Acoustic CD Coming October 5

Andrew has recorded a selection of Dropkick ‘classics’ in a very stripped-back, acoustic form to accompany his upcoming solo shows in France and Spain. You will be able to stream or download the 20- track ‘Acoustic Vol.1’ from 5th October at all the usual digital platforms. A CD version will be available at the gigs and a limited quantity will be available via our online shop. You can pre-order now and receive the first track from the album, ‘Hold On’ – the rarely played song from the 2011 album, ‘Time Cuts the Ties’. This track was resurrected in Zaragoza, Spain recently via an unexpected audience request – watch the unrehearsed performance here.

You can also read a recent interview with Andrew here for French music website, Section 26.

Latest Dropkick Album Still Available

Longwave was released in Spring 2018 on Pretty Olivia Records and Sound Asleep Records on 140 gram black Vinyl, CD digipak and digitally via all the usual platforms. We still have a very small quantity of vinyl and CDs in our online shop.

Some words about the album:

‘Yet another near-flawless collection.’
RnR Magazine

‘Another Dropkick album, another cause for celebration ….the harmonies are just glorious.’
Blabber and Smoke

‘This is country pop at its finest…arguably their most innovative and well crafted album yet.’
Maverick Magazine

‘Dropkick’s chiming guitar chords and great harmonies make this a highly recommended album.’
Powerpopaholic

‘The spontaneity and the quality of the songs mean that this is the band’s most compelling album to date, showcasing their melodic invention and talent for melodies….Dropkick have a distinctive voice all of their own.’
The Herald Newspaper

‘Their new album is at A-level’
(Dropkick Spanish translation!)
Ruta 66 Magazine

New album out: Longwave

Dropkick’s new album, Longwave, is out now via Pretty Olivia Records and Sound Asleep Records. Longwave is available on 140 gram black Vinyl with printed inner sleeve, CD digipak and digitally for streaming and download from all the usual platforms.

The album has been called “country power pop at its finest” by Maverick Magazine and has already received significant radio airplay, including BBC Radio Scotland and stations in USA, Germany, France, Sweden, Spain, Japan and Brazil.

You can watch the band recording the album opener, Out of Tune, in their Edinburgh HQ here:

You can also watch our film for the album track, ‘It’s Still Raining’, directed by film maker friend Andy Tucker.

Album Available for Preorder Now: Longwave

The new Dropkick album, Longwave, will be released on 23 March 2018 and you can preorder it now!

The album will be available on vinyl via Pretty Olivia Records (Spain) and as a CD version through Swedish label, Sound Asleep Records. Longwave will also be available digitally for streaming and download. Pre-order information will be available shortly at our online shop.

The 12-track album was written and produced by Andrew Taylor and recorded mostly live by the band in Dropkick’s rehearsal space in Edinburgh, Scotland. Longwave was mastered by former bandmate, Alastair Taylor. The album is also the first to feature the harmonies and bass guitar of new member, Alan Shields.

The line up on Longwave is:

Andrew Taylor – Vocals and Guitars
Mike Foy – Drums
Ian Grier – Keyboards and Guitars
Alan Shields – Bass Guitar and Vocals

With:

Scott Tobin – Additional Bass Guitar
Tim Davidson – Pedal Steel Guitar

Artwork and design on the new record has once again been overseen by the very talented, Edinburgh-based artist and designer, Alan Lennon.

The tracklisting is:

  1. Out of Tune
  2. I Thought I Was OK
  3. It’s Still Raining
  4. Faraway Places
  5. Come Around
  6. Giving Way
  7. All I Understand
  8. Blue Skies
  9. Fed Up Thinking of You
  10. Even When You’re Gone
  11. See You There
  12. Turning of the Tide

To support the record, Dropkick will be playing a number of full band and acoustic gigs over the next few months, including a few instore appearances. For the full list of dates, please click here. We’ll also let you know of any radio appearances around the release date.

Here is the opening song from the record, Out of Tune, recorded acoustically in the stunning setting of Burgos Cathedral, Spain on a cold October morning by Andrew and Alan. Filming by Rodrigo Mena Ruiz.

We also worked with our musician and film maker friend Andy Tucker to create a video for the new song ‘It’s Still Raining’ from the new album. Here is the video:

Acoustic Duo Spanish Tour Dates and Details

New Album

The next Dropkick album has been recorded and mixed and is currently being mastered by our old guitarist, Alastair Taylor. All being well, we are hoping to release this in early 2018 – more details to follow.

Andrew’s Solo Album

Andrew released his first solo album, From the Outside Looking In, with Rock Indiana Records in June. The album received some good reviews and radio airplay including BBC Radio Scotland and Radio 3 Spain. You can read a recent review from The Herald newspaper here.

The CD version of the album is now sold out at our shop, however, you can still stream or download this at the usual sites. Alternatively, you can buy the CD directly from Rock Indiana in Spain or Kool Kat Musik in the USA.

Check out Andrew’s song ‘Won’t You Talk to Me’.

Merchandise

There is currently a 30% off sale at our online shop on all Vinyl, CDs, downloads and T-shirts. Just use the code ‘welcomeal’ at the checkout to redeem.

Finally, thanks very much for your ongoing support. We’re looking forward to getting out to play some tunes again soon and to releasing our new music in early 2018. Cheers!

Gigs

Our first gigs since last year are fast approaching – here are the upcoming dates. We hope to see some of you soon!

Line-up Change

A few months ago, Scott signalled his intention to take a break from playing music so, very sadly, has left Dropkick for the 2nd time in his career! Scott first joined us in 2008 for a couple of years before re-joining in 2013. Over the years we’ve had some amazing experiences with him and wish Scott all the very best for his musical retirement and say thanks for the huge contribution he has made to our music.

Thankfully, we have found a very willing and capable replacement in our old musical chum, Al Shields. A wonderful singer / songwriter in his own right, Al is also a very talented bassist and has been working with us during the last couple of months at Dropkick HQ, recording and rehearsing.

Here is a recent clip from Dropkick HQ of us rehearsing a couple of tunes.