Against Me! join Boston punks on the road
The Dropkick Murphys swaggered into Denver Tuesday, bringing with them kilted fans, Irish pride and a serious drain on the Fillmore's supply of Jameson whiskey.
As is his wont, singer Al Barr went into the crowd almost immediately, scaling the venue's barricade to visit with the mosh pit while the rest of the Quincy, Mass., band tore through Celt-punk songs including "The Gang's All Here," Road of the Righteous" and "I'm Shipping Up to Boston" (from "The Departed"). The concert was everything the Murphy's always offer — hard-edged, blue-collar rock apologetic for neither its labor-friendly politics nor its tough-guy lyrics.
Openers Against Me! put on nearly a full concert of their own, reaching deep into their albums "White Crosses," "New Wave"" and "Searching for a Former Clarity." While the Florida band's sound has increasingly turned toward power-pop recently, they Irished themselves up significantly at this show, delivering all the fist-pumping rage Murphys fans expected. Singer Tom Gabel, who apparently hasn't gotten a haircut since he was last here in July 2010, looked like Jeff Daniels in "Dumb and Dumber," but his vocals were spot on. — Matt Farley