Dropkick Murphys did not start off pursuing the Celtic-punk sound that’s made the band famous. The members were originally looking for more of a straight-punk feel, but it very quickly became apparent that the Irish music they had listened to growing up had a greater influence on them than they had initially anticipated.
“The first song the band ever wrote was ‘Bar Room Hero’ back in late 1995,” said Drummer Matt Kelly. “We just did it and it kind of came to fruition like that. The Boston punk guys were like, ‘That sounds like the Ramones meets The Pogues.’ It really was Irish-style songwriting.”