On the heels of releasing their fifth studio album, Speed of Darkness, the hard-charging Irish punk band Flogging Molly has returned to Austin for a sold-out show at Stubb’s tonight. After sowing their seeds in the late ’90s by playing weekly gigs at a Los Angeles pub called Molly Malone’s, this seven-piece band has gone on to sell hundreds of thousands of records while touring the world multiple times and playing some of the biggest festival stages around. You’ve likely heard a few of their more popular songs on the radio or in movies, like the defiant “What’s Left of the Flag” or the good-timing homage “Drunken Lullabies”, but there’s no doubt that Flogging Molly is best experienced in a live setting.
They take the energy of SoCal punk rock and combine it with traditional Irish music, creating a live show that will knock you off your feet. With five albums to their credit and the experience of more than 10 years of constant touring, it is safe to say that Flogging Molly mastered their craft. The band has shown no signs of slowing down, as they are still intensely passionate about the music they play, and are still hailed by critics and fans alike. In fact their 2008 album Float, was dubbed “One of the most important CDs of the year, if not the decade” by Alternative Press.
Flogging Molly’s latest effort, Speed of Darkness, will be released on May 31, 2011 via the band’s own record label, Borstal Beat Records. In advance of tonight’s sold-out show at Stubb’s, Do512 put in a quick phone call to accordion player/skateboarding aficionado Matt Hensley to see what the band has been up to. Take a listen below: