Flogging Molly and Moneybrother @ Terminal 5, 2/3/11

“If this is what it’s like on a Wednesday, then what are you like on the weekend?!” Flogging Molly frontman Dave King asked the crowd gathered at Terminal 5 this past Wednesday, March 2nd.  The crowd was indeed having a good time as full cups of beer occasionally flew down from the upper levels of the venue onto happy, jigging fans, who were clearly in need of letting out their mid-week aggression.  At least a good dozen crowd surfers made their way through the venue and at one point someone threw a shoe up on stage.  “I’ve already found my soul mate,” King joked, picking up the shoe and looking back at his wife and bandmate, Bridget Regan.

Kicking off the party though, was a fantastic rock and roll band called Moneybrother.  If Bruce Springsteen was a drunken Swedish pirate, he would sound just like Anders Wendin, the group’s fantastic frontman, whose voice was powerful, yet weathered and gravelly.  And as we know, every Bruce must have his Clarence, which in this case, was sax player Gustav Bendt.  The camaraderie on stage was infectious and had the crowd amped and ready to party when Flogging Molly took the stage.

Plowing through a solid set of classic Molly tunes as well as a few new ones, the band kept the audience jamming for a solid two hours.  Audience favorites included “Requiem for a Dying Song,” “The Worst Day Since Yesterday,” “If I Ever Leave This World Alive,” and “Drunken Lullabies” with everyone singing along to the chorus of, “Cause we find ourselves in the same old mess/Singing drunken lullabies.”

And with this, you couldn’t help but have fun because if there’s anything that was determined by this show, it’s that Flogging Molly fans love Flogging Molly.  And beer.

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About Julie Kocsis

Julie Kocsis is Associate Editor and a contributing writer of ShortAndSweetNYC.com. Living in Brooklyn, she works for Penguin Random House during the day and writes about rock bands at night. In addition to her many band interviews as well as album and concert reviews that have been published on ShortAndSweetNYC.com, she has also been published on The Huffington Post, Brooklyn Exposed and the Brooklyn Rail.
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