Flogging Molly is a Celtic punk band formed by the former hard rock band Fastaway member, Dave King.
FLOGGING MOLLY’S ORIGINS
During the 1980s’, Dave King was first a member and lead vocalist of the metal band Fastway together with Eddie Clark of Motorhead and Pete Way of UFO. He was also part of the band called Katmandu with Mandy Meyer of Krokus playing the guitar. Afterwards, King departed from his recording company and decided to pursue his musical career on his own.
Flogging Molly was formed when King started making music with Ted Hutt (guitars, Jeff Peters (bass), and Bridget Regan (fiddle). The music they made contained some unique Celtic sounds and could be described as a combination of Irish traditional and rock music. Some of the songs that they performed included Black Friday Rule and Devil’s Dance Floor. However, Hutt and Peters had to leave eventually to make music with their own bands. King and Regan had no choice but to start searching for new members for Flogging Molly.
FLOGGING MOLLY’S MUSICAL CAREER
The duo continued their gigs in a pub called Molly Malone’s before Nathen Maxwell joined them. A live album called Alive Behind the Green Door was released by Flogging Molly in 1997. It would be followed by the release of other albums including Swagger, Drunken Lullabies, Within a Mile of Home, Float, and Speed of Darkness. There was also Whiskey on a Sunday, a set of acoustic, live DVD and CD’s of the band. Flogging Molly was also part of the Warped Tour, American Fleadh Festival, and Rock Against Bush project.
In 2007, the EP Complete Control Sessions came out in iTunes. It was followed by the release of Float the next year. The album was greatly praised and it managed to reach the 4th spot on the Billboard Top 200 Chart. The songs Requiem for a Dying Song and Float were 35th and 40th on the Billboard Modern Rock charts respectively. The success of Float was followed by Drunken Lullabies’ which went gold after it came out in 2009.
Flogging Molly released Live At the Greek Theater in 2010, a live compilation of the band’s performance at the Greek Theatre. It was followed by the release of the album Speed of Darkness in 2011.