New Music Review: Flogging Molly’s “Don’t Shut ‘Em Down”

I’m not sure what Flogging Molly was attempting to do with this single, but it’s evident that the band seems to have drifted away from it’s raw, Celtic-Punk roots, almost getting caught up in the glamour of it’s Los Angeles base of operations.  But that’s somewhat contradictory seeing as how the band is recording its new album, expected in May, in an old church/studio located in Asheville North Carolina, which leads me to believe Dave King and company’s musical souls have been corrupted by West Coast culture…which is worrisome.

Several aspects of this song get under my skin including, but not limited to, over production, King suddenly rhyming for the sake of rhyming, the band trading out its rustic string section for an overbearing electric guitar, and inferior lyrics.

Don’t get me wrong, I’m not saying the lyrics are terrible, but compared to Flogging Molly’s work in the past, “Don’t Shut ‘Em Down” is childish.  Hopefully this only a case of shameless self-promotion, a marketing scheme, an attempt at appeasing radio DJs in hopes of more airplay.  Hopefully, another band I love didn’t compromise its style for the mighty dollar and this is an isolated incident…hopefully.

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Chris graduated from The College Of New Jersey in May 2011 with a Bachelor Degree in Journalism and Professional Writing, as well as a degree in Communication Studies. He has held down a position in the Asbury Park Press’ Sports Department since September of 2010 and is a contributor to the outlet's Arts & Entertainment section, and has contributed to The Aquarian Weekly all while being the sole operator of Asbury Park's premier music news outlet Speak Into My Good Eye.
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3 Responses to New Music Review: Flogging Molly’s “Don’t Shut ‘Em Down”

  1. Scarlett says:

    Your review is completely dead on (re: the rhyming, the guitar section). Didn’t King’s vocal also sound really… overproduced? It feels like something’s gone terribly, terribly wrong with FM, music-wise.

    Hoping that your theory about appeasing the DJs is right, or this album is going to be such a disappointment.

  2. Jason says:

    Was that King singing? I’ve been googling trying to find out who the guest vocalist was. What happened to his voice??

  3. Sam says:

    This song hardly sounds irish or punk, at all. And both of those things are what makes flogging molly work! Float was arguably their best work to date, I am desperately hoping that speed of darkness is not a disappointment!

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