The hardcore punk/Celtic folk outfit Dropkick Murphys formed in south Boston in 1995. After a series of EPs the group signed to Hellcat to issue their 1998 full-length Do or Die, produced by Rancid's Lars Frederiksen. After two more releases, their five-piece arrangement expanded into a septet, most notably adding bagpipe showman Spicy McHaggis. Four more releases (and several lineup changes) later, the band issued 2007's The Meanest of Times, a collection of songs about family loyalty, featuring guest appearances by Spider Stacy of the Pogues and Ronnie Drew of the Dubliners. ~ Jason Ankeny
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