Flogging Molly // Live @ Salvage Station - Asheville, NC // 09.28.21
REVIEW: Alex Deutsch PHOTOS: Heather Burditt
Me First & The Gimme Gimmes + Thick
"...it's not the mileage, it's the years..."
A remark from Spike of Me First & The Gimme Gimmes best sums up this night: “It’s not the mileage, it’s the years.” It’s not always easy to be an aging punk. When your teen angst is still around in your 30s, you really just need anger management. It’s better left to the kids, as the opening band Thick proved. They had raw energy and bravado that let me know the future of punk is in good hands.
Following that, Me First’s set was a complete 180. Whereas I once listened to their covers ironically, I am now an old man who has come around to liking the original songs, so I can now appreciate the band on two levels. Plus gold tinsel and sequined jackets! Who doesn’t love that?
"...practically oozing high-energy sincerity..."
And then Flogging Molly. Proving that despite feeling old and like punk is passing you by, some things are timeless — especially if you’re a 19th century Irish sailor. But in all seriousness, in times that suck as fully as these pandemic days do, it’s completely life affirming and amazing to come together with likeminded folks pulsing as one to some sincere and heartfelt music. And Flogging Molly *brought it,* practically oozing high-energy sincerity out of the Salvage Station’s PA. They put on an incredible, feel-good show. Punk’s not dead!