Flogging Molly gives voice to those struggling to survive

“I sometimes drink ’til I am empty, grab another from the shelf,” begins a verse from the Flogging Molly song “The Cradle of Humankind.” It concludes with the couplet, “Never listened to much reason, ’til I hear it’s last call / When I notice that my ghost is still dancing on its own.” “Cradle” is one of the highlights off the seven-piece band’s angry, beautiful, politically charged CD “Speed of Darkness,” a raucous, punk-folk collection that celebrates everyday people struggling to survive the here and now. Released late last year, “Speed” balances high velocity anthems like video single “Don’t Shut ‘Em Down” (inspired by the pluck and perseverance of the people of Detroit) with the melancholy yet defiant “Cradle.” Flogging Molly leader, singer and songwriter David King explained that the song and CD were inspired by the loss of jobs and economic security that have ravaged his native Ireland and his adopted home of Detroit. King, who on Wednesday plays the House of Blues with the band, says one goal of the CD was to capture the psychological toll of the global recession.

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Flogging Molly gives voice to those struggling to survive

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