SIR REG: 21st Century Loser: CD

Unfortunately, when one throws around phrases like “Irish punk” or “Celtic punk,” images of the Dropkick Murphys usually spring to mind. While I like the Murphys as much as anyone else, realistically, they play street punk with bagpipes. Sir Reg are what I would call true Irish punk in that they play Irish music at hardcore tempos. The mandolins and fiddles have center stage in this and it’s fucking great—I sometimes forget how much I love Irish melodies, and when they’re played like the fiddlers are on amphetamines it’s even better. Imagine the reckless abandon of early-era Pogues combined with the gentler poetic sensibilities of that band’s later incarnations. Awesome.

 –Eric Carlson (Heptown)