By Dylan Chinn
There are rare occasions when one band can combine two completely different genres and make something that sounds incredible, Los Angeles based band Flogging Molly is one of those bands. Formed in 1997 by Dublin born Dave King, Flogging Molly has created a unique sound by combining Irish folk music with punk rock, which is better defined as Celtic Punk. Using an instrument ensemble of the traditional electric guitar, bass and drums of punk and the acoustic guitar, fiddle, tin whistle, accordion, banjo and mandolin found in folk music, this 7-piece band has released four amazing albums: Swagger, Drunken Lullabies, Within a Mile of Home, and Float and a fifth album to be released in May.
All of Flogging Molly’s songs come brimming with emotion and power, touching on themes of piracy (“Salty Dog”, “Cruel Mistress”, “Seven Deadly Sins”), defiance (“Rebels of the Sacred Heart”, “Drunken Lullabies”), politics (“Requiem for a Dying Song”, “Don’t Shut ‘Em Down”), love (“Devil’s Dance Floor”, “If I Ever Leave This World Alive”, “Between a Man and a Woman”) and King’s personal life (“The Likes of You Again”, “Black Friday Rule”, “What’s Left of the Flag”). Each and every song is filled with energy that makes you want to get up off your feet, mosh, dance, or raise a drink and sing along.
Whether you enjoy punk rock, Irish folk, or just feel like listening to energetic music with catchy, poetic lyrics Flogging Molly is band worth listening to.
Floggin Molly will be a featured artist at SXSW 2011 performing at the