Blood Or Whiskey Biography:
It’s a year since Blood or Whiskey returned to the live circuit with their rammed gig at The Workman’s Club in Dublin on April 21st 2012.
Understandably likened to The Pogues, but the bands influences lead their sound to be more accurately described as a hybrid of The Dubliners meets The Clash. Having released 2 EP’s & 3 albums (Cashed Out On Culture still widely regarded internationally as an Irish gem), with 2 tours of the East Coast of America (one with Dropkick Murphy’s), a regular feature at the Rebellion Festival over the last 8 years (Morecambe, Dublin & Blackpool), and a tour of Japan under their belts, other career highlights included; supporting SLF on an entire UK tour, opening for the likes of Manu Chao, Rancid & The Pogues, playing Oxegen (2009), Reading & Leeds (2010), Blood Or Whiskey have covered a lot of ground in their career to date.
The band played some select festivals in the UK in August, returning to Rebellion in Blackpool and Reading & Leeds (having wowed the crowds there in 2010 on the Lock Up Stage!). They played Arthur’s Day in Dublin in September and opened for old chums Rancid in November at the SOLD OUT Academy Dublin. A trip around Germany in December and a stop-off in Cork rounded off the year nicely.
2013 opened with a bang with the band securing a place on the bill with Frank Turner and Dropkick Murphys, at their SOLD OUT Dublin show. With a new album set for release in September 2013 (Tell the Truth and Shame the Devil), they have a busy year ahead. Early April saw them take in a ten date jaunt across Europe, stopping in the Netherlands, Germany, Switzerland and Belgium. What these dates have shown is that not only have the band retained fans from the past but they have also found a new audience. In May they are back out with more dates across Germany, the Czech Republic & Austria, with plenty more gigging activity to follow.
Blood or Whiskey are still playing many of the old classics as well as airing some of the highly-anticipated new material. Renowned for their raucous shows, the reenergized band deliver their signature blend of Celtic punk like their lives depended on it! Go see
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