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Irish Band Leader At Home In Detroit

Of the Oakland Press

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Flogging Molly frontman Dave King still returns to his native Dublin at various points in the year for intensive work with the Irish punk band. But his other ground zero these days is Detroit.

King moved from Los Angeles, where Flogging Molly started in 1997, to the area just south of Ferndale three years ago to be with his girlfriend, Bridget. At this point, he says, “I’m pretty familiar with the town,” although he confesses that “when I go downtown, that’s when I have a hard time finding my way around. But the Eight Mile, Nine Mile area I know pretty well.”

King, 45, frequents restaurants such as Como’s and the Blue Nile, and he says it’s not particularly diffi cult running the band from the metro area.

“Everybody lives all over the place at this point,” he explains. “We get together when we need to write or get ready to go on tour. It’s been pretty OK up to now. We haven’t lived in the same city for a long time.”

King acknowledges that it’s getting to be time to work on some new material. Flogging Molly’s last album, “Within a Mile of Home,” came out in 2004, but King says that despite the long gap, he’s not planning to rush the band to make something new, perhaps not even starting recording until the fall — although Flogging Molly will preview some fresh songs on its current tour.

“We’re gonna take our time on this one,” King explains, “because the last one we were rushing. We wrote it on the Warped Tour, and it wasn’t even mixed, really. It turned out to be an absolute ... nightmare.

“We’re not gonna let that happen again. We want to make sure we take our time and have the 11 or 12 best songs we possibly can.”

Flogging Molly, Street Dogs and Twopointeeight perform Friday (March 2) at the State Theatre, 2115 Woodward Ave., Detroit. Doors open at 7 p.m. Tickets are $23. Call (313) 961-5450 or visit www.livenation.com.

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