Tuesday, November 28, 2006

Flogging Molly Tribute

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Special spotlight tribute to Flogging Molly the unique seven peice Irish American Celtic punk band hailing from Los Angeles Calif.
"Flogging Molly, My Favorite band of the decade. when they blew me away at the Vet's Hall in 2000 until now the fire only gets hotter and deeper into the soul of music". Skidmark Bob

Flogging Playlist:

- Life In A Tenement Square Swagger 2000

- Whiskey on A Sunday Documentary (samplings throughout prgm) A Jim Dziura Film 2006

- The Seven Deadly Sins Within A Mile Of Home 2004

- May The Living Be Dead (In Our Wake) Drunken Lullabies 2002

- Swagger (Live) Whiskey on A Sunday 2006

- Another Bag Of Bricks Drunken Lullabies 2002

- Selfish Man LIVE Los Angeles - Whiskey on a Sunday 2006 - With A Wonder and Wild Desire Within A Mile Of Home 2004

Flogging Molly Is:

* Dave King (vocals, acoustic guitar, bodhran, banjo, spoons,

* Bridget Regan (fiddle, tin whistle, uilleann pipes, backing vocals)

* Dennis Casey (electric guitar, backing vocals)

* Matt Hensley (accordion, concertina)

* Nathen Maxwell (bass guitar, backing vocals, lead vocals

* Bob Schmidt (mandolin, mandola, banjo, bazouki, backing vocals)

* George Schwindt (drums, percussion, bodhran)

Their music is heavily influenced by such bands as The Pogues, and has many references to the Roman Catholic Church and ranges from boisterous punk rock like the pirate-themed "Salty Dog" and "Seven Deadly Sins," or the defiant "What's Left of the Flag", "Drunken Lullabies", and "Rebels of the Sacred Heart" to more somber songs like "Far Away Boys", "The Son Never Shines (On Closed Doors)", or "Death Valley Queen". The driving forces behind the music tend to be King's gravelly voice and Regan's manic fiddling. Prior to forming Flogging Molly, Dave King was the vocalist for Fastway, a late 80s-early 90s heavy metal band, featuring guitarist "Fast" Eddie Clarke of Motorhead

"We've developed a really unique sound," says King of his seven-piece outfit. "The first time we all got together to play, there was an energy in the room that I'd never experienced in any other band I'd ever been in? and it wasn't due to any single ingredient, instrument or individual. We started playing in a bar and just played and played and played. We're a live band. We'll always have that." The band's fabled energy and presence can be heard loud and clear on the band's new album, which follows 2000's Swagger, 2002's Drunken Lullabies and 2004 Within a mile of home. Their unique sound has enabled Flogging Molly to entrance crowds of all ages at four of the last five Warped tours, where they have played for 10,000 fans on a nightly basis. Describing the band's unique melting pot, King has said, "If it didn't have mandolin, accordion, fiddle and whistle, it would be punk-rock, and if it didn't have guitar, bass and drums, it would be traditional Irish music. Flogging Molly has both." "Music was all we had left," explains King. "And no one could take that away from us. Even without vocals, if you have a tin whistle, a fiddle and a mandolin, the music still speaks volumes. It's the lyrics that help carry that message to a new generation." You can hear that message on the Cajun fiddles and washboards of "Tomorrow Comes a Day Too Soon" or the tribal fever of bassist Nathen Maxwell's "Queen Anne's Revenge," where the music carries hope for the future without forgetting the past, or more importantly, marking the present. Elsewhere, King offers tributes to late heroes Joe Strummer, on the pirate-like sea chanty "The Seven Deadly Sins" ("Johnny strummed his Tommy gun"), and Johnny Cash, on the soulful "Don't Let Me Die Wondering," where King's vow to live life to its fullest was influenced by the passing of the Man in Black.
"I started writing that song when I heard Johnny Cash had died," King says of the tune, composed, as always, on a typewriter manufactured in 1916, the year of the Irish uprising. "There was a man who lived life to the fullest. I don't want to be wondering on my deathbed what I left behind. I want to leave nothing behind. I want to be ready to go to the next world - and enjoy life here at the same time." Flogging Molly has released four major studio albums, Swagger, Drunken Lullabies, Within a Mile of Home, and Whiskey on a Sunday, as well as an independent live album titled Alive Behind the Green Door. They have toured with the Warped Tour and Larry Kirwan's American Fléadh Festival. They also contributed to the Rock Against Bush project. Also, they have done extensive touring with the self-proclaimed Gypsy punk band, Gogol Bordello, which is also signed under SideOneDummy Records.

1 comment:

Richard said...

hey, could you possibly repost this?