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Check out these 5 fun Flogging Molly facts before the band plays Riverside on Friday

By in Press Enterprise on October 12, 2017

By George Paul

Flogging Molly spent six years between the release of latest album “Life is Good” and predecessor “Speed of Darkness” (its second consecutive top 10 debut on the Billboard 200 chart). Yet much of the time was spent steadily touring around the world.

Having built a faithful following, the Celtic folk/punk band has headlined large venues like the former Irvine Meadows, Greek Theatre and Forum, and tonight performs at Riverside’s Municipal Auditorium.

Leader and Dublin native Dave King formed an early version of the group while doing a weekly residency at Molly Malone’s in Los Angeles. A firm lineup was solidified for 1997 indie bow “Alive Behind the Green Door,” which was recorded at that Irish pub.

Best known for the songs “Don’t Shut ‘Em Down,” “Requiem for a Dying Song” and “Float,” the septet has continually forged a fiery sonic path, often with politically charged lyrics that keep the spirit of The Pogues and Clash alive.

The excellent, mostly upbeat “Life is Good” was recorded live with all musicians in the same room — a rarity nowadays.

Among the standouts are the jaunty title track, a spirited “Welcome to Adamstown” featuring the Mariachi El Bronx trumpeters, “The Days We’ve Yet to Meet” (sung by bassist Nathen Maxwell) and “Last Serenade.” The latter two sport gang choruses tailor made for hoisting beers in unison.

Here are five things you may not know about the band:

• During the mid-1980s, King fronted metal band Fastway alongside former Motorhead guitarist “Fast” Eddie Clarke; they landed a top 20 album rock radio hit with “Say What You Will.”

• Accordionist Matt Hensley was a popular pro-skateboarder in the late 1980s/early ’90s, appeared in skate films and had his own signature boards.

• Their take on the Dublin City Ramblers’ “The Rare Ould Times,” heard on 2002’s gold-certified “Drunken Lullabies,” has also been recorded […]    

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