Flogging Molly still hasn’t come up with an album title for their forthcoming May release, but their first single is mixed and mastered … and doesn’t really sound like Flogging Molly (who are scheduled to play the Fillmore Miami Beach on Feb. 12). But don’t fret, ye kilt-wearing anarchists, for this is a good thing.
Before listening to “Don’t Shut ‘Em Down”, keep in mind a snippet from our interview with Flogging Molly mandolinist Bob Schmidt. “We’re capable enough musicians where we can do straight rock or blues,” Schmidt said, alluding to how the new album, the band’s fifth studio, veers from FM’s signature Irish punk sound.
With that said, Flogging Molly enters power pop territory with “Don’t Shut ‘Em Down”. Their famed energy is largely intact; it’s just more nuanced. Power chords and a long-driving melody sustain the song, which hearkens to the New Pornographers’ 2005 Twin Cinema. With the band’s extended stay in Detroit to write the upcoming album, it’s obvious why Flogging Molly frontman Dave King penned lyrics like, “This is life in a modern town/the windows smashed up with the doors kicked out.”