Unseen.NOTHING'S A SURE THING, but a reliable formula for a great punk rock album might look something like: Band members with 11 solid years of playing together + Ken Casey This article is about the bassist for the Dropkick Murphys. For the composer of "Sweet Georgia Brown", see Kenneth Casey. For the author of One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, see Ken Kesey. producing (Dropkick Murphys “DKM” redirects here. For the author, see Daniel Keys Moran.
Dropkick Murphys are a Celtic punk band formed in Quincy, Massachusetts, USA. First playing together in the basement of a friend's barbershop, they blended Oi!, Irish music, and hardcore. ) + Brett Gurewitz mixing (Bad Religion) + Lars Frederiksen Lars Erik Frederiksen (born Lars Erik Dapello in Campbell, California on August 30, 1971) is a guitarist and vocalist for the punk rock band Rancid, and the frontman of Lars Frederiksen and the Bastards, he is also notable as a producer having worked with the Dropkick (Rancid ran·cid
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Why did Unseen get started?
Out of boredom, really. We're from Hingham, Massachusetts Hingham is a town in Plymouth County on the South Shore of Massachusetts. The population was 29,882 at the 2000 census. Hingham is located 8 miles south of the Boston city limits. , which is a suburb outside of Boston. There weren't many punks in town so the four of us who liked punk music got together. We would play after school, at night, whenever we could. Except for one guy we lost along the way, it's always been me, Mark (vocals), Tripp (bass/vocals), and Scott (lead guitar). Our drummer, Pat, has been with us for about two and a half years. So it's basically still the original lineup.
Without a local scene, where did the initial interest in punk rock come from?
Back then was before the Internet, so we listened to the punk music we could find in the record stores--Bad Religion, the Exploited, Operation Ivy This article is about the nuclear test. For the ska punk band named for it, see Operation Ivy (band).
Operation Ivy was the eighth series of American nuclear tests, coming after Tumbler-Snapper and before Upshot-Knothole. , Black Flag, Sex Pistols, Minor Threat, the Misfits. Later, me and Tripp started going into Boston to see shows. I remember getting to see Rancid come through and play a small venue before they got really big.
Who does the writing?
I write the majority of the lyrics, but Tripp sings too, and we all write together. We get a rift and a chord going and then add in the drumbeats. I tape it on this little shitty shit·ty
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4. tape recorder, then listen to it over and over with a notebook in hand, putting in lyrics. Basically every song we've done was assembled that way.
You guys have charted a lot of shows recently.
Yeah, we've been out on the road now for three months straight. Tonight is our last show. Then we'll drive 20 hours to get home, take six weeks off, and then head out on the Warped Tour for two months. Awhile back we went to Europe with the Dropkick Murphys, and we toured Japan about five years ago. In between we've been playing shows across the US pretty much constantly.
There are heavy political tones to your lyrics. Is that a big part of what Unseen is about?
We've always been political. If you're in a punk band you have to at least be aware of politics. I write about what's affecting me personally or what's affecting the world in the way I see it. There's a song on the new record, "Force Fed," about resisting what companies are trying to push down your throat. Tripp wrote "Weapons of Mass Deception," and that one is about the Bush administration and what's going on What's Going On is a record by American soul singer Marvin Gaye. Released on May 21, 1971 (see 1971 in music), What's Going On reflected the beginning of a new trend in soul music. in the world today with the war in Iraq. "The End Is Near" is about how I see war and how the people in charge aren't willing to head out there themselves and fight.
Yes. Thanks to Tim Armstrong and everyone at Hellcat Records. And check out www.unseenpunks.com.