Flogging Molly is LA-based, right? Did you grow up there as well?
No, I grew up in Dublin, in Ireland!
Oh yeah? I should have guessed that!
I moved to LA about ten years ago, though.
Ten years ago? So where’d you meet the rest of the band?
At a place called Molly Malone’s, it’s an Irish Bar.
“Molly”, did you say?
Molly Malone’s, yeah.
So is that where the name came from?
Yeah. We got this band together, and we felt like we were flogging it to death, y’know? So we called it Flogging Molly.
So what did you grow up listening to that influenced the Flogging Molly sound?
Well, the first band I really got into in Ireland was a band called Horslrts (did I spell that right?), and they were like the first band I saw that mixed traditional Irish music with rock music. And, it really blew me away when I was a kid. Then, I got into bands like T-Rex and Bowie and all that, and I sorta had this rock edge as well. I loved rock. I really did. I loved punk, I loved glam, I loved everything.
Have you ever heard of a band, a Canadian band actually, from Newfoundland, they’re called Great Big Sea?
They’re cool. They kinda do that Celtic rock sound. They wouldn’t really be punk influenced, but they’re a fun band too.
Yeah, I think it’s great music! It’s very energetic, and it’s very lively. And it’s not out there to tell people what to do or anything. It’s just about having a good time.
Yeah, I’ve liked that Celtic sound for years. So what kind of an audience gathers at a conventional Flogging Molly show, like in LA?
A range, a huge range of people, from people in their 50’s and 60’s to 15 year-old punks. It always amazed me to see all the 15 year-old punks down in the front, absolutely insane, and down back, the somewhat more, how to describe them, sedated, type of crowd, y’know? And that’s what’s amazed me, this vast type of audience that we have. We did the Warped Tour this year, you know?
Yeah, I was going to ask about it!
And that was pretty amazing, because we didn’t know how our music could be handled. Know what I mean? ‘Cause we’re going on with all these bands like Green Day, and nofx, and mxpx, and stuff like that.
And Snapcase. Hardcore.
And Snapcase, yeah! And … the crowd loved it!
Yeah, well I imagine it wouldn’t be too tough for the crowd to get into it, because Warped Tour has always been pretty diverse.
Yeah, it’s a really good show. It really is. It was a great showcase for the bands, y’know? The hardest thing about the Warped Tour is playing in the daytime. We’re more of a night time band. You know, have a pint of Guinness and away we go.
*laughs* I know…
It’s pretty hard to have a pint of Guinness when you’re in the middle of nowhere at twelve o’clock in the afternoon.
What song would you say best got the kids moving on the Warped Tour?
Ummmm… I would have to say songs like, “Salty Dog” … “Black Friday Rule”. Uhhh, “Delilah”. We do a cover of Tom Jones’, “Delilah” and we really pump that one up. Those were some of the songs they really got into. You can really rock and have an acoustic guitar, know what I mean?
‘Cause, punk to me… it’s an attitude. Know what I mean? It doesn’t matter what you are or what you do, if you got fuckin’ attitude, or a passion about what you do, you’re a punk like anybody.
Absolutely! I couldn’t agree more.
It’s the one thing I learned being in this band, to be honest with you, is … we can be standing up there with seven people and an accordion, and tin whistles, and a fiddle, and all that, but we’ve got fuckin’ attitude. And the kids can see that.
How did you get hooked up with Side One Dummy, a punk label as well?
Actually our accordion player, Matt, was friends with Joe who is one of the co-owners of Side One. We had been going through several record deals at the time. We had several companies that were basically interested, but it never quite hit the ink. So, Matt called Joe and said why don’t you come check out the band. And he came down and checked out the show, and he loved it! We wanted to go with them, because Flogging Molly didn’t even do a tour at that stage. We needed somebody who was gonna put us out on the road, and we’ll take care of the rest. And that’s what they’ve done. They’re a great street label and I love being with them. You can call them up at any fuckin’ time, y’know… “wanna go out for a beer” … it’s not like a “record company” type of thing. Which I’m really fuckin’ fed up with…
It’s so stupid! We were in LA, playing for two and a half years before we got a record deal. And as soon as we get the deal with Side One Dummy, and start to sell records, we start gettin’ calls from everybody. … It’s like, “you guys are selling CD’s … we have to talk … blah blah blah”. It’s bullshit, y’know? It’s like they want other people, like Side One Dummy, to do the work for them, then they’ll take the cream off the top, which I’m not really into.
So now that you’re back from the Warped Tour, what’s up next?
A couple of us have gone back to Ireland for a little while. Then we’re gonna go on tour with the Mighty. Mighty Bosstones, from September through to November. We have a few shows lined up before that, but they’re west coast dates, just to keep us in tact before the Bosstones tour. I’m really looking forward to going on tour with the Bosstones. They’re a great bunch of guys, and we have a great time with them. And after that, I couldn’t tell ya! Haven’t a clue!
Alright. Well … that’s about it! Thanks for the interview, and I’ll try to get down to Seattle to check you guys out when you’re with the Bosstones!
Interview by : Tim Krysko : CTRL-ALT-DEL