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Flogging Molly

"Flogging Molly is a seven-piece Irish American Celtic punk band, that formed in Los Angeles. In an interview with Kerrang! magazine, singer Dave King revealed that the band's name comes from Molly Malone's, also known as the LA tarrier, an Irish pub in LA. "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." The band started as King played Irish music in bars and pubs. They recruited more members until becoming the seven-person ensemble that they are today. They were signed onto SideOneDummy Records after a show when the record company's owners attended a concert and noted their intensity.

Their music is influenced by such bands as The Pogues, The Dubliners, and Stiff Little Fingers, and the country twang of such legends as Johnny Cash. It includes many references to the Roman Catholic Church and ranges from boisterous punk rock like the pirate-themed 'Salty Dog' and 'Seven Deadly Sins,' or the defiant 'What's Left of the Flag', 'With a Wonder and a Wild Desire', 'Drunken Lullabies', and 'Rebels of the Sacred Heart' to more sombre songs like 'Far Away Boys', 'The Son Never Shines (On Closed Doors)', or 'Death Valley Queen'. The driving forces behind the music tend to be King's gravelly voice and Regan's manic fiddling."

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