The idea of selling yourself is something that we kind of have to accept in the music world. You can’t expect to see your favorite artists live off goodwill for the rest of their lives, so it only makes sense that some of them decide to take the gamble and go pop. In the case of punk rock, it’s a bit of a different story.
Since day one, punk rock has always been about going after the corporations of the world, and the idea of selling out is practically a cardinal sin. If you’ve ever decided to accept a contract with a major label and make more pop music as an original punk, you may as well have spat in the face of all the people who supported you at the time. . There’s no room for the big leagues, and yet these few have managed to stay the course.
Throughout their long history, each of these bands managed to do whatever they wanted to do, with or without the help of the majors. Even though their muse got them fired from the big guns, it never seemed to bother them so much, choosing to focus more on themselves than the big guns wanted. After all, punk has always been about do it yourself, and each of these acts seems to have taken that idea to heart.
There’s a bit of a 22 hitch that comes with never selling out. Even if you stay true to your laurels and make the music you want to make, there are also those fans who will call you a one trick pony, never changing your sound and making the same bland music you’ve made since the first day. Saying that to a Dropkick Murphys fan would more than likely end up kicking your ass.
Throughout their history, the guys who brought us I’m Shipping Up To Boston have never shown signs of slowing down, having the same kind of Celtic fury they had when they first started. Being descendants of the old school punk style, it almost sounds like your traditional folk music if given a punk trim, still sounding like the ramblings of that Irish badass you see lounging at the back of the pub.
And that’s really the only place where Murphy’s music really fits. From the minute you listen to any song from them, you can immediately imagine the beer in your hand and everyone bouncing around as they prepare to unleash all hell in the pit. Since this sounds like one of the best parties in the world, why the hell would you even think about changing your sound?