Flogging Molly is a group of American Celtic punk, originally from Los Angeles, California. Formed in 1997, it consists of Dave King, Bob Schmidt, Matt Hensley, Nathen Maxwell, Dennis Casey, Bridget Regan and George Schwindt.
Dave King, founder of the group, was born and raised in Ireland. His parents, musicians, wanted him to play Irish traditional music too. But he is quickly attracted by hard rock and punk rock, in full expansion at this time. He left for the United States in the 1980s and acted as singer for Fastway heavy metal with "Fast" Eddie Clarke, Motörhead's former guitarist. In 1989, he moved to Los Angeles, California to join the Katmandu group. It was in 1997, at the Molly Malone's pub that he met some other musicians with whom he formed Flogging Molly. According to Dave King, the name of the band comes from the merging of the name of the pub where they used to play every Monday, the Molly Malone's, and the English phrase meaning "to waste time and make vain efforts" to accomplish something unachievable, "" flogging a dead horse ". Dave King writes the lyrics of his songs on a 1916 typewriter, the year of the 1916 Easter uprising in Ireland.
Flogging Molly is above all a stage band, famous for its energetic energy in concert. Their first album, Alive Behind the Green Door, originally released in 1997 (and reissued in 2006 by SideOneDummy) is, symptomatically, a live album. The band does not have a definitive band yet, and around Dave, George and Bridget play Ted Hutt on guitar, Toby McCallum on mandolin and Jeff Peters on bass.
Only three years later, in 2000, Flogging Molly released their first studio album, Swagger, followed in 2002 by Drunken Lullabies, then in 2004 from Within a Mile of Home. The song If I Ever Leave This Alive World is used in episode 8 Scar Tissue (VO) of the second season of The Shield (2003), in the episode 5 Nostalgie Disco (Lude Awakening in VO) of the first season of Weeds and in the movie PS I Love You>. The song Drunken Lullabies is used in the video game Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 4>. The song To Youth (My Sweet Roisin Dubh), it is used in the video game FIFA 2005. The song The Worst Day Since Yesterday is used in the movie Mr. and Mrs. Smith released in 2005>, as well as in the Stargate Universe Life series, episode 9 of the first season.