The social and political awareness that drives Flogging Molly's music is never more prominent than in their 2017 release Life is Good—a strikingly powerful album and it arrives at a strikingly key time. The sixth studio album by the renowned Celtic-punk rockers now in their 20th year is mature, well crafted, equally polished and almost aggressively topical. It is filled with rousing songs that are timeless in their sentiment, but directly related to today's most pressing concerns: politics, the economy, unemployment, planned boomtowns gone bust, immigration policies gone awry, and much more.
The message is delivered and built on the backs of boisterous and barreling live touring. "We're known for our live shows," says singer and lyricist, Dave King. "Writing albums has always been a vehicle for us—it’s been a means to get people onto the dance floor. And that's kind of the way we've always approached it, no matter what. The one thing we are is a positive band," adds King. "When people come and see our shows, it's a celebration—of life, of the good and of the bad. And we have to take the good and the bad for it to be a life."