Flogging Molly head to Newcastle this month so Wayne Madden caught up with the band to speak about their new release, touring, and working with Grammy Award-winning producer, Joe Chiccarelli
You’re set to play 12 shows in the UK in December including a gig at 02 Academy in Newcastle on 6th December, so what can your fans expect from your set in Newcastle? Will it be a mixture of old and new tracks, for example?
It will be a mixture of songs from all of our records new and old. I think it’d be fun to throw in a holiday song for the tour so we’ll see if we can. With the line-up of bands – Lost In Stereo, The Bronx, Face To Face – the show will kick your ass in the best of ways.
You’ve not so long ago released your first album in more than six years, so what should prospective buyers expect from the release in terms of sound and lyrical content?
A musical “record” of where and what we have experienced in the 6 years. It’s a small snapshot as all of our records are a snapshot of where the band is at that moment. There’s a lot of themes covered because of what happens in life. For example, Dave’s Mother passed away, my Father passed away and we got a different drummer – those are life-changing experiences. The sound is of a band whose toured their asses off for 20 years.
What was it like working with Grammy Award-winning producer, Joe Chiccarelli (Counting Crows, My Morning Jacket, Manchester Orchestra)?
Joe is very focused and works hard during the recording process; he knows how to get great sounds. He’d work 15 hours a day and would make me change my focus and point me in directions I would not have thought of going, like play a bunch of blazing solos and then say now play it with only a few notes. He was always focused on the rhythm of a track and then we’d build it from there.
You’re celebrating 20 years in the industry this year, that’s a huge achievement…
It is! I am so grateful to be able to do this thing and to do it for so long. It doesn’t feel like 20 years. It’s not easy keeping a band together for that long but some do it. We’ve grown into a second family.
And finally, what can we expect from you in 2019? And do you think there’ll be a 30th/40th anniversary for the band?
2019 will be a busy year of touring. I’d love to work on some new music. I hope we have a 30th and 40th. I see no reason why we won’t as long as we all remain heathy…
Flogging Molly head to 02 Academy Newcastle on Thursday 6th December. Tickets, priced at £17.40, are available from ticketmaster.co.uk.