Back in the late 90s, a band assembled by former heavy metal vocalist Dave King was rocking a little Irish pub called Molly Malone’s every Monday night with their own flavor of Celtic punk. Much like The Pogues, who founded the genre, King’s group aimed to seamlessly blend traditional Irish tunes with a healthy dose of ass-kickery. And they did it well, catching the attention of L.A.-based indie label SideOneDummy Records and hurling the band known as Flogging Molly into the mainstream.
With a gold record in the group’s 2002 release Drunken Lullabies as well as their certified platinum Whiskey On A Sunday, Flogging Molly’s influence on the genre, as well as music in general, speaks for itself. Even the band’s multi-instrumentalist Bob Schmidt has been recognized by Fender for his contributions, first with the release of his own signature electric mandolin and most recently with a tenor banjo that bears his name.