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Flogging Molly Undeterred By Long Album Gap

Of the Oakland Press

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When Irish rockers Flogging Molly release their fourth album, “Float,” on March 4, it will be good news for fans who have waited four years since “Within a Mile of Home.”

But frontman Dave King — the former Fastway member who resides part of the year with his wife in Ferndale — says the band has been too busy to feel the gap between releases.

“It’s always amazed me how long it’s been,” says King, 46. “Obviously people would think, ‘Well, what are they doing?’ and ‘Where are they going?’ and stuff. But we toured for three years on (‘Within a Mile of Home’) and were writing songs and working all that time, too, whenever we’d have a week off here and there.

“So for us, because we were touring so much, our time was eaten up. It wasn’t until you sit down and think about it that you realize, ‘Jesus, that (album) was a long time ago.’ ”

In the interim, Flogging Molly did get a bump via the film “P.S. I Love You,” which uses the group’s “If I Ever Leave This World Alive” to accompany the closing credits. The song has also appeared in shows like “The Shield” and “Weeds,” but King isn’t sure how much those kinds of placements help the band.

“It can be good, there’s no doubt about it,” he says, “although I’m not sure people leave a movie theater thinking about the Flogging Molly song they just heard, y’know? We’ve got a lot of stuff people don’t know about, and that’s fine.

“But we have noticed some things happening after ‘P.S. I Love You.’ We came back to Ireland to make (‘Float’), and all the people in our neighborhoods went to see it and told us about it. So at least somebody was paying attention.”

Flogging Molly, Dusty Rhodes & the River Band and the Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band perform at 8 p.m. Saturday (Feb. 9) at the Fillmore Detroit, 2115 Woodward Ave. Tickets are $22.50. Call (313) 961-5450 or visit www.livenation.com.

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