Dropkick Murphys

Hellcat Records

The latest raging slab from this Boston-spawned sextet provides a set of anthemic punk rock and punked-up traditional Irish songs immaculately designed to fire up the blood in an egalitarian frenzy of whisky-drenched working class solidarity. Their blazing rendition of the Woody Guthrie-penned title song about life during wartime transcends the lyrical content by virtue of a rhythm guitar and drum-driven riff accented by a well-placed air-raid siren sample that’s sure to have fists pumping and voices shouting along with the “there’s gonna be a blackout tonight” chorus, even if some of the participants think they’re singing about getting bombed (on alcohol) instead of about getting bombed (by enemy aircraft). Rating right up there with Social Distortion on the power-of-positive-punk meter, Dropkick Murphys deliver big time on this recording, and I’m sure their live show will boot an audience right through the goal posts.Dropkick Murphys play 8 p.m. Sunday, June 15, at the Brick Works.