Dressed in black, the seven members of Flogging Molly played to a sold-out House of Blues on Friday. With seven full-length albums, the band’s fiery brand of Irish punk kept the audience moving through multiple cans of Guinness.
Opening band the Architects figured out how to combine classic rock ‘n’ roll with punk mentality. “We got two kinds of songs,” said singer Brandon Phillips. “We got songs about drugs, and we got songs about law enforcement.”
Singer-songwriter Frank Turner followed with a set of acoustic-driven songs that sounded a lot like a British version of Molly.
Flogging Molly fans are a different breed. Lots of concertgoers are loud, drunk and rowdy, but not many stop a show for 15 minutes to be hauled off on a stretcher. A Flogging Molly fan got hurt on Friday, but not too hurt to flash devil horns as he was being carried away.
The band opened with “(No More) Paddy’s Lament” and “Requiem for a Dying Song” from its latest album, Float. Old favorites like “The Likes of You Again” and “Rebels of the Sacred Heart” started slow before moving into infectious, fist-pumping anthems fueled by kinetic energy. They’re songs that make you want to throw your arms around the douchebag who spent half the night stepping on your foot and the other half spilling his beer on you.
The band slowed things down with an acoustic set inspired by it album Whiskey on A Sunday. Anyone who thinks Molly are a bunch of drunken Irishmen — only one of them is actually from Dublin — had his mind changed after hearing the melancholy and endearing “The Wanderlust” and “Factory Girls.”
The audience calmed down a little during the acoustic songs, but when the band played “Drunken Lullabies” and “Tobacco Island,” more Guinness ended up on the floor than in people’s mouths.
Throughout the show Flogging Molly combined their Irish roots with a punk spirit. When the band stopped playing to make sure someone called an ambulance for the hurt dude, someone said, “That’s why I like this band. They give a shit about their fans.” —Brittany Moseley
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