Despite its no-nonsense title – Signed and Sealed in Blood - Boston’s patron saints of celtic punk, the Dropkick Murphys, have made a point about telling the world how much fun it was readying their forthcoming eighth album (Born & Bred; January 8). Mostly to the chagrin of 2011′s Going Out in Style, and the “migraines” it took to make a concept record about a fictional character’s complete life, including an obituary. “This is just the opposite of that,” explained sole original member Ken Casey to Billboard, rather “just us having fun and making the most catchy, singalong kind of songs we can.” But then again, Casey told NPR that paralleled with his affinity for tattoos, the new songs attempt “to tell a life story in four minutes.” Hence the album’s artwork and lead single, “Rose Tattoo.” So a curious set of barroom brevity is what we have here. How does that infamous Hemingway retort go? Something about big emotions having nothing to do with big words? Such is the consistent vibe DM have channeled since their 1996 birth, concept album or not, boiled down here into a rallying mandolin-spiked fist for the ink set:

Some may be from showing up

Others are from growing up

Someimes I was so messed up and didn’t have a clue

I ain’t winning no one over

I wear it just for you

I’ve got your name written here

In a rose tattoo