Flogging Molly : Speed of Darkness

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“The lights have gone out on many Americans,” reads the press release for Flogging Molly’s latest album, Speed of Darkness. Their fifth studio album is homage to working class Americans fighting for their own piece of the American Dream. Written in Detroit, this doesn’t seem too far-fetched, nor was the band without inspiration to write it.

The album is somewhat different from Flogging Molly’s previous works, but no less poignant and rich. With “Revolution,” the band sings of life of worker in a factory fighting greed and capitalism: “There’ll come a day / when all of us will show / that we won’t be afraid.” This song and many others on the album are for middle-class Americans, such as “Don’t Shut ‘Em Down,” which is about workers trying to keep their jobs and overcome what forces beyond their control.

A long-time Flogging Molly fan might be irritated that their sound is more reserved than on past albums, but that does not mean that the album itself is reserved.  In fact, it is just the opposite. Full of fists and punches, this is an album and a band reflecting on the blight of Detroit and the average worker in America just trying to get by. The album closes with optimism in “Rise Up,” and the belief that times will get better, someday.

Speed of Darkness is not about the lights going out on Americans; it is about the lights turning back on.

Speed of Darkness is out now on Thirty Tigers.

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