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Photos: Flogging Molly Comes Back Home To Detroit

If you are a fan of Celtic Punk music, Flogging Molly is a band that needs no introduction. They’re one of the genre’s most iconic groups, and along with artists such as Dropkick Murphys and a few others, they truly went to great lengths to shape what’s now considered the main core sound of the genre – a combination of Bay-area style punk music (Think Rancid) and rowdy Irish folk songs.

This was a rather unique show for the band, since Detroit is home to several band members. The group even touched on the city’s controversial history with their album “Speed of Darkness”, dealing with the rise, fall and resurrection of one of America’s most unique cities. This was the band’s first show in the motor city for quite some time. Needless to say, the crowd’s excitement reached very high levels for the night. The band definitely lived up the the expectations of their loyal following, and delivered a night to remember.

As you can expect, this is exactly the kind of music that prompts people to move and dance from the moment the band members hit the strings and the drum skins. Their live show is dynamic and direct, and the group sounds like a powerful unit, almost like The Pogues, but on steroids.

Whether you had the chance to see a Flogging Molly show a few years back, or a more recent performance, you’ll probably find that the group has a sound that’s nearly timeless. They aim to create a fun atmosphere for fans, and even if you are absolutely not familiar with any of their new or old material, you can’t help but feel like you belong to something really special when you’re jumping, mashing and dancing with the crowd.

The band’s set is a continuous dance, and few other groups can keep up with such high levels of intensity (shout out to Gogol Bordello) – What makes their set really unique is their punk spin on classic drinking songs, and the band’s breakout hits such as “Drunken Lullabies” really mad the floor shake.

The songs from the bands most recent albums resonated just as well with fans of the band, and they blended really well with the rest of their set, making for an enjoyable experience from top to bottom. Flogging Molly is notorious for being one of the best live acts to see, and for good reason.

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