From an Irish pub to an Academy Award winning movie: The Mahones have come a long way in 23 years! Heralded as pioneers of the Irish punk scene, and internationally recognized as one of the best and hardest working punk outfits around, The Mahones are back with Angels & Devils, their eighth studio album. Created in 21 days in several different countries, Finny McConnell produced Angels & Devils at Red Rhino Studios in Montreal, after recording sessions with his band mates in both Belfast and Amsterdam. The Mahones’ last album, The Black Irish, was voted Best Punk Album at The Independent Music Awards, and the band was determined to follow-it up with an even bigger, better sound. It was the recording sessions in Montreal that made the cut for their latest studio release.
"“The Montreal sessions had the biggest sounds,” says Dublin-born front man Finny McConnell on the brand new recordings. “We recorded the album from start to finish in Montreal and the band’s vibe was amazing. We had just returned home from The Black Irish World tour, where we headlined all over the world, making our way through 30 countries - the band
was extremely tight and ready to rock in the studio!”
The album features very special guest appearances from friends, family, and musical greats: Ken Casey (Dropkick Murphys), Jake Burns (Stiff Little Fingers) and Greg Keelor (Blue Rodeo), just to name a few.
The Mahones formed on St. Patrick's Day in 1990, and have been working on their own brand of Irish punk ever since. With a working class ethic and a love of classic punk, Finny McConnell formed the band to combine his love of punk rock and his Irish culture. Alongside Finny McConnell are Dom "The Bomb" Whelan (drums, vocals), Katie "Kaboom!" McConnell (accordion, vocals),Sean Winter (mandolin, banjo, vocals) and Paul "Cuzo" Mancuso (bass, vocals).
“It was fun to be around before there was an actual Irish punk scene, because it was new, and no one really knew what to think of it. Now, it’s worldwide! It’s fantastic! When we started, the only bands we really knew at the time were The Dubliners and The Pogues. We’re really proud to have been a part of it from the start” states Finny.
With songs that have become the essential soundtrack to every Irish punk out there, young and old, The Mahones have found themselves growing with every year, and are now headlining festivals around the world, and sharing the stage with their musical heroes. It’s really no wonder that their hit song “Paint The Town Red” was featured in the climactic final fight scene of Academy Award winning film The Fighter, starring Mark Wahlberg, Christian Bale and Amy Adams. The Mahones are proud to have a long list of TV and Movie appearances from their growing repertoire of Irish punk classics.
For the past 23 years The Mahones have released a slew of successful albums, and are world-renowned for an energy-packed, electrifying live show that has garnered them a worldwide base of dedicated fans.
“The most exciting thing about touring is seeing and meeting our fans from all over the world. That’s why we do this! We’re very lucky to be here.”
Kicking off their next headlining tour in Las Vegas, Nevada in October; The Mahones are gearing up for a North American tour with friends and frequent collaborators, The Dropkick Murphys. With a slew of highly anticipated US dates they return back to Canada to bring the year to a close before heading overseas at the top of the New Year.
For Fans Of: Dropkick Murphys, Flogging Molly, The Dubliners