Flogging Molly’s “Life is Good Tour” is underway, and Indianapolis is one of the stops.
Okay, you might say, but what means this to me? It means that Flogging Molly is about to give a walloping dose of Celtic punk to Naptown. And anybody at the Vogue has a front row seat. That certainly sells me.
Flogging Molly (FLGM) began as the unofficial house band of Molly Malone’s, an L.A. bar with a Celtic feel. Most of the musicians in the band were already music industry veterans. In fact, lead singer and Dublin native David King had already obtained a record deal with Epic in the early 1990s. But, King negotiated out of the deal when Epic had forbidden his integrating Irish instruments into his songs. At Molly Malone’s, FLGM developed the Celtic punk sound we know and love. Finally, after releasing their first album, “Alive Behind the Green Door,” in 1997, FLGM generated critical buzz. Twenty years and several albums later, Flogging Molly is one of the biggest Celtic punk bands in the world.
Now, let’s discuss the elephant in the room. Celtic punk was nothing new by the time FLGM came along. In fact, by 1997 we already had the Pogues and the Dropkick Murphys on the scene. Granted, Celtic punk was and is a niche genre in the same way that anything punk has always been. But, Flogging Molly did quite a bit to popularize the genre in the early 2000s, giving them a lasting fan base.
Sound of Flogging Molly
Stylistically, the words “Celtic” and “punk” should tell you everything you need to know. But, I like expounding on music, so here’s an explanation. Celtic punk combines traditional Celtic music with punk. This is actually not that difficult, as both genres are high energy and can be somewhat crude in both content and execution. In practical terms, you play mandolins like they were Fenders and have drum kits instead of bodhrans.
So, to recap: Flogging Molly is a good Celtic punk band. Flogging Molly play the Vogue Thursday, Oct. 26. Doors open at 8:00 p.m.. Plan on drinking a little whisky.
I shall see you there.