I can't help but think that today's choice in the run-up to St. Patrick's Day might be a good one for St. Barbe MHA Jim Bennett.
Founded in Los Angeles in 1997, Flogging Molly has always defied
categorization. The infectious originality of their songs is a badge of
honor and key to the band's creativity, their urgency. They infuse punk
rock with Celtic instruments—violin, mandolin and the accordion—and they
merge blues progressions with grinding guitars and traditional Irish
music, the music of King's youth. "We're not a traditional band,"
explains Dublin-born King. "We are influenced by traditional music and
inspired by it, but without question we put our own twist on it."
Theirs is music of exile and rebellion, of struggle and history and
protest. It's music of a country torn down the middle, a deeply
beautiful and wounded country that knows no quit, and Flogging Molly
pays homage to that resolve in every note. Whether it's a driving
anthem like "Black Friday Rule" or the upbeat duet with Lucinda
Williams, "Factory Girls", the band's only criteria for its music is
simple and bone-deep: that it matter.
Social and political
awareness drive Flogging Molly. Swagger, the band's first album,
and the track "The Worst
Day Since Yesterday" was included in the film Mr. and Mrs. Smith