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Post-"Boondock Saints," Dirges sing a happier tune

of the Oakland Press

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The Dirges have been together and playing Celtic-flavored punk rock since 2001. But it’s been the past couple of years, since the group placed three songs — including a cover of The Skids’ “The Saints are Coming” and its own “Better Days” — on the soundtrack to the “Boondock Saints” sequel “All Saints Day,” that the world at large has been singing The Dirges’ praises.

“We made a little money off of the movie, so we just put it right back in to coming out to tour,” says frontman Francis DeAngelo, 39, who’s hoping the group can also capitalize off of shows the Dirges played as part of the Boondock Saints’ 10th Anniversary Tour.

“It was like going to a Trekkie convention,” DeAngelo recalls, “people would just be lined up around the block with their posters, trying to get a glimpse of the boys. We usually get to play in front of a couple of hundred people, and out there we were in front of 1,200 people a night, so hopefully we’ll get some of those people to come back and see us on our own.”

DeAngelo says The Dirges have “a bunch of songs ready to go” for their next album and are getting record company interest thanks to the “Boondock Saints” connection. But however it comes out, he promises it will take a different course than the group’s previous releases.

“It’s definitely not as Irish punk-sounding as the older stuff,” he explains. “It’s a lot more like an independent rock sort of deal mixed with folk. It’s a little more accessible, really, so we don’t feel pigeonholed into the Irish punker sort of thing.”

The Dirges perform Friday, Nov. 5, at the Pike Room in The Crofoot, 1 S. Saginaw St., Pontiac. Doors open at 8 p.m. Tickets are $10 in advance, $12 at the door. Call 248-858-9333 or visit www.thecrofoot.com.

Web Site: www.thecrofoot.com

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