Dropkick Murphys formed in 1996 in Boston. The band was originally just a bunch of friends looking to play music for fun. They got started playing in the basement of a friend’s barbershop with the intent to blend the musical influences they had grown up with (Punk Rock, Irish Folk, Rock and Hardcore) into one loud, raucous, chaotic, and often out of tune mix. It’s like Gangs of New York came to yr VFW hall, but with a much less gruesome ending.
Where Going Out in Style told the story of a fictional character named Cornelius Larkin, complete with an obituary written by Michael Patrick MacDonald for the liner notes, Signed and Sealed in Blood has no such constraints. “This is just the opposite of that,” bassist Ken Casey explains, “Just us having fun and making the most catchy, singalong kind of songs we can. It’s not that the last album wasn’t fun. It was. Going Out in Style is one of the records I’m most proud of … This time we cut loose.”
But he does feel that Signed and Sealed in Blood is also “almost a continuation of Going Out in Style in a musical sense. There’s an upbeat, party vibe to it. A lot of these songs, we were having such a good time writing them and just enjoying the writing process. It’s the quickest we’ve released an album, ever, after another.”