When it gets to be this time of year, what kind of music do you think of? If you answered Celtic punk, then you're going to like this edition of Schwindy's indie music spotlight. Monsters are Real kicks off with "Batons and Guns." This song has all the furious energy that you'd expect from a Celtic punk song. It also includes an instrumental break with an incredible fiddle part.
That song is a good indicator of what to expect on the rest of the album. Furious energy is a constant throughout the album, as are excellent harmony vocals. If you want an excellent example of the harmony vocals, check out "The Unknown." I'm not saying this song is like "Fairytale of New York" by The Pogues, but if that is the standard for harmony vocals in Celtic rock, then this one comes pretty close. It's a beautiful song and if you're anything like me, you'll be singing along with the chorus before you've even heard the song one time in its entirety.
If you're wondering whether or not there is a song about drinking on this song, allow me to quote Raising Arizona and say, "Does the Pope wear a funny hat?" The lyrics in "Thumpkeg" includes an admission to drinking too much as well as a reference to poitin - Irish moonshine.
I don't doubt that Whiskey of the Damned would draw some comparisons to Flogging Molly, and that's not wrong. Certainly there are shades of Flogging Molly's sound in this. Still, I think a better comparison is Swaggerin' Growlers. Still, if you're a fan of Celtic punk, this will be a good addition to your collection.