Dropkick's new album "Patchwork" was released on 1st November 2008. It is the band's first release on Swedish label Sound Asleep Records. Dropkick is a Scottish band who play catchy, countrified pop music with great harmonies and melodies that will stick in your head forever. Imagine Buddy Holly playing "duelling banjos" with Paul McCartney and you’re halfway there…
They were formed at school in a small town in Angus in 1995 by drummer/singer Andrew Taylor, guitarist Alastair Taylor (brothers) and bassist Ian Grier. At this time the band played original punk-pop songs but over the years, Dropkick's sound has gradually evolved from its punky origins into a much more mature alt-country style, yet without losing any of the punchy simplicity and immediacy of the songs. The Taylor brothers have played with a variety of different musicians over the past decade including Martin Black (guitar) and Craig Hendry (who now plays drums for the Sugarbabes).
Founding member Ian Grier also had several lengthy spells in the band, most recently playing guitar and mandolin from September 2005 to August 2006. The current line-up is completed by cousin Stuart Low and the unrelated Roy W. Taylor. Dropkick have written over 600 songs and most of these have been recorded in some form or other. They have released 6 albums and 1 EP on their own Taylored Records label. The latest Dropkick album “Turning Circles” shows off their songwiting skills and multi-instrumental talents to the full. It is also their most diverse album and features, for the first time, songs written by Roy W. Taylor. The album has already been awarded a 5 star review by Scottish independent music magazine Is This Music?
Thanks to Peter Holmstedt - Hemifran