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Boston's Dropkick Murphys Showing Post-World Series Pride

Of the Oakland Press

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Few bands of Boston are prouder of their World Series champion Red Sox than Celtic punk rockers the Dropkick Murphys.

The group “kind of became a good luck charm in ‘04” for the team’s last World Series run, according to frontman Al Barr, and it was on hand this year to perform at its Game 7 American League Championship Series win over the Cleveland Indians. And with a second crown in hand, Barr notes that “luckily things have seemed to have carried through.”

They’re on an upswing for Dropkick Murphys, too. The group’s latest album, “The Meanest of Times,” debuted at No. 20 on the Billboard Top 200 in September, the best showing of its six albums.

“I think the only thing we ever set out to do is try to better ourselves in terms of putting a record out we can all be proud of,” explains Barr. “We just kind of write songs and try to put the ones we like best on the record — you know what I mean?

“In doing that, we all feel like ‘The Meanest of Times’ is our best effort, which is a nice thing to be able to say.”

The band may well have gotten an assist from the film world this time out. Director Martin Scorsese used Dropkick Murphy’s “I’m Shipping Up to Boston” in his Academy Award-winning “The Departed,” giving the group a nice blast of mainstream exposure. But Barr isn’t sure how much impact that may have had on the album’s initial success.

“I think there’s definitely some people that have become aware of the band and may have become fans of the band through” the film, he acknowledges. “I’m not gonna deny having a song in a major Hollywood motion picture is huge — especially in the movie of a director that we respect as much as Martin Scorsese.

“So it definitely helped. But whether or not the almost 300,000 people who have downloaded that song are gonna buy ‘The Meanest of Times,’ I don’t know. It would be nice if it works that way, though.”

The Dropkick Murphys, the Briggs, the Tossers and HiFi Handgrenades perform at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday (Nov. 14) at the Fillmore Detroit, 2115 Woodward Ave., Detroit. Tickets are $20. Call (313) 961-5450 or visit www.livenation.com.

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