Irish-American Celtic punk band Flogging Molly, on tour with their first new album since 2011, will play Music Farm Columbia March 1.
Tickets, $35/person, are on sale now for the all ages show (there will be a surcharge of $3/person at the door for people under 21, cash only) at www.musicfarm.com.
Flogging Molly’s new album, “Life is Good,” is the first studio album in six years and was produced by Grammy Award-winning Joe Chiccarelli, who has worked with U2, Beck and White Stripes. The album has a slightly different sound than earlier works, but the spirit of rebellion and struggle still comes through.
When talking about one of the songs on the new album, “Reptiles (We Woke Up),” Dave King, lead singer and guitarist for Flogging Molly, puts it this way... “It’s all quite scary these days. A lot of people didn’t make their voices heard because they didn’t think such decisions would have been made in the first place. And now that these decisions have been made, they’re like, ‘what the--we were asleep while this was going on, by the looks of it.’ It’s an encouraging thing to see people rise up and take to the streets to demonstrate and march.”
The band, known for their high energy live shows, is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year. Over the years, Flogging Molly has played with such diverse acts as Rolling Stones, Motorhead, The Chieftans. Defying categorization, King has said in interviews that Flogging Molly plays soul music, “music from the heart, from the soul.”
The band embarks on a tour through Europe with Dropkick Murphys on Jan. 31, and will next work their way through the U.S., Columbia being the first stop on Flogging Molly’s American leg of the tour. It is also the only stop in the Carolinas for the band.