Dropkick Murphys’ Ken Casey On The Privilege Of Working With Violent Femmes
In a recent Consequence Heavy interview, Dropkick Murphys‘ Ken Casey expressed his excitement and privilege in working with the Violent Femmes on their new collaborative track ‘Gotta Get to Peekskill’ which is part of Dropkick’s upcoming album, ‘Okemah Rising,’ set to release on May 12th.
This album marks the second time Dropkick Murphys interpret the words of late folk legend Woody Guthrie, following their previous album, ‘This Machine Still Kills Fascists.’ The song features the distinctive voices of Violent Femmes frontman Gordon Gano and Casey as they trade verses on the track, singing Guthrie’s lyrics about confronting the Ku Klux Klan.
The synergy between the two bands is evident as their styles come together seamlessly to deliver a stirring message of resistance. Casey also described the special connection between the two bands and how their musical styles complement each other, not to mention the significance of singing a song about fighting the Ku Klux Klan.
Ken Casey’s words about collaborating with Violent Femmes read:
“We had the privilege of collaborating with the Violent Femmes on this feisty track. Acoustic Dropkicks sounds a lot like the Violent Femmes, in my opinion, so the collaboration is musically and symbolically fitting. And singing a song about fighting the Ku Klux Klan is always extra fun.”
The partnership between Dropkick Murphys and Violent Femmes has been met with enthusiasm by fans of both bands, who are excited to hear this new side of their musical heroes. As the release of ‘Okemah Rising’ approaches, the anticipation for more captivating collaborations and powerful messages continues to grow.
In the meantime, Dropkick Murphys recently wrapped up their St. Patrick’s Day tour and are set to hit the stage again with a lineup of North American festivals, such as Punk Rock Bowling, scheduled for May and June, followed by European shows in July and August. Concurrently, Violent Femmes will begin a US tour in early May to honor the 40th anniversary of their renowned debut album.