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Flogging Molly Keeps Politics Potent In Its Music

Posted: Wednesday, February 18, 2009

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Flogging Molly’s latest album, “Float,” is filled with ardent political discourse inspired by George W. Bush’s tenure as U.S. president. But even with Barack Obama in office and a markedly different tenor in the country, frontman Dave King is confident the group’s songs still hold up.

“I think songs like ‘Float’ and stuff like that, it’s a survival-type thing — just about standing up and being counted. That message is still valid,” says King, 47, who, with wife Bridget, splits his time between homes in Detroit and Ireland.

“You have to understand that America is a huge deal to the rest of the world; I don’t think people here realize the influence it has. The people really needed to step up to the plate and really give us a sense of hope.

“It’s just so great to see now, with (Obama), we have something we can all work towards. That’s what the album is about, the idea that we are trying to make a change.”

But, King adds, the fact remains that many of the issues on “Float” still remain — specially war, which is why the latest single, “Lightning Storm,” remains relevant as well.

“That’s clearly directed at decisions that were made that were, in my opinion, wrong decisions — like sending innocent men and women to fight in a war that shouldn’t have been fought,” says King, adding that Flogging Molly has “a game plan” for his next album, though he’s not talking about it.

“At least now we can talk about things like that with a sense of hope. Hopefully, we’re not still going to be in that quagmire two years from now. That would be so frustrating ...”

Floggy Molly, the Aggrolites and the Mighty Stef perform at 7:30 p.m. Thursday (Feb. 18) at the Fillmore Detroit, 2115 Woodward Ave. Tickets are $25. Call (313) 961-5451 or visit www.livenation.com.

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