It’s nice to see that Los Angeles Celtic rockers Flogging Molly have a mind to keep their Southern California neighbors regular company. After their San Diego stint in March of last year, the group will make a triumphant sold-out return this Thursday as part of the 20th anniversary celebration of the House of Blues.
This will be the first stop on a string of sold-out dates on their West Coast Green 17 tour.
Flogging Molly have come a long way since its bar-crashing roots 15 years ago, and they now sit atop the hierarchy of contemporary punk rock music. They’ve admittedly taken notes from their idols the Pogues and the Clash, yet their unmistakably distinctive whiskey-laden majesty has managed to supply the band with a full-fledged cult following. Four full-length records into their career, 2011’s Speed of Darkness has honed their focus on the working man’s current economic struggle in the United States. It is a fitting transition for an ensemble that has always sought to maintain a hold on social and political awareness.
SoundDiego TV host Daye Salani sat down with accordion player and Carlsbad resident Matt Hensley last year before the band's last House of Blues appearance. The pair discussed the inspiration for Speed of Darkness and the reason for his uncommon instrument of choice. While you're at it, take a look at our gallery of their show last year to get a sneak peek of the action going down Thursday night.
The show will be supported by Irish folk rambler the Mighty Stef and German pop-punk originals Donots. Unfortunately, as we said, the show is sold out, but just in case you nabbed yourself a ticket ahead of time, we’d like to remind you that the doors open at 7 p.m. at the House of Blues on Thursday night.