Audience reception was absolutely perfect. Every single person there had a wonderful time. Before the band came out, the audience was treated to a showing of three comedy pieces from the Rock Against Bush 2 DVD.
USA (Pittsburgh), Oct 7, 2004
Melian, on may 21, 2005 1 of 1 people found this review helpful
Sound: Flogging Molly frontman Dave King once commented on his band, "If you take away the guitars and drums, this would be a nice, little Irish folk band. Take away the fiddle, mandolin and accordion, and Flogging Molly would be one hardcore punk band." He is most certainly correct. However, I was a bit disappointed by the sound of Flogging Molly that night. Yes, they were magnificent if you got close enough to the stage to be able to hear them without aid of the sound system. But if you were farther away, it made for a painful experience. Dave King, on vocals, and Bridget Regan, on violin, were flawless, but the electric guitars were plagued by constant, headache-inducing feedback squeals. If you stood at the right angle, everything sounded okay. If, however, you were unlucky enough to be right near a speaker, you were in for a tough night. // 6
Perfomance: Audience reception was absolutely perfect. Every single person there had a wonderful time, I can guarantee, and with good reason. Before the band came out, the audience was treated to a showing of three comedy pieces from the Rock Against Bush 2 DVD. And then there was the moment when John Lennon's "Imagine" suddenly began blasting from the speakers, and everyone flicked their Bic and sang along. During the show, the band showed their usual frivolity and spunk. After leaning forward to inform the crowd that we were something that sounded suspiciously like "lazy bastards," an obviously intoxicated Dave King dedicated "Drunken Lullabies" to "the biggest bastard out there George W. Bush!" The anti-Bush tone of the show only fueled the crowd's enthusiam. // 10
Overall Impression: The nature of the venue itself added a laid-back, companionable spirit to the show. The show took place on October 7th at the aptly named Rock Club in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, US, and tickets cost about $18 per person (definitely worthwhile, if only for the chance to be around such people). The openers for the gig were the Briggs and the Street Dogs, both moderately well-known punk bands. The Briggs, after doing a spectacular job onstage, mingled with the fans. The Street Dogs, however, held up the show for 20 minutes while they prepared for their set. Eventually the crowd began to riot, screaming "Let's go Street Dogs!" until the humiliated band staggered onstage. They made up for it by putting on a great show. All in all, it was an $18 very well spent, and I am definitely going to their next gig in the PA-OH area. // 8