Dropkick Murphys / Bite The Bullet

Dropkick Murphys / Bite The Bullet: live in Poultney, VTlive in Poultney, VT (2003)
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Reviewer Rating: 5

Contributed by: OnTheAttackOnTheAttack
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Saturday, March 29th, I found myself in Poultney, VT to see the Dropkick Murphys play a show at Green Mountain College. This was an odd show for the band, playing at a random college in the middle of nowhere. As big as the Murphys have become, I expected a somewhat large crowd to show. But, I guess .

Saturday, March 29th, I found myself in Poultney, VT to see the Dropkick Murphys play a show at Green Mountain College. This was an odd show for the band, playing at a random college in the middle of nowhere. As big as the Murphys have become, I expected a somewhat large crowd to show. But, I guess due to the surroundings, the crowd was limited to about 200 people. While the college itself may have been disappointed, this made the show much more intimate and fun for long time fans like myself.

While originally slated to perform alone, DKM brought a new band from the Boston area called Bite The Bullet. The best description I can give is rock & roll with a little bit of Nugent and CCR thrown in. They put on a solid performance and their record(which they are about to record) should be interesting.

I talked to Ken Casey before the show, and he wasn't too thrilled about the barricades in front of the stage. Along with the barricades was a group of overzealous security guards. I think the college definitely went a little overboard, especially for such a small crowd. Regardless, the show was great. A 24 song set, with a decent mix of old and new songs. "Fields of Athenry" from their new album(and the second Atticus comp) was one of my favorites of the night, along with older songs like "On The Attack" and "In The Streets of Boston". Unlike there other shows, there was no fake encore, and everything ran smoothly. Surprisingly, security was nowhere to be found after the show and we got to hang out with the band afterwards. Even after seeing them 3 times in as many weeks, I still am not tired of DKM, and the show was almost as good as the St. Patricks day show. Now, let the shit talking commence.


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Anonymous (May 30, 2006)

DKM and FM!Good muzik!Good muzik!Give me the beer bitch!They really make my mind start thinking i'm a real irish boy!But i'm not!Cheers!I like The pogues and the Dubliners too!Great bands!Great ugly peoples!I like them!:)

Anonymous (September 19, 2003)


TurboACsOwnYou (April 10, 2003)

im gonna have to say nirvana is sooo 90's ahahaaa

Anonymous (April 9, 2003)

Kurt Cobain's lyrics are nonsense. Pure crap.

evildeadalive (April 9, 2003)

You could do it too, huh? Let's see it. I mean if you could sell 90 million albums, why not? Go for it buddy. Good luck!

Anonymous (April 8, 2003)

Nirvana is nothing special... Just high distortion and whiny nonsense lyrics. I could do it too. The best thing about that band is that the guitarist from the Germs toured with them towards the end. Nirvana sucks compared to the DKM.

Anonymous (April 8, 2003)

dkm are far inferior to nirvana... asshole.

Anonymous (April 7, 2003)

Flogging Molly is never gonna make a "Do or Die".

DKM are my favorites, because they have a lot more spirit, and an (oddly) positive, yet rebelious outlook. Much better than all of these "Its all hopeless" bands like the Distillers, Nirvana and F-Minus.

Anonymous (April 6, 2003)

meh i personaly like flogging molly more because they sound more celtic influenced, are more catchy, and they are not a hard rock band! Dkm i also like alot but not as much

Anonymous (April 6, 2003)

are dkm skins? i saw them once and looking at the crowed, there was this rather large contingent of scary looking bald men with big scary tattoos and suspenders. i wanted my mommy.

Anonymous (April 6, 2003)

To the poster right below me, Duh.

Still, DKM kicks ass live, if not on record.

FM: shit

Anonymous (April 6, 2003)

the pogues are better than dkm or fm will ever be...

TurboACsOwnYou (April 5, 2003)


Foggy ass is more like it.

And its a shame they didnt play do or die when i was there, it was the only song i wanted to hear.

Altho, they did that hockey fight shit, that was cool. But they should have plyaed fightstarter karoke when that shit was going on.. idiots

lalombriz (April 5, 2003)

BMG- flogging molly does not have bagpipes, however they do have a tin whistle and a mandolin...

i love both dkm and fm... they are both awesome bands and they both use celtic influences really well... i refuse to try and compare them, they are both really awesome bands...

although i've seen fm 4 times already, i still need to see dkm, but i'm sure they'll put on an awesome show when i do see them...

anyways... i think the review could have had a little more of a punch to it... just missing something... i don't know...

but thanks for reviewing this show :)

Anonymous (April 5, 2003)

"Additionally they really, no really gotta douche that sinead o connor intro shit.. please its horrible"Its the Chieftans featuring Sinead O'Connor and dont bash the intro dude. Dont fuck with the Foggy Dew unless you can handle it.Oh, and TurboACOwnsYou or whatever your name was, they ussually do play Do or Die, Blood and Whisky, and at all the shows this St Patricks Day (well at least the 2 I saw) they played Caught in a Jar. But they also have other albums that they need to play stuff from, like The Gangs all Here and Sing loud Sing Proud, they cant just stick to one album.

Anonymous (April 5, 2003)

Green Mountain College... BEST... COLLEGE.... EVER!!!

OnTheAttack (April 5, 2003)

haha. thanks for the compliments. its my first review, what can I say.

Anonymous (April 5, 2003)

Trust me guys, there have been worse reviews than this one.

TurboACsOwnYou (April 5, 2003)

Yo.. I wish i could have seen that show when they opened with Cadence to Arms. I was there monday and they still need to play more than just skinhead, and barroom hero off do or die. Additionally they really, no really gotta douche that sinead o connor intro shit.. please its horrible

Anonymous (April 4, 2003)


OnTheAttack (April 4, 2003)

i would say they're closer to street punk minus the irish influence. can't really stand ska.

Anonymous (April 4, 2003)

i saw them on st.pattys day and they kick so much ass its unbeleivable. They kick flogging molly's ass and all challengers to the scally punk crown

Anonymous (April 4, 2003)

I like them both but I like DKM a lot better than Flogging Molly. I think its because, when you strip away the Irish influence, DKM are a punk/ska type band and Flogging Molly are closer to straight up hard rock than punk. and straight up hard rock is pretty boring.

Anonymous (April 4, 2003)

I loathe the Dropkick Murphys. AND Flogging Molly.

TheOneTrueBill (April 4, 2003)

I agree with BostonMusicGuy on everything except the "Flogging Molly is a great band" thing. I can't stand those fuckers

Anonymous (April 4, 2003)

i love dropkicks, and i love flogging molly. i've seen em both many a time. i think DKM is a much better, much more crowd oriented band, and flogging molly plays a more happy, dance along show. They're both great at what they do.
and the same is true for Al Bar, and Mike M. (i cant spell and am not going to try). I think Al is a more talented singer, but Mikes voice fit those songs perfectly. I love em both, just as i love the bruisers and street dogs (eventhough mike's voice is very different now). As for playing old stuff, when i saw em st. pattys weekend, they played Denial and in the streets of boston. thats old shit. plus a bruisers cover. hell yeah. they still rock, and im glad theyre gettting recognized for their talent. o yeah, boston music guy, flogging molly has a mandolin player.

BostonMusicGuy (April 4, 2003)

Here come the masses of "Flogging Molly is so much better than DKM" or "Why doesnt DKM play their older songs anymore?" or "Mike McColgan was so much better than Al Barr" comments. Well let me tell you this. Flogging Molly are not to be compared, they are 2 totally different bands. They both mix Irish folk music and punk rock but Flogging Molly does it totally different than DKM ever did. Hell Flogging Molly doesnt even have a bagpipe player or mandolin or tin whistle and DKM has never had a violin player. They are both good bands leave it at that. As for never playing older songs, I saw them twice over St Patrick's Day weekend and on Sunday they played about half of the songs from Do or Die, if not more. Plus the fact that they opened up with Cadence to Arms instead of For Boston.As for Mike McColgan being better than Al Barr, they have 2 totally different vocal stylings and performance attitudes that shouldnt be compared. Al Barr does what he does better than Mike did and Mike did what he did better than Al did. Plus the fact that even McColgan thinks that Al Barr is an incredible replacement for him.You know what, who cares. I think the Dropkick Murphys are the best band ever and I shouldn't have to defend my opinion... so I wont continue to. Later.-BostonMusicGuy

Anonymous (April 4, 2003)

after listening to both Dropkick Murphys and flogging molly, i decided that while flogging molly is melodic, energetic, and actually combines celtic music and punk, DKM just make me want to purge. If you like DKM, you should be ashamed.

Anonymous (April 4, 2003)

wow. 1st comment. work sux!

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