DIRGES, THE: When Laughing Got You Killed: CD

Sep 29, 2008

I’m going to go out on a limb and say this is the best Irish-American folk punk band I’ve heard since the Tossers. One of the things that put me off about this album during the first few listens—and that I’ve now come to see as a strength—is its diversity. Bands that draw on the Irish music have a rich vein of material to borrow from: mournful ballads, frenetic reels, and the madly poetic drinking songs. The Pogues set the standard, and with it, some well-defined parameters. The Dirges will have none of that. The Dirges’ approach to Irish music is to integrate into a larger sphere: folk, roots rock, and punk. The result is a richly textured album that continues to surprise after many, many listens. An extremely impressive debut. 

 –Jim Ruland (Self-released, www.myspace.com/thedirges)

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