Every band last night had their vocals completely buried in the mix. Muddy, murky, and incomprehensible was pretty much the game for the entire night. When you’re dealing with the high, clear vocals of someone like openers Teenage Bottlerocket, it’s not so much an issue, but when you’ve got Al Barr’s rough, gruff singing for Dropkick Murphys
, it becomes a problem. Barr’s voice is pretty iffy, even under the best of circumstances, but under these conditions, it was a guttural, incomprehensible blur for the first 30 minutes of the band’s set.
It was just announced last week that Boston street punks Dropkick Murphys will be hitting the Beaumont as part of their annual St. Patrick’s Day tour. They’ll be landing in Kansas City on Wednesday, March 2, with openers Against Me! for what is sure to be a drunken show.
Velocity Marketing hooked us up with two pairs of tickets to give away, and while it’s quite a few months from now, we figured you could use a little pick-me-up here before the holidays. To enter, send an e-mail with the subject line “Dropkick Murphys contest” to nicholas dot spacek at gmail dot com by 5:00 p.m. on Friday, December 17. That gives you nearly four weeks to enter.
If you don’t want to take your chances, tickets to the all-ages show can be had from Ticketmaster for $25 plus egregious service charges.