The Righs – A Retrospective

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The Righs (pronounced as rigz) are currently working on their album. This Oklahoma based Celtic Punk band has been playing since 2005 and have had two critically acclaimed releases, The Rivers Run Deep (2008) and Roses (2010). As the ebb and flow of the music brings attention to bands as they release new material, my retrospective look at The Righs is to introduce this hard rocking band to people who have not heard of them or to re-introduce you if you know who they are.

The Righs have a very unique sound that could have some detractors for those more in tune with mainstream Celtic Punk. With the use of brass instruments on some songs, there is a melding of ska, original songs, rough vocals and deep songs. To truly appreciate The Righs, you need to set time aside to REALLY listen – you won’t find many party anthems or songs that really fit into the background – to really appreciate the hard thumping tunes and lyrics. The originality of the band and the music put out is a lot of fun which you can listen for free at Spotify or you can support the band by purchase and download at Bandcamp and get your own impressions. I for one am looking to see what the third album holds in store this band in my extended backyard – now I just need to find the time to trip down to Oklahoma!

The first album by The Righs released in 2008 was The Rivers Run Deep. The album contains 10 tracks. The track listing is:

  1. I Hope I Never See You Again
  2. My Life in the Bike Scene
  3. Dublin: Easter 1916
  4. That Guy
  5. My Weary Irish Eyes
  6. Amazing Grace
  7. I’m Bound Away
  8. Agony’s Night
  9. The Shire
  10. Loch Lomond

The second album, Roses, was released in 2010 and contains a whopping 18 tracks:

  1. Double-Edged Sword
  2. You’re Drunk You Limey Bastard!
  3. The Man With Nickel Plating Makes All The Rules
  4. Two Cents
  5. The Day Booze Saved Humanity
  6. Poseidon’s Wrath
  7. My Dear Molly
  8. A Dog Named Job
  9. The Prisoner
  10. Mother Knows Best
  11. And So It Goes
  12. The Sword That Broke The Demon’s Back
  13. The Valley (Billy’s Song)
  14. When Johnny Comes Marching Home
  15. Renunciator
  16. What Good is Death?
  17. The Blessing
  18. Roses