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.