By Flogging Molly
Flogging Molly are an unusual bunch of individuals. A Irish-American folk band from a drinking hole in downtown LA, brought together by the love of Guinness and a good Celtic tune; the same seven individuals that use the inlay card for their new 12-track album, Drunken Lullabies to big up the likes of The Mighty Mighty Bosstones, Hot Water Music and Sum 41. The album, engineered by Steve Albini, is released on the back of their participation in the Warped and Deconstruction tours and the Molly party will soon be supported around the USA by Andrew WK and Sahara Hotnights. I have to admit, these are not the accompanying notes I was expecting. But lively, raucous alternative-folk Celtic tunes, belted out with intense gusto, clears up any remaining confusion I may have. They owe much to The Dubliners, though sound a lot more like The Pogues. Not quite in the vein of Tansads, but heading off that way. Sometimes they sound a little like The Levellers, but generally heavier: "chaotic punk-folk" and "agro-Celt" are a suitable lift from the press release for their forthcoming Leeds show. In fact, if I can pinch another line then "The Ramones drunkenly hammering out Pogues covers" looks good too. Fiddle, accordion, banjo, tin whistle, mandolin and r-o-c-k, look really, there is nothing more that I can add that'll describe more how much this record has been a great day's listen. And in a household like mine (married to an Irish-American, and with the inlaws staying over) it's been very, very well received.