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01/25/2008 3:24 PM ET
Dropkick Murphys ship up to stardom
Boston's favorite band drops by MLB.com for a chat
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Dropkick Murphys' James Lynch and Tim Brennan stopped by MLB.com for an interview. (MLB.com)
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The Dropkick Murphys have taken their Boston-bred, Irish rock sound and brought it to Red Sox Nation and beyond. Their song, "I'm Shipping Up To Boston," became an anthem for the 2007 World Series champion Red Sox, and now they're appearing on major late-night talk shows and selling albums quicker than ever before.

Guitarist and vocalist James Lynch and mandolin, accordion and whistle player Tim Brennan came by the MLB.com studios recently to talk about their latest album, The Meanest of Times, their rapidly increasing popularity, and, of course, the Red Sox.

For starters, Lynch and Brennan said they were still trying to get over how big they've become. They met with MLB.com/Entertainment's Tara Gore mere hours after shooting an appearance on "The Late Show with David Letterman" in which the host asked them to play an extra song.

They were also proud, and a bit astonished, to report that The Meanest of Times hit No. 20 on the Billboard charts.

One thing both band members agreed on was the fact that their association with the Red Sox has brought great things to the Dropkick Murphys and vice-versa.

"Every time you combine us and the Red Sox, things seem to work out OK," Lynch said with a smile. "We were just excited to be invited back by the Sox and we did our thing again, and everything seemed to work out. So if they want us to keep coming around, I would be happy to attend as many games as they would like to have me at. I will be there whenever you need me."

Fans can share in some of that glory, as well, thanks to a sweepstakes going on now. Fans can can enter to win two custom-made guitars, one being a Dropkick Murphys Vans custom Epiphone LP Junior and the other being a Red Sox World Championship Dropkick Murphys Custom Ephiphone LP Junior.

As for the latest album, Brennan said it's the first time the band has felt that it made a complete, start-to-finish effort.

"Every time you finish a new record, you tend to say it's the best we've ever done, but this time actually felt different than the other times," Brennan said.

"The album seems like a complete entity. It's not just 12 songs on a record. It seems that there's a theme running through the whole thing and everything seems to be tied up nice from the first track to the last track. And we've all been very happy with it."

Doug Miller is a Senior Writer for MLB.com/Entertainment. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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