Muruch.com’s RAINN benefit album & fundraising campaign officially launches this month! Donate $10 (or more) at Muruch.com’s RAINN.org fundraising page to receive your free digital album of Muruch.com for RAINN. This magnificent 25-mp3 album features: Concrete Blonde’s Johnette Napolitano, Sandman author Neil Gaiman, Midlake, Flogging Molly, Poe, My Brightest Diamond, The Mynabirds, The Voice‘s Kat Robichaud, The Dresden Dolls’ Amanda Palmer, Man of Steel‘s Allison Crowe, Nashville songwriter Trent Dabbs, Meursault, Elysian Fields, Pamela Means, Fisher, Catie Curtis, Anielle Reid, Heidi Saperstein, Hannah Fury and poets Crystal Good, Kevin Kantor, and Clementine von Radics.
Johnette Napolitano, Neil Gaiman, Amanda Palmer, Poe, Flogging Molly and My Brightest Diamond among artists on Muruch.com’s RAINN benefit album
To celebrate 15 years of sharing great music in July, Muruch.com has partnered with RAINN.org for a fundraising campaign and digital benefit album of music, poetry and art. Muruch.com for RAINN features music and poetry by Concrete Blonde’s Johnette Napolitano, The Dresden Dolls’ Amanda Palmer, My Brightest Diamond, Poe, The Mynabirds, Celtic Punk band Flogging Molly, The Voice‘s Kat Robichaud, Man of Steel‘s Allison Crowe, Nashville songwriter Trent Dabbs, Sandman author Neil Gaiman, YouTube sensation Kevin Kantor and Ted Talker Crystal Good among many other talented musicians, poets and visual artists.
Flogging Molly‘s new album, Speed of Darkness, will be released on May 31st via their own record label, Borstal Beat Records. The new album has more of a American rock musical sound than the seminal Celtic punk band’s previous efforts, and subsequently hasn’t quite captured my affection as intensely as when I first heard Swagger and Drunken Lullabies. It is, however, a lyrically brilliant and sonically solid effort inspired by the U.S. economic collapse – particularly its harsh effect on Detroit’s factory workers.
from the town of Detroit where my job is secure, yeah
secure in the fact that it’s gone for good, yeah
Speed of Darkness‘s opening title track is a quintessential Flogging Molly song reminiscent of “Devil’s Dance Floor” with its intoxicating whirlwind of traditional Irish instrumentation and pure punk rock snarl.
“Revolution” and “Don’t Shut ‘Em Down” are more Green Day than Flogging Molly with a slick pop-rock polish over the arrangements.
The stand out track “The Power’s Out” is a much more successful attempt at a Broadway-worthy rock anthem livened up with the band’s trademark Irish flare, striking lyrics decrying the loss of jobs after years of faithful service and one final explosive wail from King.
And if the band is really trying to turn Speed of Darkness into the next American Idiot musical, “The Cradle of Human Kind” is the song to do it. King’s stellar vocal performance has shades of Freddie Mercury greatness.
“The Heart of the Sea” incorporates a lurching sea chantey melody into a catchy pop number, anchored by King’s bluesy growl.
“So Sail On” and “Present State of Grace” are softer acoustic fare, while “Saints & Sinners” is another high energy rock track.
“Oliver Boy (All of Our Boys)” is an intense political rant with the rousing shout, “where there’s blood, there’s death and glory.”
“A Prayer For Me In Silence” is a lovely duet with fiddler Bridget Regan, a Detroit native and King’s wife.
The finale “Rise Up” sways between the lilting traditional Irish folk past and the modern Celtic punk movement.
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Flogging Molly – Don’t Shut ‘Em Down (YouTube Video Link)
“Requiem For A Dying Song” is a rousing hyperactive start, “(No More) Paddy’s Lament” keeps the fast tempo but gives it a dark edge. “You Won’t Make A Fool Out Of Me” and “The Lightning Storm” kick up the dust again in a whirlwind of shouts and tempestuous orchestration. Many of the other tracks – the most notable being “Man With No Country” – sustain the cacophonous breakneck pace.
There are a few brief reprieves amidst the noise in the softer and more serious tone of “Float” and “Us Of Lesser Gods”, both of which emphasize the prettiness of the stringed instruments and allow the melodic grit of Dave King’s voice to shine.