The Dropkick Murphys, for those of you who don't know them, are a Celtic-american punk rock band from Boston. I'm a big fan.
On their Facebook page they write:
In addition to hopefully bringing people together for a good time, we hope to share some of our experiences and beliefs in working class solidarity, friendship, loyalty and self- improvement as a means to bettering society.
The band has been influenced by punk bands like Stiff Little Fingers, Swinging Utters, The Clash, and Sex Pistols, as well as Irish rock band The Pogues. They also have been influenced by AC/DC and the Ramones.
The band has over the years been involved with various working class causes and has been very supportive of unions and union workers.
From their "Worker's Song,"
Yeh, this one's for the workers who toil night and day
By hand and by brain to earn your pay
Who for centuries long past for no more than your bread
Have bled for your countries and counted your dead
In the factories and mills, in the shipyards and mines
We've often been told to keep up with the times
For our skills are not needed, they've streamlined the job
And with sliderule and stopwatch our pride they have robbed
We're the first ones to starve, we're the first ones to die
The first ones in line for that pie-in-the-sky
And we're always the last when the cream is shared out
For the worker is working when the fat cat's about
And when the sky darkens and the prospect is war
Who's given a gun and then pushed to the fore
And expected to die for the land of our birth
Though we've never owned one lousy handful of earth?
All of these things the worker has done
From tilling the fields to carrying the gun
We've been yoked to the plough since time first began
And always expected to carry the can
Now, the band has been threatened by nazis who say they will attack them when they show up soon for an Australian tour.
My guess is the Murphys are not shakin' in their boots. My guess is any nazis who shows up at one of their shows in Australia will come away much the worse for wear. Numerous punk boards contain comments from fans who are warning the nazis to stay away. My guess is the nazis will heed that warning. Nazis like a good fight where there are maybe twenty of them beating on one person. They are seldom so "brave" when the odds are not quite so much in their favor.
Meanwhile, Scission salutes this band and calls on all anti-racists to stand in solidarity with them.
The following is from our old friends at One People's Project.
AUSSIE BONEHEADS THREATEN DROPKICK MURPHYS AFTER BEATDOWN OF NAZI DURING NYC SHOW