SUMMER OF ‘92: Long Kesh: CD

Mar 07, 2013

If there’s anything I don’t typically love, it’s “Celtic” or “folk” punk. It all reeks of tradition, patriotism, machismo, and organized sports: things that I think should maintain at least some distance from punk rock. Sure, there are exceptions—The Pogues being a prime example—but for the most part, this just isn’t my thing, and on first listen, Long Kesh was a record I dreaded reviewing. It opens with a track that conjures clinking beer-steins and Maritime-accented chanting. Delving a little more deeply though, I came to fully appreciate the darker undertones of the record, the melancholia of the lyrics, and the more-than-a-few Stubbs-y nods. So yes, there are certainly “folky” elements to this record, but it’s not so easily pigeonholed. It’s not corny, it’s by no means funny, and it’s furious and fist-pumping in that great American Steel way (as opposed to that Dropkick Murphys or Flogging Molly way). Really quite impressed.

 –Dave William (Self-released,