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THE MAHONES – ’25 Years Of Irish Punk’ Album Review

THE MAHONES – 25 Years Of Irish Punk The Very Best Of

mahonesFrom an Irish pub to an Academy Award winning movie, The Mahones have come a long way in 24 years! Heralded as pioneers of the Irish punk scene, and internationally recognized as one of the best and hardest working punk outfits around, The Mahones formed on St. Patrick’s Day in 1990, and have been working on their own brand of Irish punk ever since. With a working class ethic and a love of classic punk, the band have released many albums.

Their 10th album, The Black Irish was voted Best Punk Album at The Independent Music Awards (USA), and the band’s hit song Paint The Town Red was featured in the climactic final fight scene of Academy Award winning film The Fighter.  For the past 25 years, The Mahones have released a slew of successful albums, and are world-renowned for an energy-packed, electrifying live show that has garnered them a worldwide base of dedicated fans.

This album represents a recording of their best tracks again and with 21 songs, it’s a classic that every punk rocker should add to their collection. From the mournful bagpipes opener of Scruffys Intro it is clear that we are into classic celtic territory. A Great Night On The Lash mentions Shane Magowan himself and then launches into a romping riot of a song that demands you link arms and dance!

On Paint The Town Red the urge to dance is backed up with a wall of Irish punk sound replete with whistles, the odd “Oi!” chant and a riotous tune! Every track is a winner with “This Ones For Joe Strummer” shout before Give It All You Got a brilliant early standout effort with a nod to The Clash. Lyrically, The Mahones are full of fun and references that work and they never stray far from a good time as evidenced by A Drunken Night In Dublin and Ghost Of A Whiskey Devil where the urge to party is encouraged!

The band tip their cap to the American Irish on the chaotic Across The USA and ballad Streets Of New York. With 21 tracks, it is clear that we are witnessing some seminal celtic punk rock with alcohol consumption celebrated on Queen And Tequila, One Last Shot and Down The Boozer – all are rabble rousing riots of songs!

The band really pay homage to their Irish brethen with a superb cover of Teenage Kicks and an even better rendition of the Stiff Little Fingers classic Alternative Ulster – one of my favorite punk rock songs of all time superbly delivered by The Mahones!

The package is wrapped up with a live recording of Wild Rover from a gig in Italy and it just rocks – I can only imagine the complete anarchy in the audience. There is only one way to close this review – BUY THIS ALBUM – fun, frantic, frenzied and full of fight!!!!

Check out the The Mahones and the album 25 Years Of Irish Punk The Very Best Of at Wolverine Records here.



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