To celebrate the release of the 20th Anniversary limited edition vinyl box set of the band’s debut album, Swagger, acclaimed Celtic punk band Flogging Molly will air “Happy Hour With Flogging Molly,” a one-hour roundtable discussion moderated by SideOneDummy‘s Joe Sib and featuring questions submitted by fans. Airing this Friday, 23rd October at 10 p.m. UK time / 5 p.m. ET / 2 p.m. PT on FloggingMolly.com, “Happy Hour With Flogging Molly” will serve as an inside look at the history of the band and the era in which this album was released, with stories detailing this pivotal time in the band’s career. “Happy Hour With Flogging Molly” is sponsored by Breckenridge Brewery’s Nitro Irish Stout.
The soon-to-be-released 2x-LP Swagger 20th Anniversary package – which is limited to 5000 units – will include a remixed and remastered version of the album that features a bonus version of “Sentimental Johnny” en Español as “Juan El Sentimental.” A bonus LP featuring three live songs recorded in 2001 at Denver’s famed Bluebird Theatre plus a Traditional Irish Set (recorded with Steve Albini in “one take with no overdubs”), a never-before-seen DVD documentary from 2000 including a full live performance, an expanded Lyric Booklet featuring photos from the band’s personal collection, Flogging Molly Logo vinyl slip mat, embroidered patch and four badge Swagger button pack will also be included. The package is now available via the SideOneDummy U.S. store HERE and EU store HERE.
20 years ago, Swagger impacted the punk and rock music worlds as an utterly unique statement from an undeniably incredible group of musicians, who to that point had been honing the songs in increasingly packed bars until all were razor sharp. Swagger would go on to serve as the blueprint for an entire style of modern punk rock, melding classic punk with Celtic roots and instrumentation. Dave King, frontman for Flogging Molly, had the following to share about the upcoming reissue:
“Never in our wildest dreams did we ever imagine that 20 years on, we would be celebrating the release of our first studio album, ‘Swagger’. Yet here we are, a little older, maybe none the wiser, but very grateful for what has been an amazing experience. More than 20 years ago we set sail for Chicago, the home of Electrical Audio and the wonderful Steve Albini. With a fistful of songs, from ‘Salty Dog’ to ‘Far Away Boys’, we plugged in and belted out everything we had and made sure that no song was left behind. Little did we know that ‘Swagger’ would become the breaking ground, and the sound, of Flogging Molly. So, we would like to thank you all for the last 20 years of wonderful memories, and hopefully many more to come.”
From our family to yours,
Dave King / Flogging Molly
Following the biggest year of touring in the band’s history that saw them play over 100 shows across North America, South America, EU/UK, Japan and Australia, as well as a sold out Salty Dog cruise, Flogging Molly are excited to announce they have signed with Rise Records/BMG for the world. The band is currently writing its next album, and recording will commence as soon as possible in 2021.
Flogging Molly is Dave King (lead vocals, acoustic guitar, bodhran), Bridget Regan (violin, tin whistle, vocals), Dennis Casey (guitar, vocals), Matt Hensley (accordion, concertina, vocals), Nathen Maxwell (bass guitar, vocals), Spencer Swain (mandolin, banjo, guitar, vocals), Mike Alonso (drums, percussion).