Flogging Molly at the Brick, 5/31/12
with Reverend Peyton's Big Damn Band
The Brick, Minneapolis
Thursday, May 31, 2012
Flogging Molly are anything but standard. Their sound is furious, solid, and intense, augmented with an accordion, banjo, bodhrán, and tin whistle to accompany the typical guitars, bass, and drums of a standard rock band. But again, Floggy Molly are anything but standard. And the seven-piece Irish rock band easily stirred up a ruckus for an already rowdy crowd at The Brick on Thursday night.
With a twenty three song set, Flogging Molly (with Dave King on lead vocals and acoustic guitar, Dennis Casey on electric guitar, Matthew Hensley on accordion, Nathen Maxwell on bass, Bridget Regan on violin and tin whistle, Robert Schmidt on banjo, and George Schwindt on drums), came with high energy and made sure the audience got their money's worth. The band performed for nearly two hours, including songs from their latest release, Speed of Darkness , and a couple of songs not heard from the band in a while.
Opening with Dave King singing "The Wrong Company" as the band took their places onstage, the group wasted no time in getting down to business. Flogging Molly numbers instill an impassioned singing-at-the-top-of-your-lungs and fist-pumping reaction in people. Whether on the title track "Speed of Darkness," "Life in a Tenement Square," or "Requiem For a Dying Song," the sound of the crowd teetered on the verge of overpowering the band. Knowing his audience was so engrossed in the music gave King plenty of gratification, enough to thank Minneapolis many times during the set.
Dave dedicated "Saints and Sinners" to bassist Nathen Maxwell's daughter Cecilia, who turned two on the 31st -- claiming she was the saint and Nathen the sinner. One of Flogging Molly's many protest songs, "The Power's Out," was dedicated to the CEOs of Wall Street, and led to a couple of quieter, relatively folky numbers, "The Son Never Shines (On Closed Doors)" and "A Prayer For Me in Silence," the latter track was a poignantly heartbreaking song featuring Regan on vocals. Since that it was Bob Dylan's birthday last week, the band fittingly added a cover of "The Times They Are A-Changin,'" a song they recorded for a compilation done for Amnesty International, midway through the show.
Flogging Molly expertly sequenced their selections, throwing in a calmer set in time for the crowd to calm down, but it was soon back to moshing soon enough with "Black Friday Rule," which had everyone save George Schwindt and Dennis Casey onstage, and leading to Dennis breaking into a guitar solo and stagediving into the crowd.
Loving every song Flogging Molly played, the crowd didn't seem to play into the bad publicity of late with The Brick. In classic punk-rock style, the songs were an avenue to forget everything and release anger and aggression. The main floor was a setting of constant flux and flow of erupting frenzy; so raise your glass, or cell phone, in honor of a band that has been rocking for fifteen plus years and has no intention of stopping anytime soon.
Critic's bias: Irish punk-rock is not my usual norm of music choice, but I truly enjoyed the musicianship of the band, all the while drawing parallels to the Dropkick Murphys show a few months ago at First Ave. -- which also had an acoustic set in the middle of the show.
Random notebook dump: If you don't want to get hurt, stay out of the mosh pit.
Overheard in the crowd: "Fuck yeah, the banjo!" I've never heard anyone cheer about the banjo before.
The crowd: Die-hard fans who knew every word to every song.
The Wrong Company (Intro)
The Likes of You Again
Speed of Darkness
Life in Tenement Square
Whistles the Wind
Saints and Sinners
Requiem For a Dying Song
The Power's Out
The Son Never Shines (on Closed Doors)
A Prayer For Me in Silence
The Times They Are A-Changin'
Black Friday Rule
Oliver Boys (All of Our Boys)
Rebels of the Sacred Heart
Devil's Dance Floor
If I Ever Leave the World Alive
What's Left of the Flag
Seven Deadly Sins
The Worst Day Since Yesterday
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