Flogging Molly (formed in 1997) is a seven-piece Irish-punk band from Los Angeles, California, U.S., singed to their own label Borstal Beat Records.
Dublin born lead singer Dave King prior to forming Flogging Molly had been in a number of bands including Fastway, which featured Motörhead guitarist “Fast” Eddie Clarke and UFO bassist Pete Way, and the hard rock band Katmandu formed in 1991.
1993 brought King and a number of musicians together at a pub in Los Angeles, U.S. called ‘Molly Malones' where they would play a mix of traditional Celtic music and rock. However it wasn’t until the current line-up of King, fiddle player Bridget Regan, guitarist Dennis Casey, bassist Nathan Maxwell, drummer George Schwindt, accordion player (and former pro skateboarder) Matt Hensley and mandolinist Bob Schmidt got together that the band really found its feet.
Known for their distinctive fusion of traditional Irish music and often abrasive hard-hitting punk rock, their impassioned live show won the attention of of SideOneDummy Records. The band’s March 2000 debut album “Swagger” received positive reviews and was referred to as ‘music that’s perfect for any barroom brawl’. Its follow up “Drunken Lullabies” reached No. 157 on the Billboard 200 and Gold status and the title track featured on the video game Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 4.
The source of many of the lyrics are drawn from the youth of lead singer Dave King, introducing themes of war-torn Ireland, his Father’s premature death and his move to the United States at just eight years old.
Flogging Molly later released the studio albums “Within a Mile of Home”, “Float” and “Speed of Darkness”, along with the live album entitled “Alive Behind the Green Door” and two live DVDs “Whiskey on a Sunday” and “Live At The Greek Theatre”.
The band has gone on to sell in excess of a million and a half records, successfully toured around much of the world and are expected to release their long awaited follow-up to “Speed of Darkness” in 2015.