Borstal Beat Records
Hail From: Dublin and Los Angeles
Sound Like: Dropkick Murphys, The Scotch Greens
In Their Words: "I was inspired to write 'Don't Shut 'Em Down' by driving down the freeway to Detroit City. On the side of the freeway was a closed-down and boarded-up building with "Don't Shut 'Em Down" written in huge graffiti writing. All I could think to myself was, 'no, don't shut 'em down.' The economic situation is the same in Ireland right now. People are leaving the country because of it. We've been on tour constantly for the past few years and we've seen many of the cities that we've grown familiar with and come to love, just disappear. People have been forced out their jobs and their homes. It's really saddening and the least I can do as a songwriter is give a social commentary on what I see." -- Singer/acoustic guitarist Dave King
Watch Flogging Molly's 'Don't Shut 'Em Down' video.