Photo by Sorcha Frances Ryder
"The Idler" is one of three original songs on The Mary Wallopers upcoming album. This one lands more on the folk side of folk-punk, as it's just Sean McKenna on vocals and acoustic guitar. That doesn't mean the Irish band are getting soft for this single. "The Idler" is one of the most biting and vicious songs of the year and attacks landlords, the clergy, the taxman, and xenophobes. You can just hear the venom dripping off of this song, and others should take note of how folk-punk can be done. The Mary Wallopers are more punk on this one than most bands playing what is considered punk nowadays.
Sean McKenna says of the band's new song:
“The song was written in response to the scapegoating and vilification of ordinary people just doing what they need to do in order to keep struggling through life, rarely harming anyone. Meanwhile those in positions of power, the ones who often create or uphold such situations, are held in high esteem and regarded as pillars of the community. In essence it is a simple call to punch up, not down.”
You can watch the video for "The Idler" below. Irish Rock 'n' Roll is due out October 13, and is available for pre-order here. For more on The Mary Wallopers, check out the band's website. Upcoming tour dates are below the video.