A 5-track introduction to Flogging Molly’s breakneck Celtic punk

Since the turn of the millennium, Flogging Molly have been producing hard and fast punk that’s ideal for speeding, throwing elbows, and screaming at the top of your lungs with your best drinking buddy in tow.

So to celebrate their return to Australia in April 2019 with Bluesfest Touring, we thought it high time we told you what they’re all about.

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Grab a pint and break it over your own forehead with Flogging Molly, one of Ireland’s premier punk acts for almost 20 years running.

Drunken Lullabies

For many, Drunken Lullabies is the first port of call in their Flogging Molly journey. Breakneck melodies, beer-swigging choruses and a multi-instrumental performance are perfect indicators of what’s to come, should you dive into their music further.

Like many of their songs, Drunken Lullabies is best enjoyed with a drink and a crowd.

Seven Deadly Sins

By the time Flogging Molly had released Within a Mile of Home in 2004, they had grown somewhat more refined without losing any of their spirit.

Seven Deadly Sins is a sailor’s ballad wound up as tight as possible, then sprung loose to unleash itself upon the world. You’ll feel salty after a single listen.

Salty Dog

Speaking of salt. This tune from the band’s debut album Swagger is quintessential Flogging Molly, and one of their songs which most proudly wears a Celtic influence.

This record, mixed by legendary engineer Steve Albini (Pixies, The Breeders, Nirvana), set the groundwork for Flogging Molly’s explosive ascent. The music was boundless in its energy and drive, the kind of punk which could turn even the snobbiest crowd into a gnarled sweaty mess.

The Wrong Company

Somewhat of a black sheep amongst Flogging Molly’s discography, The Wrong Company is a completely a Cappella track nestled amongst their third album Within a Mile of Home.

It’s Dave King’s vocals and lyricism in their rawest form; a 34-second vignette which adds an infinite amount of depth to one of Flogging Molly’s strongest albums.

If I Ever Leave This World Alive

From Drunken Lullabies’ synonymous album comes If I Ever Leave This World Alive, another track which offers a rare glimpse at Flogging Molly’s softer side.

Celtic punk is hardly the genre you’d turn to if you wanted to undertake an emotional journey, but that’s just how Flogging Molly roll. We all need a quiet moment sometimes, especially the loudest of us.


See Flogging Molly perform live in Australia in April 2019:

Powerstation, Auckland NZ – 12 April 2019
Tickets available here

HQ, Adelaide – 14 April 2019
Tickets available here

170 Russell, Melbourne – 17 April 2019
Tickets available here

Metro Theatre, Sydney – 18 April 2019
Tickets available here

Also performing at Byron Bay Bluesfest.