No egos, no divas just working class men having a good time.
Back in 2012 in the deepest darkest Shire, Wiltshire in a town called Calne a bunch of mates came together and feeling bored with heavy metal decided to get a celtic punk band together. They called themselves Mick O’Toole. Named from a character in a song from fellow celtic-punk local legends The Boys Of County Hell who have been the major inspiration for the band along with likes of The Dropkick Murphys, Flogging Molly, Gogol Bordello and The Pogues not to mention many other great punk bands such as The Clash, The Sex Pistols,The Adverts and Rancid. Mick O’Toole’s great sound comes from combining the ethos of punk with traditional folk music. With their first EP ‘Deep In Cider’ they set the benchmark sky high but managed to outdo even that with the release last year of ‘1665 Pitchfork Rebellion’ and it has shaken the celtic-punk world. Going on to claim EP of the year at both Celtic Folk Punk And More (here) and us as well (here) in our ‘Best Of 2015’ list. With hundreds of gigs behind them including blowing down the house at the London Celtic Punks New Years Eve bash in Camden the bhoys have but one goal. To keep making music that brings people together for a good ole knees up and a grand old sing along. They showcased this new single at that gig and it went down super well. Have a listen via the Bandcamp player below or the YouTube video above and I’m sure you will agree. Fast, furious, folky punky fun with a serious message of unity. The story goes that the inspiration for the song was hearing Johnny Rotten sticking it to the man while being interviewed by Jon Snow for the Channel 4 news programme.
‘Vile, nonsense, stupidity, lying and deceit. Modern politicians right now are uneducated morons and over privileged. Really bloody learn to love each other properly cause you only get one go at it”
“Come gather round people politicians are preachingThe white Collars heating the fire of fearingTo scare us to war to fight for meaningThat wide open eyes have trouble in seeingSo black out your senses and all of your feelingsLet hatred immerse leave sympathy hiddenYeah you boys and girls and people of agesHate on our neighbours for different agendasWe will go to war We will kill them allIt makes no sense at all But we still go to warSo why don’t we question what we’re toldWhen we fall like trees to the authoritiesThey’ll take what they want They’ll use all they needCut us wide open for their pleasure and greedThey abuse us, they use us, they tear us apartTurn the lights off so we can’t see in the darkWe’re pawns in their games they use us to shield their comfortable lives as we die in the fieldsWe’re all brothers and sisters, we’re daughters and sons, fathers and mothers we all come from oneSo why aren’t we all at peaceIt’s time to take back the world that is oursLet’s parade through the street and party all hoursLet’s refuse to conform to the hierarchy of oldWe’re all this together no more us against the worldLoad up guns and sharpen knives Strap bombs to yourself your kids and your wivesThe powers have spoken and we have forgottenThat we’re here to love not for death and destruction”
Special guest vocals on the track are supplied by the Jamie Oliver of the UK Subs and was recorded, mixed and mastered by George Lever at G1 Production. Extra instruments and writing credits go to ex-O’Toole and all round top fella Johnny ‘Reprobate’ Edwards. Yet another great track from Mick O’Toole and the news we have all been wanting to hear from them is that they will be hitting the recording studio again soon and with several of the celtic-punk scene’s most favoured bands set to have 2016 album releases I am certain Mick O’Tooles will rival any of them for the Best Of 2016!