To celebrate the release of ‘Balance the Light’, we have a new t-shirt available in our shop and also at upcoming gigs. The navy blue t-shirt is available in Small, Medium, Large and Extra Large sizes.
We’re delighted to announce the new Dropkick album, ‘Balance The Light’, will be released on 25th March 2016. The album is the first to feature returning member Roy W. Taylor and was record mostly live, produced once again by Andrew Taylor in Dropkick’s Edinburgh HQ. The 10 track album will be released in partnership between Sound Asleep Records and Rock Indiana Records and will be available as a download, CD digipak and 180 gram vinyl. ‘Balance The Light’ will be available via Amazon, itunes, Google play, Spotify and other online retailers and can also be pre-ordered in our shop. Every pre-order will receive an immediate download of the album track ‘Slow Down’ and we will also email you a link to download a bonus EP featuring 3 non-album tracks.
‘Balance The Light’ also features album artwork from acclaimed Edinburgh-based artist and designer, Alan Lennon, returning to work with the band for a third release.
To celebrate the release of the album, Dropkick are playing some shows in April, including our very first trip to Germany and a special double bill hometown concert with our friends The Wynntown Marshals.
As another Scottish summer approaches, we’re packing our sun cream, tents and umbrellas and are heading out on the road north to play some shows. We’re delighted to be travelling with our old friends, Attic Lights from Glasgow. 10 years ago Dropkick and Attic Lights played some of our first shows together around the country in an often ramshackle, but very enjoyable tour and we’re very much looking forward to spending time again with one of our favourite bands.
Here are the dates:
- Thu 16th July – Twa Tams, Perth 8pm
- Fri 17th July – Mad Hatter’s@ Hootananny, Inverness 9pm
- Sat 18th July – The Greenshouse, Dingwall (acoustic afternoon gig 2pm)
- Sat 18th July – The Arch Inn, Ullapool 9pm
- Fri 31st July – Sneaky Pete’s, Edinburgh 7pm
These are likely to be our last shows of the year as we continue to promote our two most recent releases, ‘Homeward’ and the compilation album, ‘Good Vibes: The Dropkick Songbook Vol.1’. To help you avoid the summertime blues, we have a scorching July sale at the moment with 40% off ALL Dropkick CDs, Downloads and Vinyl. Just visit our shop and use the code ‘summer’ to redeem the discount.
The next album is almost written and we’re looking forward to recording some new songs at Dropkick HQ in the coming months with a 2016 release already pencilled in.
In the meantime, we recorded part of a recent rehearsal to share with you. Here are a few songs from the ‘Homeward’ album. As ever, please help us spread the word about the band via twitter, facebook and youtube. We really value your ongoing support and very look forward to seeing some of you this Summer.
Andrew, Mike, Ian, Scott and Roy
We have been busy at Dropkick HQ in Edinburgh enjoying the new band line up and rehearsing a huge number of songs, old and new. We are really looking forward to playing some shows this year to continue to promote our two recent releases, ‘Homeward’ and the compilation album, ‘Good Vibes: The Dropkick Songbook Vol.1’.
Upcoming confirmed dates can be found on Upcoming Shows page.
It is with a heavy heart that we have to announce the departure from Dropkick of founding member, Alastair Taylor. Alastair let us all know nearly a year ago that he wanted a break from being in a band and to gives his ears a rest! To those of you who follow what we do, you’ll know Alastair has written some great Dropkick songs and contributed an enormous amount to our sound over the years, particularly his vocal harmonies. We won’t miss that pink Stratocaster though!!
Here is what Al says:
Leaving Dropkick was probably the hardest decision I’ve ever had to make. I spent 20 years playing in the band (more than half my life!) so I am really going to miss it. There have been some great adventures along the way, our first proper tour of Scotland in 2006 being one of the highlights. Writing a Christmas song about my favourite seafood and managing to get it played on national radio several times is also right up there… To be able to finish my Dropkick career with an amazing tour of Spain really was like “living the dream” and that week will live in my memory forever. Knowing that my last ever Dropkick gig was in one of my favourite cities Palma, Mallorca is also special for me. I’ve met so many brilliant people along the way: musicians, promoters, DJs and fans, many of whom I’d now regard as friends. And to all the members of Dropkick, past and present (and especially my brother Andrew who’s had to put up with me for the longest), thank you for the memories and good luck for the future.
While we’re very sad at Alastair leaving, we’re delighted to announce the return of Roy Taylor to the band on guitar and vocals. Roy wrote, played and sang with Dropkick originally between 2006 and 2010, on the albums ‘Turning Circles’, ‘Dot the i’, ‘Patchwork’ and ‘Abelay Hotel’. We had a our first full band rehearsal last night and are really excited now about getting out to play some gigs with the new line up this year. More news soon.
Cheers and thanks for everything Al, hello again Roy and thanks to all of you for your continued support of all things Dropkick.
Andrew, Scott, Ian and Mike
The band has just returned from a highly successful headline tour of Spain to promote the new album, ‘Homeward’ and the Rock Indiana Records compilation, Good Vibes: The Dropkick Songbook Vol.1.
The tour included gigs in San Sebastian, Bilbao, Barcelona, Valencia, Madrid and Palma.
Here is a short tour diary of our travels:
A new Dropkick album ‘Good Vibes: The Dropkick Song Book Vol. 1’ will be released on 13th October 2014 on Rock Indiana Records of Spain. CDs will be available direct from Rock Indiana and you can pre-order the album in download format from Dropkick’s Bandcamp page. The album is made up of new recordings of 12 of Dropkick’s best known songs, originally released between 2001-2008. The full tracklisting is:
2. Only For Yourself
4. Give It Back
5. Figure It Out
6. Good Vibes
7. Crisps And Irn Bru
8. Dog And Cat
9. Where I’m From
10. Open Door
11. Can’t Help It
12. When The Summer Comes Around
The band will also be touring Spain in October, including gigs in San Sebastian, Bilbao, Barcelona, Valencia, Madrid and Palma.
Dropkick’s new album Homeward is now available to order from the band’s Bandcamp page. Released on on 18th April 2014 on the band’s own label Taylored Records, the album is available in CD digipack, 180 gram vinyl and download formats, with an option to buy the CD and vinyl together for a special price of only £15 + postage. The album features new artwork from the acclaimed Scottish Artist, Alan Lennon (http://www.lennon-art.co.uk/)
The album received an excellent 4 star review in Maverick magazine where they describe it as having “an originality that defies explanation … Wilco meets the Shins in Scotland”.
You can watch the video of the track Halfway Round Again below. The album is also available on iTunes, Amazon and many other places, including several record shops in Scotland. For a full list, click here. The track Halfway Round Again is also available to download for free from Bandcamp, where you can also listen to the whole album.