They will have heard the comparison with The Pogues, Flogging Molly, and Dropkick Murphys all too often, but The Peelers do belong to that list of big names in terms of musical quality. Since 1999 they have immersed themselves in a hotbed of Gaelic culture that smashed head on into a love of whiskey, poetry, footy, debauchery, ska and punk. With their new album Down and Out in the City of Saints they continue their victory march. They are a bunch of great musicians themselves, and guest appearances from Dan Garrison (vocals on the opening track), Craig Weir (bagpipes), Kevin McNeilly (banjo) and Ewen McIntosh (mandolin) make the songs even stronger. Great Celtic punk rock. Actually, the LP has no weak moments, but at least listen to Prizefight, Stick & Move (dedicated to boxer “Spike” O “Sullivan), and Last Glass. Out now digitally and on various limited vinyl editions through Stomp Records.
“And what if this is our last glass // Just know I loved you all along // If all we’ve done is all we have // And all I’ve left you is this song” (Last Glass)
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