After 30 glorious years of leading renowned Celtic punk rockers, The Mahones, founder and bandleader Finny McConnell decided it was high time to write and produce an album for himself. The result? The Dark Streets of Love — set for release on September 3, 2021, via True North Records.
A collection of his most intimate musings to date, The Dark Streets of Love is McConnell’s love letter to everyone important in his world. Stripped bare with personal lyrics that represent not only his truth, but a truth we can all relate to, the 11-track LP includes covers of songs by Bruce Springsteen, the Tragically Hip, Lou Reed, Shane McGowan, and even an outtake from an earlier Mahones release — all of which hold deep meaning to the veteran artist.
Born in Dublin, Ireland, and based in Kingston, Ontario, Finny McConnell’s first solo album is its own homecoming — to himself.
Mixed and engineered by Gene Hughes, this live-off-the-floor release is a rare peek behind the curtain to McConnell’s expansive emotional atmosphere; intricately layered reflections on loving, losing, grieving, and loving again peel away, song by song, one of punk’s most notorious leaders and his distinct point of view.
Check out the video for “Atlantic City” below, and pre-order the album HERE.
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