Flogging Molly – The Electric Factory

Last night my wife and I treked to the Electric Factory to see her favorite band Flogging Molly. This is either the eight or ninth time we have seen them live. We have gone several times to Philly venues, the Electric Factory and the Trocadero,  twice to the House of Blues in Atlantic City and once to Sayreville, NJ. As always the show was great. Last night, I thought that the leader of the band and lead vocalist Dave King was in rare form and had a really good time. The band played for about two hours and played a set that consisted of standards like “Drunken Lullabies”, “Requiem for a Dying Song”, “Float”, “Seven Deadly Sins”, “Rebel with a Sacred Heart”, “Factory Girl”, with Bridget singing the Lucinda Williams part,  a short acoustic set and a few songs that they typically don’t play like “The Wanderlust” and “Lighting Storm”  and I am sure a couple more and since they don’t play them I don’t know them. The show ended with the typical encore song “Black Friday Rule”, which was one of the first songs they wrote when they formed the ban and as usual King played the bodhran in the song.

If you don’t know Flogging Molly you should! They are a seven member  American Celtic Rock Band and have their own unique sound. From their website Dave King the leader says about their music:

“If it didn’t have mandolin, accordion, fiddle and whistle, it would be punk rock, and if it didn’t have guitar, bass and drums, it would be traditional Irish music,” King admits, adding, “You can’t be bothered being labeled.”
The band consists of:
Dave King: Vocals and acoustic guitar
Dennis Casey – Electric guitar and vocals
Matthew Hemsley- Accordion, Concertina, piano and vocals
Nathan Maxwell- bass, vocals
Bridget Regan (King’s wife) – violin, tin whistle, classical guitar, vocals
Robert Schmidt – Mandolin, mandola, tenor banjo, five string banjo, vocals
George Scwindt- Drums and percussion
Each of these great musicians, particularly Bridget Regan, Hemsley and Schmidt add to the overall sound of Flogging Molly.
The band started in Los Angeles and played every Monday night at Molly Malone’s and that is where the name originated. King says:
“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.”
Opening the show was a band called The Architects playing typical punk rock they put on a lively show. At moments the guitarist caught my interest but otherwise standard fare for me. The second act was Frank Turner an artist my wife has been listening to since she knew he was going to be on the bill. Frank is from Wikipedia:
Frank Turner (born 28 December, 1981) is an English folk/punk singer-songwriter from Meonstoke,Winchester. Initially the vocalist of post-hardcore band Million Dead, Turner embarked upon a primarily acoustic-based solo career following the band’s split in 2005. To date, Turner has released three solo albums, a rarities compilation album and two EPs. His most recent album, Poetry of the Deed, was released on September 7, 2009.
My wife says that his song lyrics are quirky and good , but at show like last night it’s hard to hear the lyrics, but his set was still enjoyable. Here’s a neat video from his opening song.
All in all it was a great night of music that thankfully wasn’t cancelled because of bad weather! As usual you can check put some videos on the sidebar!
An additional note for fans from their website:
It was announced by the band on Jan 8th on their Twitter page that they will be releasing a new live dvd/cd set called “Live At The Greek Theater” on March 2nd, 2010.
This three disc set (Double CD + full-length DVD) captures Flogging Molly’s performance at the Greek Theatre on September 12, 2009. Featuring over 90 minutes of music spanning the band’s entire catalog, from Swagger to Float. The DVD, shot in HD with over ten cameras, showcases the explosive performance. DVD bonus content includes seven Flogging Molly videos as well as behind the scenes interviews with the band.

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