Flogging Molly - Kasper Flörchinger - cc

Flogging Molly

Flogging Molly - Kasper Flörchinger - cc

par Guide Irlande

They’re punks, and they like Celtic-style rock. Flogging Molly is an American band from L.A. like few do, who are constantly revisiting Irish music, using energetic guitars, and traditional Irish instruments. Originally from Los Angeles, the band has a real label of “pro-Irish band”, (like the Dropkick Murphys) and enjoys a reputation that has crossed the borders of the United States to become a real success in Europe, and especially in Ireland!

Flogging Molly’s Career

Foundation of the band

Flogging Molly started out with Dave King, a young Irish man who had spent his life in Ireland and who decided to fly to the United States in the 80s. Dave King was particularly attracted by hard rock, and then met different bands, with whom he played until 1997, when he met other musicians in a pub in Los Angeles, called “Le Molly Malone’s”.

Dave King quickly became friends with them, and ended up proposing to found a new band together, and agreed with them to create “Flogging Molly”.

Flogging Molly, a band with Irish sauce…

Very quickly, Flogging Molly started doing dates here and there in Los Angeles, and began to fascinate the public, who were particularly amazed by their energy which totally electrified the scene. The band seems to like to combine heavy guitars with Irish instruments, the whole thing, punctuated by efficient drums. We find the influence of the Pogues, an Irish band that has itself initiated the associations between rock and Irish music … With Flogging Molly, their music is thus a strange association mixing the aggressiveness of punk, with themes and influences from Irish music.

In 2007, the band released their debut album, “Alive Behind The Green Door”, an explosive live album, which received great reviews. Then came the release of a studio album in 2000, called Swagger, followed in 2002 by “Drunken Lullabies”, in 2004 by “Within A Mile Of Home” and in 2008 by “Float”.

Since the band’s beginnings, Flogging Molly’s line-up has evolved somewhat, recording a few departures, but also some arrivals. All in all, here are the different musicians who have been part of the band since 1997:

  • Dave King : Vocals and acoustic guitar
  • Bridget Regan: Violin, Irish flute, Uilleann pipes
  • Dennis Casey: Electric guitar
  • Matt Hensley: Accordion
  • Nathen Maxwell: Low
  • Bob Schmidt: Mandolin, banjo, and bouzouki
  • George Schwindt: Drums
  • PJ Smith: Accordion

Flogging Molly’s discography

  • 1997: Alive Behind the Green Door
  • 2000: Swagger
  • 2002 : Drunken Lullabies
  • 2004: Within a Mile of Home
  • 2006: Whiskey on a Sunday
  • 2007: Complete Control Sessions, EP only available online.
  • 2008: Float


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