|The Pubcrawlers - 'Rogues, Outlaws & Drunks' (Self Released)|
|Written by Ben Hughes|
|Monday, 13 July 2015 03:20|
I must admit to being a bit disorganised with my review CDs the last few years. On my table I have a pile of 'to do', a pile of 'maybe if I run out of good stuff' and a pile of CDs that become coasters. Once in a while I go through them as they change in height and all piles blend into one and I end up with press releases everywhere... am I alone here?
Every now and then a rogue few will inadvertently try to escape down the back of the table and this is where I recently found this album from Portland, Maine-based Celtic Punks, The Pubcrawlers, stuffed behind a bag of blank CD cases.
The reason I'm telling you this? Well 'Rogues, Outlaws & Drunks' came out back in 2012, I pondered as to whether I should bother to review it now, is it even relevant, they might have even split up before I review it? (That has happened a few times) But it has some damn fine artwork, with a bit of a check it seems to still be their current album and it just so happens that it's a bloody rollicking good time from start to finish, so let's dive into the shenanigans.
The good thing about most Celtic Punk bands is you know what you're going to get... a bloody good time and The Pubcrawlers are no different. If you dig anyone from The Dropkick Murphys to The Urban Voodoo Machine on to The Pogues and beyond you will find something to love here. Every song will make you want to grasp a flagon of ale in one arm, the nearest wench in the other and dance in circles like your life depends on it, that is a fact.
How can you not like a band who have a dude called Seth on mandolin and another called Travis on bagpipes and whistle amongst their ranks? This bunch of vagabonds and ne'er do wells make every day seem like St Patrick's Day with raucous drinking songs such as 'Where Oh Where' and the self-explanatory 'Drunk Again'.
Yes, 'Rogues, Outlaws & Drunks' is well piratey, there are sea shanties aplenty like 'Davey Jones' Locker' and 'Dead Men Tell No Tails', songs that would feel just as home on the seven seas as blaring from an Irish drinking establishment.
There's proper spikey and gnarly Punk Rock as well though, catch some "oi-oi" goodness in 'Hooligans', mandolins and fiddles at breakneck speed in 'The Last Outlaw/The Road To Lisdoonvarna' that actually come on like The Game Of Thrones theme tune. A bagpipe led rendition of 'Auld Lang Syne' may seem unnecessary, but punked-up with plenty of gang vocals going on, it's actually quite a laugh.
No Celtic Punk inspired album would be complete without a few traditional arrangements getting an overhaul and The Pubcrawlers are no different. Traditional Irish folk song 'Dicey Reilly', a light-hearted tale if a drunken Irish lady, is given a full on Pogues like over haul. There's even a pumped up rendition of Kenny Rogers 'Gambler' thrown in for good measure.
'Rogues, Outlaws & Drunks' does exactly what it says on the tin and it's all done with the utmost passion and desire to have a good time and a good few drinks along the way. A soundtrack to a right good old knees up down the pub on a Saturday night and the most fun you can have with your clothes on.
My computer desk is organised, my CDs are in order, Pubcrawlers send me another, I'll get it done by Christmas... maybe.