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ALBUM REVIEW: SCALLY CAP BRATS- ‘Our Storied Past’ (2015)

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ALBUM REVIEW: THE SCALLY CAP BRATS- 'Our Storied Past' (2015)

Now I know we’re not really allowed to have favourites and we are suppose to be ‘objective’ and all that but there’s a handful of bands that can do no wrong for me at all and if they released an album full of techno songs then I have a feeling i would still bloody like it. One band, for example, is The Rumjacks and another, you may not of heard of, is The Scally Cap Brats from Ottawa, Ontario, Canada.

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Formed in 2010 out of a chance meeting between Mike Pusiak and Mike Eff they quickly discovered a mutual love for punk, Oi! and celtic music which led to talk about starting a band. They got together in Mike Pusiak’s basement and began writing songs and learning a few traditional tunes. Over time members have come and gone and now the current lineup of The Scally Cap Brats is Mike P – vocals and guitar, Mike F – mandolin, Danny – drums, Collin – bass and Chris – guitar. In the spirit of Oi! music there’s no gimmick with The Brats and what you get is just good time music that will have you both jigging and moshing your brains out.

the Scally Cap Brats signature tune!

This is the Brats follow up album to their debut ‘Let us Drink, For We Must Die’ back in 2012. The bhoys self funded ‘Our Storied Past’ along with their fans via an Indiego campaign where fans could buy special Brats gifts or get the album on pre-release. Previously they have also released three well received EP’s that have fired The Scally Cap Brats into the top division of celtic-punk.

The album kicks off with ‘Our Storied Past’ and fast and furious mandolin competes with an old-school traditional Oi! sound that will certainly blow any folky cob-webs away!

“Our Storied Past it makes us who we are
We have no regrets, just our memories and scars
If you sent us back again we’d do it all the same
No time to second guess, no time to doubt the pain
We’ve lost a few friends as we’ve gone along the way
Made a few enemies but we’re here to stay
After all this time and the roads we had to take
We’re not going to quit after coming all this way”

Next up is ‘Barry Square’ and the tale of a group of the bands friends who found themselves held up at gunpoint in Hartford, Connecticut. ‘Going Down The Line’ reminds me of the Charm City Saints and is a real celtic-punk classic but with a punk rock chorus. The mandolin could get lost in the mix and hdespite having t compete it comes across really clear in the mix and stands out proud. Mike P’s vocals are of the raspy shouty sort and they work really well. Close harmonies may suit some celtic-punk but not this celtic-punk! ‘Two Chord’ continues with the mandolin put away and its heads down for some more catchy punk.  The mando is back for ‘Claw And Dig’ and a slight ska beat soon changes into the Brats fastest song before slowing right down again. One of the albums standouts for me. As soon as ‘Take Me Away’ starts you can hear the Irish tune hidden inside the punk tune and with some one guesting on bagpipes makes you wish they had a permanent piper. This leads onto ‘The Shiner’s War’ the albums most overt celtic-punk song. The mando is turned up to eleven and its all about the working class on this one and how we always get shafted! ‘Help Our Heroes’ returns them to harder territory and tells a story of a friend who joins the Army and whose life takes wrong turns and who ends up homeless. Catchy as hell and with a strong message. ‘You Never Know’ and ‘Yankee Jim’ has Mike P sounding like a forty cigs a day man while ‘No Matter What’ returns them to celtic-punk again with mando leading the way. With the LP drawing to a close ‘Lonely Days And Drunken Nights’ ensures it’s not going to be going quietly and Mike F’s mandolin starts ’18th To 21st’ off before the band blast into what could be an early-Murphys ‘Do Or Die’ era song. The final track ‘Dress Sharp, Drink Hard’ is a proud skinhead anthem that The Cockney Rejects would be proud of. Yet more catchy punk with a shouty gang chorus to raise your pint in the air and is an absolutely brilliant way to end ‘Our Storied Past’.

Fourteen tracks and near forty minutes of music that in the end blends Oi!, celtic, Rock’n’Roll, punk, folk and pretty much everything else in between. The Scally Cap Brats are impossible to pidgeonhole into one sound and their appeal as a band reflects that. There is nothing too overly complicated here I am sure the Bhoys won’t mind me saying but its done with gusto and the music is pure energy and blue-collar pride. If as I say early-Dropkick Murphys is yer thing then I swear to God you will fecking love this as much as I do.

(press play below to hear the whole album)

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(left to right) Collin, Mike P, Mike F, Danny, Chris

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you can read our article on the Scally Cap Brats indiego campaign to raise money to record ‘Our Storied Past’ here. There’s a full biography of the band and much more music!!

NEW DROPKICK MURPHYS TRIBUTE ALBUM OUT TODAY!

Take a Shot Records are proud to announce the release of their first major album as a record label. The idea for ‘Famous For Nothing: A Tribute to Dropkick Murphys’ came from Mike Franey (The Scally Cap Brats) and Chris Arias (Blackthorn Billy), and their love for the band. It was decided that the best way to pay tribute to the band that has influenced them so much was to recruit others who felt the same way and to make a tribute compilation and donate all the proceeds to The Claddagh Fund (Dropkick Murphys’ own charity).

As Mike said

“both of us have listened to the band for a long, long time, and we felt that just covering their songs ourselves wasn’t enough. A quick chat with Ken Casey and he gave us permission to go forward with it and here we are!”

Famous For Nothing A Tribute To Dropkick Murphys

With the permission of Ken Casey and Dropkick Murphys, the compilation features eighteen bands from a wide array of places such as the United States, Sweden, Australia, Germany and Canada and 100% of the proceeds will be donated directly to the Claddagh Fund. Work on the release has been going on for over a year and it promises to deliver an eclectic mix of sounds from celtic-punk to street punk to folk to everything in between. Spanning the Murphys entire career, a wide array of songs have made the final roster for your listening pleasure.

The full track listing is as follows and you can click on the individual band name for more information.

Nowhere USA (Boston) – Never Alone
Blackthorn Billy (San Antonio) – A Few Good Men
BarRoom Heroes (Boston) – Barroom Hero
East End Radicals (Montreal) – Buried Alive

Murder State (Ottawa) – Worker’s Song
Saturday’s Heroes (Finspång) – Surrender
Hoist the Colors (Los Angeles) – Take ‘Em Down
The Ramshackle Army (Melbourne) – State of Massachusetts
Penalty Kill (Boston) – On The Attack
The Lucky Ones (St. Catharine’s) – Get Up
Irish Moutarde (Quebec City) – The Dirty Glass
Skullians (Toronto) – Heroes From Our Past
Machine Gun Dolly (Ottawa) – The Torch
Emscherkurve 77 (Oberhausen) – Fightstarter Karaoke (featuring Al Barr)
Brain Damage (Ottawa) – Curse of a Fallen Soul
The Scally Cap Brats (Ottawa) – Boys On The Docks
Hex Bombs (Kalamazoo) – Forever

and the CD ends with irish-American celtic-punk legends

The Gobshites (Boston) – Shipping Up To Boston

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Official release date is today Tuesday, February 24th, 2015.

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Claddagh FundThe Claddagh Fund was founded in 2009 by Ken Casey of the Dropkick Murphys.  Ken, his bandmates and their families have supported charities throughout the history of the band.  Understanding the power of their position to harness the passion and generosity of their fans, the Claddagh Fund was created to raise funds for and broaden our impact on worthy, underfunded non-profits that support the most vulnerable individuals in our communities.
Utilizing a grassroots approach to fundraising, The Claddagh Fund supports community-based non-profits, with a focus on children and veterans organizations and programs that support alcohol and drug rehabilitation in cities across the country and around the world.

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THE SCALLY CAP BRATS LAUNCH INDIEGOGO CAMPAIGN

Oi! with a folk twist

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For the last couple of months Canadian celtic-punkers The Scally Cap Brats have been working on a new album called ‘Our Storied Past’ and will hopefully be released in October through their own label Take A Shot Records.

“We’ve put our blood, sweat, and tears into this one and I truly believe it is the best work we’ve done to date. It’s a more mature, heartfelt effort than our previous album and is something I desperately want to share with the world”

Now, the band is going to need your help to make that happen. They’ve set up an Indiegogo campaign to fund the release of the album in both CD and vinyl format. All the typical perks you would find in such a campaign plus some cool unique ones. Any little bit helps and it would mean the world to the band if you could contribute. And if you can’t share this link on their facebook, twitter, instagram, etc…

http://igg.me/at/scbalbum/x/8394706

Over the next 30 days of the campaign, we’ll be releasing more details like the song titles, and artwork so stay tuned for that as well. So here’s your chance to help out one of the best bands in the scene and give yourself a nice warm feeling of helping others!

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THE SCALLY CAP BRATS BIOGRAPHY

Scally Cap BratsThe Scally Cap Brats formed in the summer of 2010 out of a chance meeting between Mike Pusiak and Mike Franey. They quickly discovered a mutual love for Punk, Oi! and Celtic music which led to talk about starting a band. The original lineup was then solidified by the fall, with Kevin Grace on Drums and Katherine Maziec on bass. Soon after, a set list was completed. This set would include traditional folk songs, aggressive folk punk, and many songs with an Oi! Influence. It was soon time for the first show, in Ottawa, at Maverick’s bar. No one was sure what to expect beforehand but the band took to the stage with a vengeance, making an immediate impression on the attendees. The Scally Cap Brats tore through their set, bursting with energy and excitement that had the crowd clapping and dancing along all night. After the first show The Scally Cap Brats went on to celebrate St. Patrick’s day by playing two nights at Zaphod’s Beeblebrox. The first night, March 16th, saw the Brats opening up for Celtic Punk legends The Mahones; The second night, March 17th, saw them honour St. Patrick alongside local Oi! juggernauts, the Rookers. It was the beginning of a momentous start for the Scally Cap Brats as they quickly began making a name for themselves throughout the city and beyond.
Scally Cap BratsWith 2012 came several lineup changes Danny DeVille (The Matadors, Sick Sick Sicks) joined the band on bass for a brief period before moving behind the drum kit, while Collin Hanes of Murder State agreed to fill in on Bass. Just one month after Danny’s arrival, The Brats entered the studio to record their debut album, “Let us Drink, For We Must Die”. A 12 track effort featuring catchy celtic riffs, pounding bass, and sing along choruses. You can hear the influence of bands such as Dropkick Murphys, Street Dogs, Stiff Littler Fingers, The Dubliners, and Stan Rogers, yet also hear the band’s own unique voice coming through. The release of this album was celebrated on September 14th, 2012 alongside their good friends, Machine Gun Dolly. The show turned out to be the most raucous, beer soaked show to date for the band, yet it is still just the beginning. Since their first show in February of 2011 The Scally Cap Brats have shared the stage with bands such as The Mahones, Matadors, Koffin Kats, 3tards, The Dreadnoughts, The Oppressed, Prowlers, Planet Smashers, Razors in the Night, Bishops Green and King Size Braces.
Scally Cap Brats2014 will see the release of the band’s second studio album, to go along with their previous 3 EP’s and debut full length. The band’s expanded sound will be showcased, bringing to light a harder edge and mature undertones which will make the album a unique experience that builds on their first but also outshines it in every way. In order to do this, and to bring that same feeling to their live shows, the band also welcomed Christian Rapley this year, on rhythm guitar, to fill out their sound.
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FREE DOWNLOAD: IRISH PUB SONGS COMPILATION (2014)

FREE DOWNLOAD!

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To celebrate Saint Patrick’s Day 2014, and courtesy of GET ROCK MUSIC, we are super pleased to offer you this superb collection of some of the finest celtic-punk bands around to download completely for *FREE*. Seriously this is as good a sampler as you’ll find of what’s alive and kicking and fecking brilliant in the world of celtic-punk 2014. Download link below but you can follow the links to find out more about each band.

TRACKLIST

01. Celkilt (France)- Everyday’s St Patrick’s Day  WebSite
02. Drink Hunters (Catalonia) – Drinking Song  Facebook
03. The Ramshackle Army (Australia) – Boilermaker’s Hands  Facebook  WebSite
04. Auld Corn Brigade (Germany)- Day To Day  WebSite
05. The Vandon Arms (USA) – Streets Of Gold  Facebook
06. Sunday Punchers (South Africa)- Guinness – Facebook
07. Lexington Field (USA) – Crazy Eyes  Facebook  WebSite
08. The Lagan (London)- Fields Of Athenry  Facebook  WebSite
09. Fiddler’s Green (Germany)- A Bottle A Day  WebSite
10. The Detonators (Serbia)- My World  Facebook
11. The Tosspints (USA) – Blood or Whiskey  Facebook
12. Pint Of Stout (Ukraine)- We All Deserve To Die Facebook  Album Review here
13. The Fatty Farmers (Spain) – At The Counter Bar  Facebook
14. Cheers! (Czech Republic)- Cliffs Of Galway  Facebook
15. Fox’n’Firkin (Australia)- 1788  Facebook
16. 1916 (USA)- Wild Rover  WebSite  Facebook
17. Bastards On Parade (Galicia)- Drunken Haze  Facebook
18. The Tossers (USA) – Here’s To A Drink With You  Facebook  WebSite  Album Review here
19. Irish Moutarde (Quebec)- Farewell to Drunkenness  Facebook  Album Review here  Band Interview here
20. LochNesz (Hungary)- Have Another Whisky  Facebook
21. Brutus’ Daughters (Spain) – 6 Beers  Facebook
22. The Scally Cap Brats (Canada) – Dress Sharp, Drink Hard  Bandcamp
23. The Irish Rovers (Canada) – Drunken Sailor  Facebook 
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you can download Irish Pub Songs for free if you wish but there is also an option to donate to the Justice For The Craigavon 2 campaign. Brendan McConville and John Paul Wootton have been locked up unjustly convicted of murder and sentenced to life imprisonment. To find out more information on the case visit
jftc2.com
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So there you have it. The CD clocks in at a whopping 70 minutes + and its not even dominated by North American bands with 15 countries represented on the compilation.
So get downloading, get a drink in your hand and get listening…
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