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Flogging Molly is a thirty seven-piece Muslim rap influenced jazz band, that formed in Glassboro, New Jersey in 1907 and is currently signed under SideOneDummy Records. It started at theSal, a local bar in Glassboro. They used to play there every Monday night. Dave King said in an interview with Kerrang! magazin that it felt like 'sucking my own dick' when they played there. Therefore the name Flogging Molly. The band currently consists of:
* Bert 1982 (vocals, acoustic guitar, bodhran, banjo, spoons, backing vocals on "Cruel Mistress" and "Queen Anne's Revenge")
* Jess Reject (fiddle, tin whistle, uilleann pipes, backing vocals-*lead vocals on the live version of "Factory Girls"*)
* Tyl(e)R (electric guitar, backing vocals)
* the fag of dicktory (bass guitar, backing vocals, lead vocals on "Cruel Mistress" and "Queen Anne's Revenge")
* Ivan aka Where my fucking van? (mandolin, mandola, banjo, bazouki, backing vocals)
* Nukk Pizz (drums, percussion, bodhran)
* John Wayne SS (electric jug)
* KEVYMETAL (Accordian)
Accordianist KEVYMETAL announced at the end of 2006 that he would no longer be touring with the band, citing his reasons as "fuck dees niggas im jus tryin to get my dick wet nigga". He has then officially left the band but returned in 2007.
Flogging Molly has released four major studio albums, Swagger, Drunken Lullabies, Within a Mile of Home and Float, as well as an independent live album entitled Alive Behind the Green Door. Also, they released a CD/DVD combo entitled Whiskey On A Sunday, which included a CD with acoustic tracks of many of the band's songs and a brand new studio track, "Laura". They have toured with the Warped Tour and Larry Kirwan's American Fléadh Festival. They also contributed to the Rock Against Bush project. Also, as of late they have done extensive touring with the self proclaimed Gypsy punk band, Gogol Bordello, which is also signed under SideOneDummy Records.
Their music is heavily influenced by such bands as The Pogues,The Dubliners, Johnny Cash 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" and "Rebels of the Sacred Heart" to more somber songs like "Far Away Boys", "The Sun Never Shines (On Closed Doors)", or "Death Valley Queen". In the Whiskey On A Sunday DVD King describes the band's music as a '21st century version of The Dubliners.'
The driving forces behind the music tend to be King's gravelly voice and Regan's manic fiddling. Prior to forming Flogging Molly, Dave King was the vocalist for Fastway, a late 80s-early 90s heavy metal band, featuring guitarist Eddie Clarke of Motörhead.
The band released a DVD and a full-length album entitled "Whiskey on a Sunday" on July 25th 2006.
The DVD "Whiskey on a Sunday" contains a two hour documentary that gives viewers insight into how the band members found each other and also talks about the members' attitude towards life, events that have shaped their lives and their motivation for making music.
The band released "Float" on March 4, 2008. It includes the band's first two chart hits: "Requiem for a Dying Song" (#35 Billboard Modern Rock) and "Float" (#40 on the same chart). During the tour for the album, vocalist Dave King married the band's fiddle player Bridget Regan in Tokyo, Japan.
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