Flogging Molly broke onto the scene at a Los Angeles pub called Molly Malone's back in the early '90s when frontman Dave King debuted his brand of Celtic punk: songs about growing up in Dublin with Irish instrumentation and punk intensity.
King pairs his recollections with an exuberant spirit, and the music effervesces with ardor, especially when played live.
"We're the kind of band that [fans] see us together performing live, and the feeling they get gives them something to remember the shows by," said mandolinist Bob Schmidt. "With us, they're as big a part of the show as we are. That energy they supply us, we try to redouble it and send it back to them and we toss it back and forth."