It has been a long time since we have had a chance to cover The Bloody Irish Boys. We had a chance to review and interview them when their CD â€œDrunk Rockâ€ came out, and we just received the full retail version of their first DVD. Uniting a video component to the cuts of â€œDrunk Rockâ€, the first thing that viewers will be able to see with â€œDrunk Rockâ€ is that Shayne and the rest of the act have crafted videos that really highlight specific phrases, instrumental arrangements, and pieces of the song which the video correspond. The video quality may not be that of an Image Entertainment or an Eagle Rock release, but is still very clear and crisp. Any weaknesses that may be present in the video side of things is more than made up for with the audio, which is crystal clear throughout all of the cuts on the disc.
â€œBeer Is Good Beer Is Greatâ€ is the first video on the DVD, and while it was not released as a single as was â€œDrunk Rockâ€ and â€œEnniscorthy in a Bottleâ€, a poll would show that the vast majority of The Bloody Irish Boysâ€™ fan base would rate the track as their favorite. The videoâ€™s strongest point would have to be matching Shayneâ€™s rapid-paced mentioning of a number of different types of beers, a feat that is matched in quality with the splicing in of footage from performances by the band. It is this divided focus of â€œBeer Is Good Beer Is Greatâ€ that shows the two distinct sides of The Bloody Irish Boys.
While there are bits of the bandâ€™s personality shown at the â€˜partyâ€ scene, the tremendous skill and ability of each member of the act is shown during the live scenes. Pulling back to a DVD-level of analysis, the live footage that takes over the video for â€œRare Auld Extra Stoutâ€ gives fans of the band the ability to see the act live, even as Shayne and the rest of the guys are holed up, at work on their second album. Make sure to pick up a copy of this DVD to gain a new appreciate for The Bloody Irish Boys, pick up their next album when it comes out (perhaps sometime in 2009?), and definitely make sure to see them on the tour that is undoubtedly to follow after that.
The Bloody Irish Boys â€“ Drunk Rock (DVD) / 2008 Sick Sad Records / http://www.thebloodyirishboys.com /