Flogging Molly Is Changing. And, Not.

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Getting typecast as “that St. Patrick’s Day band” could be a terrifying prospect.

But whereas some respond to such designation by playing down certain hackneyed elements of their culture as an attempt to avoid becoming cliché, Los Angeles’ Flogging Molly, whose combination of the traditional elements of Celtic music with the energy and brashness of American-style punk has propelled this band for well over a decade now, unapologetically embraces this classification.

“Fourteen years down the road, the typecasting has already been done,” says Flogging Molly mandolin and banjo player Bob Schmidt. “I don’t think we’re afraid of it. It just is what is. People like to look at things compartmentally and narrowly because it’s easier to associate them with other things they know. It’s there, and we don’t want to perpetuate it, but at the same time we’re not going to worry about it. We are what we are. People have to learn to love it or hate it on their own accord, and there’s not a lot we can do about it.”


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