Dropkick Murphys have today released a teaser from their highly anticipated new album, This Machine Still Kills Fascists.
Accompanied by a music video, the “Two 6’s Upside Down” single is taken from the Woody Guthrie-inspired LP that is slated for release digitally and on CD on September 30 via the band’s label Dummy Luck Music / [PIAS] (opens in new tab).
A special edition vinyl is due out in November.
Taking a new stylistic direction while fully embracing acoustic guitars, This Machine Still Kills Fascists contains lyrics written by folk legend Woody Guthrie that were carefully curated by his daughter, Nora Guthrie.
Speaking of their latest single, Dropkick Murphys’ founder Ken Casey said, "'Two 6's Upside Down' is acoustic, but it's still tough. It's edgy and these lyrics are menacing.
“We just wanted to show right out of the gate that even though this album is acoustic, it's still going to have some fire.”
Featuring the Woody Guthrie statue from his native Okemah, Oklahoma, the "Two 6's Upside Down" video also contains footage of the band performing the song to an enthusiastic European festival crowd…
Produced by the band’s long-time collaborator Ted Hutt (opens in new tab), Dropkick Murphys tracked This Machine Still Kills Fascists at Tulsa’s The Church Studio (opens in new tab) located near Woody Guthrie’s place of birth and the Woody Guthrie Center (opens in new tab).
During the recording, the band immersed themselves in the spirit of the occasion, visiting Woody’s hometown and treading the same streets.
Inspired by his poignant lyrics – much of which rings eerily true today – Dropkick Murphys ended up recording enough material for not one but two full-length albums.
The second instalment is due to be released next year.
In the meantime, the band are scheduled to kick off their first ever seated theater tour in October in support of the new record.
Pre-order This Machine Still Kills Fascists here (opens in new tab).
Rod Brakes is a music journalist with an expertise in guitars. Having spent many years at the coalface as a guitar dealer and tech, Rod's more recent work as a writer covering artists, industry pros and gear includes contributions for leading publications and websites such as Guitarist, Total Guitar, Guitar World (opens in new tab), Guitar Player (opens in new tab) and MusicRadar (opens in new tab) in addition to specialist music books, blogs and social media. He is also a lifelong musician.
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