and a 2 song picture disc featuring “Blood” and an exclusive acoustic version of “Sandlot". The album is also available on Kelly Green vinyl which is limited to 1,000 copies.A limited edition yellow & blue splatter version of the album on vinyl was also released as an exclusive to Newbury Comics.
Al Barr – lead vocals
Tim Brennan – guitars, accordion, Mellotron, tin whistle, vocals
Ken Casey – lead vocals, bass guitar
Jeff DaRosa – banjo, bouzouki, mandolin, harmonica, acoustic guitars, vocals
Matt Kelly – drums, percussion, vocals
James Lynch – guitars, vocals
Ted Hutt - percussion
Lee Forshner – bagpipes (tracks 3, 9, and 11)
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