A few days before St. Patrick’s Day, I picked up Flogging Molly’s new album, “Float.” These guys have been a staple on the Celtic-punk scene for years, but somehow I never got around to buying one of their albums. I guess I had gotten my fill of Celtic-punk through some of my longtime favorites like Dropkick Murphys and The Tossers.
So I’ve been listening to “Float” now for more than a month and I still have it in heavy rotation. If I had to choose a favorite album of 2008 so far, this might be it. The seven-member Los Angeles band, led by native Irishman Dave King, obviously is inspired by Celtic-punk originators The Pogues, but Flogging Molly’s sound on “Float” is less ramshackle and more focused, with Bridget Regan’s fiddle giving the songs a traditional feel while Dennis Casey’s electric guitar adds a contemporary snap.
It looks like I’m far from the only Flogging Molly fan out there, based on the 5 million views of the group’s MySpace page, where about half of the song’s on “Float” are streaming in their entirety. If you only have time to listen to one song, I’d suggest “The Lightning Storm,” which seamlessly flows from fast to faster to warp-speed. I recently was jogging when the song came on my iPod, and I felt like it transformed me into an Olympic sprinter, if only for a few minutes.
What do you think of Flogging Molly?