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Sir Reg ‘The Underdogs’ Album Review Despotz Records September 21, 2018 By Nina McCarthy, Sr Music Journalist Boston Rock Radio

The Underdogs’ Album Review

Despotz Records

September 21, 2018

By Nina McCarthy, Sr Music Journalist

Boston Rock Radio

 

 

When I heard the name Sir Reg, Celtic punk rock was the farthest thing from my mind...and from Sweden?  With a gentle nudge from the publicist, I went back to check out this band that I had inadvertently overlooked in my masses of email, and holy hell, I loved it!  The Dropkick Murphys are our local boys here in Boston and I am a fan so I was excited for some more Celtic punk. If you are a fan of the Dropkicks, Flogging Molly, The Pogues, and similar bands, grab a Guinness and take a listen Sir Reg’s latest and fifth release The Underdogs. Why am I only hearing of this sextet now?

 

Vocalist Brendan Sheehy moved from Ireland to Sweden and began his quest for band members.  Over the seven years it took to reach that goal, Brendan played covers in pubs with his current fiddler player, Karin Ulvin.  The Underdogs avoids the seemingly popular topic of Celtic punk, political wrongdoings and instead focuses on the underdog, or “everyone who is trying to reach the top of their game but is met with next to impossible odds,” states Sheehy.  Who hasn’t felt like that and needs to adjust our thinking to believe in ourselves?  The first song of the album is the title track, “Underdogs” and tells those underdogs to get out of our way and from the very first notes I wanted to get up and do a jig.

 

“FOOL (Fight Of Our Lives)” was the first released single and deals with pulling yourself back from the brink the minute you feel all hope is lost with lyrics like, “get down from the ledge and we’ll give them the fight of our lives.” What is Celtic punk rock songs without drinking songs? Don’t you worry about that. There are also drinking songs on this album including “Giving It Up (The Drink)” and “Stereotypical Drunken Feckin’ Irish Song,” which is quite comical and tells a cute little story. These type of songs always make for great pub sing alongs. The 11 track album concludes with “Sinner of the Century” which is a beautiful duet with Brendan’s cousin Caoimhe, an accomplished guitarist and singer herself, and much different than the rest of the album. She also provides backup vocals in “The Stopover.”

 

The Underdogs is everything I love about Celtic punk. It’s filled with fiddle and mandolin combined perfectly with the traditional rock instrumentation and it makes you want to dance, sing along, and grab another pint. I can only imagine the rowdy experience of seeing Sir Reg live and hope I get that chance some day.

 

Brendan Sheehy – Lead vocals
Karin Ulvin – Fiddle
Chris Inoue – Guitar
Filip Burgman – mandolin
Mattias Soderlund – Bass
Mattias Liss - Drums

 

www.sirregband.com

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