Blood or Whiskey returned to the live circuit in April 2012. Understandably likened to The Pogues, but the bands influences lead their sound to be more accurately described as a hybrid of The Dubliners meets The Clash. Having released 2 EP's & 3 albums (Cashed Out On Culture still widely regarded internationally as an Irish gem), with 2 tours of the East Coast of America (one with Dropkick Murphy's), a regular feature at the Rebellion Festival over the last 8 years (Morecambe, Dublin & Blackpool), and a tour of Japan under their belts, other career highlights included; supporting SLF on an entire UK tour, opening for the likes of Manu Chao, Rancid & The Pogues, playing Oxygen (2009), Reading & Leeds (2010), Blood Or Whiskey have covered a lot of ground in their career to date.
The band played some select festivals in the UK in August, returning to Rebellion in Blackpool and Reading & Leeds (having wowed the crowds there in 2010 on the Lock Up Stage!). They played Arthurs Day in Dublin in September and opened for old chums Rancid in November at the SOLD OUT Academy Dublin. A trip around Germany in December and a stop-off in Cork rounded off the year nicely.
2013 opened with a bang with the band securing a place on the bill with Frank Turner and Dropkick Murphys, at their SOLD OUT Dublin show. Early April saw them take in a ten date jaunt across Europe, stopping in the Netherlands, Germany, Switzerland and Belgium. What these dates have shown is that not only have the band retained fans from the past but they have also found a new audience. In May they were back out with more dates across Germany, the Czech Republic & Austria. They headlined the Warzone Fest in Belfast on August 23rd and opened for Alkaline Trio at The Academy Dublin on August 26th and played The Foggy Dew in Dublin on Arthur's Day.
Blood or Whiskey 2014 saw the band release the new single (Gone and Forgotten on Feb 21st), accompanied by a fun video, followed by their 4th album Tell the Truth and Shame the Devil, which dropped on March 14th to rave reviews, Hotpress Magazine called it ˜Devilishly Good and A diabolical good listen", giving it an 8 out of 10 rating. Although there had been a touch of ska in previous releases, the new album adds ska, reggae and dub to the original sound. The album launch gig was headlining the Saint Patricks Day Festival in Belfast. They opened for All Time Low two days later in the Olympia Dublin and went down a storm. The first part of the Shame The Devil Tour was 16 dates that took them across 6 countries (Germany, Czech Republic, Austria, Slovenia, France and Italy). The new material broadened the bands appeal and numbers were up across the tour. June saw them at the Roma-Ember Against Racism Festival in Zurich. July saw them back touring and opening for old pals the Dropkick Murphys across England, at the Bristol show Dugs was invited to join them onstage for Shipping up to Boston! They returned to England in August for the BoomTown Fair and a triumphant return to Rebellion in Blackpool where Jello Biafra was even spotted bopping down the front. Big plans are afoot for the rest of 2014, the bags are packed!
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