Flogging Molly

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Flogging Molly
Flogging Molly in 2015
Flogging Molly in 2015
Background information
OriginLos Angeles, California, U.S.
GenresCeltic punk, folk punk
Years active1994–present
LabelsSideOneDummy, Burning Heart, Vanguard, Borstal Beat, Rise[1]
MembersDave King
Bridget Regan
Dennis Casey
Nathen Maxwell
Matt Hensley
Mike Alonso
Spencer Swain

Flogging Molly is an American seven-piece Celtic punk band[2] formed in Los Angeles in 1994, led by Irish vocalist Dave King, formerly of the hard rock band Fastway. They are signed to their own record label, Borstal Beat Records.


Early years[edit]

Prior to forming Flogging Molly, Dublin-born Dave King was the lead singer for the heavy metal band Fastway featuring guitarist "Fast" Eddie Clarke of Motörhead in the early to mid 1980s. He later fronted a hard rock band called Katmandu (1991), featuring Mandy Meyer of Krokus on guitars. Afterward, 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, drummer Paul Crowder[2] and violin player Bridget Regan and put together a rock band with a Celtic music influence. They began to play a mix of Irish traditional and rock music. Putting King'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 "Selfish Man", which was the beginning of Flogging Molly's sound. Ted and Jeff then left Flogging Molly because an earlier band of theirs, Reacharound, received a record deal. King and Regan began to find new members and the current band was formed.

They continued a routine of playing every Monday night at Molly Malone's. 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 were signed onto SideOneDummy Records after a show when the record company's owners attended a concert and noted their intensity.


The band’s debut studio album, Swagger, arrived on March 7, 2000, their first of many with SideOneDummy. They joined the Vans Warped Tour for the first time that summer alongside Green Day, Weezer, and The Mighty Mighty Bosstones (whom they continued touring alongside in the fall).[3]

Drunken Lullabies followed on March 19, 2002, and was certified gold by the RIAA in 2009.[4] They returned to the Warped Tour in 2003 with a lineup that included The All-American Rejects and Dropkick Murphys.

Within a Mile of Home, released on September 14, 2004, debuted at No. 20 on the Billboard 200. The acoustic/live CD/DVD combo, Whiskey on a Sunday, was released in 2006 and certified platinum two years later. It was followed by the 2007 online-only EP, Complete Control Sessions.

The group’s fourth studio album, Float, debuted at No. 4 on the Billboard 200 in 2008 and produced two well-received singles: "Requiem for a Dying Song" (No. 35 on the Billboard Modern Rock charts)[5] and the title track (No. 40).[5]

March 2010's Live at the Greek Theatre captured a career-spanning Los Angeles, California performance from the year before as a CD/DVD set. In 2011, Flogging Molly appeared in the season premiere of Austin City Limits.[6]

Dave King performing in 2011

2011's Speed of Darkness was the band's first album issued through their own label, Borstal Beat Records.[7]

Life Is Good, the band's first new album in six years, arrived in 2017. It is the only Flogging Molly album released via Vanguard Records and Spinefarm. They co-headlined a US tour with Social Distortion in 2019.[8]

The band live-streamed a St. Patrick's Day performance on March 17, 2021, from Whelan’s Irish Pub in Dublin, Ireland. A portion of the proceeds from ticket sales went toward Sweet Relief’s COVID-19 Crew Fund.[9] They co-headlined a tour with Violent Femmes the same year.

Flogging Molly released their seventh studio album, Anthem, in 2022, their first with Rise Records. They co-headlined a tour with The Interrupters the same year.[10]

In November 2023, the band announced the inaugural Shamrock Rebellion Fest, scheduled for March 16, 2024, in Silverado, California, and March 17, 2024, in Las Vegas, Nevada.[11] The Road To Rebellion Tour precedes the fest, with support coming from Amigo The Devil.[12]

Salty Dog Cruises (2015–present)[edit]

From March 13 to 16, 2015, Flogging Molly began hosting a yearly Caribbean cruise. The 2015 Salty Dog Cruise Cruise[13] featured shows by the band and many others, over three days leaving from Miami to Nassau and Great Stirrup Cay on the Norwegian Sky. All bands performed two times on the stages throughout the ship or on the special stage set on Norwegian's private island of Great Stirrup Cay.

In 2016, from March 18 to 21, the second yearly cruise took the same itinerary on the same ship and hosted, among others, Rancid, Fishbone, Frank Turner, Street Dogs and The Tossers.

In 2017, the Enchantment of the Seas hosted the third annual cruise that left on March 10 to Coco Cay and Nassau, until coming back to Miami on March 13. The guests invited by the band were NOFX, DeVotchKa, Less Than Jake, The English Beat, The Skatalites, The Bouncing Souls, Dylan Walshe and many others.

On August 21, 2017, the band announced that the 2018 cruise would take place April 20–23, leaving from Miami, sailing to Key West and to Great Stirrup Cay. Originally, the cruise was supposed to take place on the Enchantment of the Seas in 2017; however, the ship was changed, and the Norwegian Sky has been announced. The line-up includes The Offspring, Buzzcocks, The Vandals, Lagwagon, and Mad Caddies, among others.

The Salty Dog Cruise 2023 ran November 8-13, sailing from Miami to Harvest Caye, Belize, and Costa Maya, Mexico. The line-up included Flogging Molly, Pennywise, Stiff Little Fingers, The Vandals, and Gorilla Biscuits, among others, with a Port of Miami kickoff show featuring The Interrupters.[14]

In late November 2023, the band announced the next Salty Dog Cruise, set for February 17-22, 2025, sailing from Miami to Grand Cayman, and Ochos Rios, Jamaica. As of December 15, 2023, the 2025 cruise was sold out.[15]

Musical style[edit]

Flogging Molly's music is influenced by various artists, such as The Dubliners, The Pogues, Horslips, Johnny Cash, and The Clash. The album Within a Mile of Home (2004) is dedicated to the memories of Cash and The Clash frontman Joe Strummer.[citation needed]

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)", "Life in a Tenement Square", and "Float". Lyrics typically touch on subjects such as Ireland and its history, drinking, poverty, politics, love, and death and include several references to the Catholic Church. "What's Left of the Flag" and "The Likes of You Again" were written as tributes to King's father, who died when King was a child.[16]



Studio albums[edit]


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  8. ^ "Flogging Molly, Social Distortion announce co-headliner". Alternative Press. Retrieved January 25, 2024.
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  10. ^ "Flogging Molly + The Interrupters Book Summer Co-Headline Tour". Loudwire.com. Retrieved January 25, 2024.
  11. ^ "Flogging Molly's Shamrock Rebellion St. Patrick's Day Fest". Consequence.net. Retrieved January 24, 2024.
  12. ^ "Flogging Molly Announce 2024 US Tour with Amigo the Devil". Consequence.net. Retrieved January 24, 2024.
  13. ^ "Flogging Molly's Salty Dog Cruise – 2018". FloggingMollyCruise.com. Retrieved August 29, 2017.
  14. ^ "Flogging Molly reveals 2023 cruise lineup: The Interrupters, Stiff Little Fingers, Gorilla Biscuits & More". BrooklynVegan.com. Retrieved January 24, 2024.
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  16. ^ Ambrose, Anthony (July 27, 2009). "inTuneMusic Online: Warped Tour @ Oceanport 7/19". Archived from the original on May 29, 2012. Retrieved July 28, 2009.

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