Flogging Molly returns to Atlanta on February 14th at The Tabernacle!
Listen here to The Backstage Beat’s exclusive interview with Bob Schmidt of Flogging Molly:[audio: TBBBobFlogginMollyInt.mp3]
Members of Flogging Molly are:
- Dave King – lead vocals, acoustic guitar, bodhrán, banjo, spoons
- Bridget Regan – fiddle, tin whistle, uillean pipes, vocals
- Dennis Casey – guitar, vocals
- Matt Hensley – accordion, concertina
- Nathen Maxwell – bass guitar, vocals
- Bob Schmidt – mandolin, banjo
- George Schwindt – drums, percussion
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Flogging Molly is a seven-piece Irish-American Celtic punk band that formed in Los Angeles, California and is now signed to SideOneDummy Records.
Prior to forming Flogging Molly, Dublin born Dave King was the vocalist for heavy metal band Fastway featuring guitarist “Fast” Eddie Clarke of Motörhead and bassist Pete Way of UFO in the early to mid ’80s. He later fronted a hard rock band called Katmandu (1991), featuring Mandy Meyer of Krokus on guitars. Afterwards, Dave King retained a record deal with Epic records and began to work on a solo album, but began to reconsider his record deal when the label opposed his idea of bringing in traditional Irish instruments. King negotiated out of his record deal to go his own way musically soon after.
In 1993, King met guitarist Ted Hutt, bassist Jeff Peters, and fiddle player Bridget Regan and put together a rock band with a celtic feel. They began to play a mix of Irish traditional and rock. Putting Dave’s poetic lyrics to rocking melodies, they played at a Los Angeles pub called Molly Malone’s weekly building a small, but loyal following. Together they wrote songs such as Black Friday Rule and Devils Dance Floor, which was the beginning of Flogging Molly’s unique sound. Ted and Jeff then left Flogging Molly because an earlier band of theirs received a record deal. Dave and Bridget began to find new members and the current band was formed.
They continued a routine of playing every Monday night at Molly Malone’s. Then 17-year old Nathen Maxwell snuck into a show as a fan and soon after joined the band. They put out a live album, Alive Behind the Green Door in 1997. In an interview with Kerrang! magazine, King stated that the band’s name comes from the bar (Molly Malone’s) that faithfully supported the band from the very beginning, “We used to play there every Monday night and we felt like we were flogging it to death, so we called the band Flogging Molly.” They signed with SideOneDummy Records after a show when the record company’s owners attended a concert and noted their intensity.
Flogging Molly’s music is influenced by artists such as The Pogues, The Dubliners, Horslips, Johnny Cash, and The Clash. The album Within a Mile of Home is dedicated to Joe Strummer and Johnny Cash.
Their music ranges from boisterous celtic punk, like the pirate-themed “Salty Dog”, “Cruel Mistress”, 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)”, and “Float.” Lyrics typically touch on subjects such as Ireland and its history, drinking, politics, love, death, and include several references to the Roman Catholic Church. “What’s Left of the Flag” and “The Likes of You Again” were written as tributes to King’s father who died while he was a young boy.