Flogging Molly - Whiskey on a Sunday
I remember my first Flogging Molly gig pretty much and I wasn’t the only one to witness their music for the first time. It was at the Lowlands festival and the band was just about to play their first gig in Europe ever. Did we know that this band turned out to be one of the absolute best live bands of this time? Sure we did.
In many ways, recording a DVD was a logical thing to do for Flogging Molly. Three albums and a live-album and a huge fan base to rely on, the band from Los Angeles thought it was time to show their fans what they’re about in a seven quarters of an hour lasting documentary about the band.
The DVD comes in a digipack double-disk package with a live cd which I will mention later on with the accent lying on the story of forming the band and all kinds of extremities you can imagine to have something to do with this. Dave King has been the core member of the band since the start and he’s taking the talking lead in explaining every member. All the others tell their story of getting involved in Dave’s music, their background and the feelings about the band. A nice thing is the fact that every single member gets described by his or her colleagues.
Intertwined in this is the development the band has made during the past, from performing in their local Molly Malones club, signing to SideOneDummy, playing festivals in Europe to a sold-out performance in the absolute venue in Los Angeles. The band is filmed on any of these locations and we get to see a lot of video clips of the performances as well.
The documentary has been worked out pretty nice in which a few things need to get a little extra attention, like the fact that Dave has got ‘What would Johnny Cash do?’ written on his guitar and the fact that everyone speaks so emotional about believing in the band. These things, these specialties you want to hear and see as a fan, make Whiskey on a Sunday a very nice, funny and relaxed documentary to watch. It’s worked out really nice and provides just everything you want to have included on a DVD documentary about your band.
The cd contains one unique song called ‘Laura’, some brilliant acoustic versions (like ‘Drunken Lullabies’) and a few live ones. Together they form a package of ten songs which will be a pleasant addition towards your favorite bands’ collection.
So, in my opinion, Whiskey on a Sunday comes on a very fine place in time, where the band comes forward towards the desire of the fans to bring something extra. The documentary is just awesome for the fans and might be interested for anyone who’s familiar with Flogging Molly as well. Then, the addition of the cd and the fact that I’ve seen it in stores for only 17 euros (you see that, record companies?) I’d say that Flogging Molly has done a great job, again!