Blood or Whiskey were formed in 1992 in Dublin Ireland.
Understandably likened to The Pogues, but the bands influences lead their sound to be more accurately described as a hybrid of The Dubliners meets The Clash. Having released 2 EP's & 4 albums (Cashed Out On Culture still widely regarded internationally as an Irish gem and Tell the Truth and Shame the Devil a classic), with 4 tours of the East Coast of America (three with Dropkick Murphy's), a regular feature at the Rebellion Festival over the last 8 years (Morecambe, Dublin & Blackpool), and a tour of Japan under their belts, other career highlights included; supporting SLF on an entire UK tour, opening for the likes of Manu Chao, Rancid & The Pogues, playing Oxegen (2009), Reading & Leeds (2010), Blood Or Whiskey have covered a lot of ground in their career to date.
The band played some select festivals in the UK in August 2012, returning to Rebellion in Blackpool and Reading & Leeds (having wowed the crowds there in 2010 on the Lock Up Stage!). They played Arthur's Day in Dublin in September and opened for old chums Rancid in November at the SOLD OUT Academy Dublin. A trip around Germany in December and a stop-off in Cork rounded off the year nicely.
2013 opened with a bang with the band securing a place on the bill with Frank Turner and Dropkick Murphy's, at their SOLD OUT Dublin show. With the fourth studio album released in March 2014 (Tell the Truth and Shame the Devil), they had a busy year. Early April saw them take in a ten date jaunt across Europe, stopping in the Netherlands, Germany, Switzerland and Belgium. What these dates have shown is that not only have the band retained fans from the past but they have also found a new audience. In May they were back out with more dates across Germany, the Czech Republic & Austria. They headlined the Warzone Fest in Belfast on August 23rd and opened for Alkaline Trio at The Academy Dublin on August 26th and played The Foggy Dew in Dublin on Arthur's Day.