By Christine Leonard
CALGARY – What can you say about the Irish-American punk rock seven-piece, Flogging Molly, that hasn’t already been said in their 20-year history? From their salty 2000 introduction, Swagger (SideOneDummy Records), and its down-and-out earworm “The Worst Day Since Yesterday,” to their socially and politically charged 2011 ripper, Speed of Darkness, on the band’s own Borstal Beat Records label, the L.A.-based ensemble has never hungered for source material.
Flogging Molly’s tradition of generating working class anthems with a ripping folk punk twist continues with the release of the band’s sixth studio album, Life is Good. Taking a break from their ongoing North American tour with the Dropkick Murphy’s master of the mandolin and banjo, Bob Schmidt, talked about Flogging Molly’s most recent LP and what he and his fellow purveyors of drunken lullabies have been up to as of late.
BeatRoute: What comes to mind when you think of your experiences touring Canada?
Bob Schmidt: My favourite time playing in Canada is when we do coast-to-coast tours and really get to experience the diversity across the whole country. It’s a beautiful place and the people are great. We have always had such great shows; bringing this tour through will be great!
BR: How do you like to unwind and recover from your hectic work schedule?
BS: I spend time with my family when I get home. That takes up most of the ‘spare’ time. I also ride bikes and spend as much time in my recording studio as I can. Between the road and the family, I stay pretty busy.
BR: What kind of music does Flogging Molly like to listen to on your tour bus? |
BS: We listen to everything! There’s 12 people on our bus, so there’s all sorts of music being played. We usually decide who gets to play the next song by arm wrestling
BR: Referencing the title of your 2017 album, please fill in the blank: Life is good when________.
BS: When you take a moment to realize how fortunate you are, and how lucky you are to be alive at all!
Flogging Molly perform with Dropkick Murphys September 17 at the Shaw Conference Center (Edmonton), September 18 at the Revolution Place (Grand Prairie) and September 20 at the PNE Forum (Vancouver)Celtic-punk, Flogging Molly, Irish-American, PNE Forum, punk, Revolution Place, rock, Shaw Conference Center