[UPDATED] Flogging Molly's Dave King On His New Record and the Collapsing Economy

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UPDATE: June 3, 3:37 p.m.:  Fingerprints Music is giving away eight tickets to a secret Flogging Molly show (in LA somewhere) to give away with the purchase of the new album, Speed of Darkness.

Original Post: June 2, 11:23 a.m.:Irish punk band Flogging Molly originally formed in the mid-90s in LA, but since 2006, singer Dave King and his wife/band mate Bridget Regan have split their time between Ireland and Detroit, where they wrote their most recent album, Speed of Darkness. Dave King speaks here about our collapsing economy, and how he relates to Detroit after living in Ireland.

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Flogging Molly at the House of Blues Anaheim on Jan. 1, 2010. Click here to see more images.
OC Weekly: How is Speed of Darkness different from your previous work?
I think musically it's a bit of a growth--it sounds like a band that's growing up. After all these years we've been a band, musically, we're becoming a lot more solid. And lyrically, because of the times that we were recording and stuff like that, it echoes back. We've never sang about these issues before--it was something we kind of had to do because we were writing in Detroit and because the economy has effected everybody. It's just one of those things that we focused in on.

How does the situation in Detroit compare to that of Ireland?
Ireland seems to be the microcosm of Europe right now--them and Greece--and Detroit seems to be the microcosm of America, so they're very very similar. Lots of places closing down. Lots of people leaving. People looking for other countries or situations to find themselves in. I also feel like the sense of humor is pretty similar as well. People in Ireland and people in Detroit always have this very wry, hard sense of humor and it's good to get the water off your back at times.

When were the direct effects of the economic collapse on everyday people most clear to you?
In a village where I lived in Ireland, we have a hotel and a shop and a couple of clubs and a gas station and the hotel and the shop closed down. A lot of for sale signs started popping up. A lot of people were leaving. And in Detroit, as well. You walk your dog around the neighborhood and there's so many houses that are vacant--forclosures. You know, you wouldn't necessarily know about it talking to the people that are there but there is a lot of that, a lot of empty houses. In Ireland, they built what they call these ghost towns, where these housing estates have nobody in them--they're gone. They never even finished them. And so the building completely collapsed there.

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