Dave King of Flogging Molly waxes philosophical on the economy 

Tomorrow, of course, is St. Patrick’s Day. And in keeping with its Guinness-powered theme, we just spoke with the Dublin-bred Dave King, whose great Celtic punk band Flogging Molly will play the Fox in Oakland this Saturday.

King and his missus — band fiddler Bridget Regan — maintain a rustic retreat in Ireland, but they’re mainly anchored in Detroit. And it’s their often bleak surroundings that have influenced their sonically adventurous upcoming album “Speed Of Darkness,” and hard-hitting new anthems like “Revolution,” “The Power’s Out” and “Don’t Shut ’Em Down.”

“I see a parallel with a lot of places and Detroit,” sighs King, 49, calling from the road, mid-tour. “We were in Kansas City the other day, and just driving to our hotel, there were so many places that we’d seen the year before that were gone — they were all closed. And Detroit is like the tiny little village where me and Bridget live in Ireland — so many things are closing down right there, even though there’s not that much to close down. It’s quite horrifying, and there’s not a lot you can do about [the economy] as a musician. But one thing you can do is sing about it and just raise that awareness, just to get it out there.”

Is there hope? King believes so.

“They don’t realize that it’ll take a lot more than this to really break the working man,” he declares. “Because we know no other way.”

For more information, visit www.floggingmolly.com.

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