The Walker Roaders have released their first single ‘Will You Go Lassie Go’ - listen to it here!
Members from Irish music groups The Pogues, Flogging Molly, and Dropkick Murphys have joined together to form a new ‘supergroup’ called The Walker Roaders.
Featuring James Fearnley of The Pogues, Ted Hutt of Flogging Molly, and Marc Orrell of Dropkick Murphys, the Walker Roaders are set to release their self-titled debut album on August 23 which “splices anthems of Celtic-Punk with the exalted poetry of The Pogues.”
Speaking of how the group came to be, Fearnley said: "I'd come across Ted loads since arriving in Los Angeles years ago – socially, gastronomically, not least musically, beginning with Brad Wood suggesting me to play accordion on an album Ted was producing. It developed from there.”
“Marc, I knew from Dropkick Murphys opening for the Pogues one Christmas. And then he surfaced in L.A. It was an opportunity too good to pass up to bring us together with others I’d played with that had talent, an instrument, and an ear."
The Walker Roaders’ debut album features nine original songs that span the genre, "from a scathing breakneck ballad of defiance and dread (‘Lord Randall’s Bastard Son’ which hews close to Dylan’s ‘A Hard Rain’s A-Gonna Fall’), through songs with spacious melodies, such as the Korea-inspired ‘Seo Yun’ telling a tale of dispossession and desire, including an homage to Rod Stewart and The Faces (at a latitude well north of balmy as in ‘Here Comes The Ice’) and a tolling waltz – ‘The Blackbird Only Knows One Song’ – drawn from that well in The Pogues' repertoire from which were winched such songs as ‘Kitty’ and ‘And The Band Played Waltzing Matilda.’"
The track listing for The Walker Roaders debut album is:
- Lord Randall's Bastard Son
- Seo Yun
- Will You Go Lassie Go
- The Story Has An End
- A Meteor At A Time
- Old Tar Road To Sligo
- The Blackbird Only Knows One Song
- Here Comes The Ice
- Turned Out Nice Again
While 2019 US tour dates are expected to be announced soon, The Walker Roaders have already played a number of venues in Hollywood including the Palladium on Sunset Boulevard where they opened for Dropkick Murphys, the Hi-Hat in Highland Park, Zebulon in Atwater Village, and Molly Malone’s Irish Pub on Fairfax Ave, the birthplace of Flogging Molly.
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