Get ready Myrtle Beach, it’s time to go green.
No, we’re not talking about reducing your carbon footprint or living in the dark to save energy.
This is the green that comes along with an old-fashioned — albeit a month early — St. Patty’s Day celebration brought on by Irish-American rock band Flogging Molly.
That’s right, the seventh annual Green 17 Tour will make a stop Thursday at the House of Blues in North Myrtle Beach headlined by the Celtic punks themselves along with Moneybrother and The Drowning Men.
ListenUp recently caught up with multi-talented musician Bob Schmidt, the band’s mandolin and banjo player to talk about Flogging Molly’s new album, tour and craziest holiday moments.
Have all of you been bouncing around a few names for the new album?
“Yeah, we actually have a name for the album now. It’s called ‘Speed of Darkness’.”
Asheville has a reputation as being one of the most diverse cities in the southeast. Did you have a nice experience while recording there?
“We did. The studio was beautiful, and the people there are really nice. We had a really good time just meeting people and hanging out, and everyone was very kind. It was a good experience all around.”
Can the fans expect to hear a lot of the new material on the tour?
“Yeah, we’re hoping to bring a lot of it out. The album’s not coming out until May, so people are chomping at the bit and we have this opportunity to kind of start bringing stuff out.
I think were gonna try bringing out as much as we can as quickly as we can, so people get a taste of it before the album comes out.”
How’s the anticipation for the tour?
“We’re getting excited about doing the shows again. We’ve been rehearsing some old stuff, and we’re actually working on another new song that we’re hoping to get in and get on tape before we hit the road so we can get that mixed into the album as well.”
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Since this is the seventh annual tour, is there any kind of time frame that you and the band see yourselves continuing Green 17?
“I think as long as people have us, we’ll continue to do it.
For us, it’s a fun tour to do because people kind of expect us to be out and about around St. Patrick’s Day, and bringing that energy out to everybody and to all the different cities is always fun.
And it’s nice to have an established thing that people can actually come to know. It gives a little bit of continuity to life sometimes.” (laughs)
Do you notice any different changes in crowd reactions as St. Patrick’s Day draws near?
“Well yeah, I think when people have that in mind, especially our crowd — you know, the way the audience is — they’re always a little bit more pumped around the holiday, so they express themselves rather vocally around the shows.” (laughs)
What is one of the most memorable St. Patrick’s Day performances you’ve had?
We’ve done crazy things… we did a show in Tuscon the night before St. Patrick’s Day, and then we got on a plane in the morning and we flew to L.A. to do a radio show on St. Patrick’s Day morning, and then were done by noon; got on a plane and then flew to Phoenix, where we were doing the actual St. Patrick’s Day show.
So yeah, we’ve done some kind of crazy, busy things, where in a 24 hour period, we just have like four performances.”
There are three new destinations on the tour: Pittsburgh, Oklahoma City, and Portland, Maine. Are there other locations you would like to travel to where you haven’t performed before?
“Well, we haven’t done a lot of work in Miami, honestly enough.
Green 17 Tour
- Who | Flogging Molly, with Moneybrother and The Drowning Men
- Where | House of Blues, Barefoot Landing, North Myrtle Beach
- When | Thursday. Doors open at 6:30 p.m., and the show starts at 7:30 p.m.
- How Much | Tickets are $20.50, and $23.50 the day of show
- www.hob.com/myrtlebeach or 272-3000
We’ve been there a couple of times on the Warped Tour, but I don’t think we’ve ever done out own show there.
There are a lot of places like Portland and Pittsburgh we just haven’t done in like five or six years, cause Pittsburgh lost their venue, and we did a show in Portland before we ever started to tour nationally and before our first Warped Tour.
We’re playing Nashville this time through. We’ve only done one other show in Nashville, and it was quite a while ago.
I think there are a lot of cities on this tour. We’re putting this new album out on our new label, and we don’t have the backing of the label behind us as far as the big press machine and all that stuff we had before, so we’re just taking it to the streets and trying to get to as many places as we can before it comes out to let everyone know that were doing it.”
In closing, is there anything else you would like the fans to know?
“I would just like to let them know that we really appreciate them coming out.
We do what we do and we’ve always been kind of a self-propelled machine, but we wouldn’t be anywhere without the people who have come out to see us year after year.
We’re always going to be expanding and pushing out the borders of what we do, but we’ll always appreciate our core fan base and how much they’ve meant to us over the years.”