Time Cuts the Ties
Dropkick is an alternative-country-power-pop band from Scotland. They play mainly upbeat, catchy songs with the kind of harmonies only brothers can produce. "Songs that capture a power pop spirit tinged with a country edge, shimmering guitars and vocal harmonies recall classic California bands and more local contemporaries such as Teenage Fanclub and Daniel Wylie." Americana UK "Scotland's finest alt-country power-pop band." Tom Morton, BBC Radio Scotland "Scotland's 3rd best band for 2009 ... fabulous melodies a-plenty and more hooks than Bob Nudd's fishing bag." The Scotsman Newspaper "Time Cuts The Ties" is Dropkick's 4th release on Swedish label Sound Asleep Records. Coming less than 6 months after their 2010 Christmas EP "25th December", the album sees the band reverting back to their original line-up with the return of founding member Ian Grier after a 5 year break. "Time Cuts The Ties" is Dropkick's most varied and accomplished collection of songs to date, demonstrating a new maturity in their songwriting and arrangements. The generous sprinkling of piano, organ and strings has added new textures and an extra dimension to their already well established alt-country powerpop sound. Dropkick's profile has risen significantly since the release of their self-titled debut album in 2001. The band have now released a further 9 albums and 2 EPs, mainly on their own label Taylored Records label. Their 2008 album "Dot The i" was re-issued on Rock Indiana Records of Spain and was also made "album of the week" on BBC Radio Nan Gaidheal's Rapal show. Since autumn 2008, Dropkick have released material on Sound Asleep Records of Sweden, including the critically acclaimed albums "Patchwork" and "Abelay Hotel". Dropkick have played hundreds of gigs (including several headline Scottish tours, the Darvel Festival, Tartan Heart Festival, International Pop Overthrow Festival and most recently, 4 sell-out headline shows in Spain) in the past 5 years. They have also had significant airplay over the same period, including BBC Radio 2 and BBC Radio Scotland's Tom Morton, Brand New Country, Get It On, Vic Galloway and Janice Forsyth shows. Many local UK radio stations also regularly play Dropkick's music, as well as countless stations throughout the world, particularly in Spain where the popularity of the band's music has increased dramatically thanks to the internet. Dropkick have performed 10 songs live on the Tom Morton Show on BBC Radio Scotland, firstly on an outside broadcast in July 2007 and then at the BBC studios in Nov 2007, the latter being part of a Children In Need special. They also played live on the same station's 'Highland Café' show in July 2008 and again in July 2009. In recent years Dropkick have shared the stage with acts such as Marc Olson, Seasick Steve, The Primary 5, Half Man Half Biscuit, Snow Patrol, Kit Clark (ex Danny Wilson), Nigel Clark (Dodgy), Sid Griffin, Roddy Hart and 'Guitar George' Borowski. Dropkick recently made 59 previously unreleased recordings free to download from their website. They are currently planning a series of gigs in Spain to promote their new album and will start work on their 11th studio album in early 2012.