Celtic punk mainstays Flogging Molly share their new music video for “Reptiles (We Woke Up)” today. The video is directed by the band’s longtime friend Richie Smyth (U2, The Verve) whose unique animation style brings the provocative anthem to life on-screen.

“When Richie Smyth, accomplished director and childhood friend of Dave King, came to us with the animated video concept for “Reptiles (We Woke Up)”, we knew he was the guy to get the message across. Working with him has been a pleasure and we are excited to share this video,” Flogging Molly says.


Reptiles (We Woke Up) (Official Video) by Flogging Molly on VEVO.

Director Richie Smyth adds, “The idea for the video was to take Dave on a journey as he starts to transform in to a reptile. CGI was a cool way to do this. On the surface we see a literal visual rendition of the song like a ‘call to action’ as Dave gathers his army but underneath the surface it’s telling the story of Dave’s early days as a musician. The house he leaves at the start is the actual house he was born and raised in.  I grew up with him and we would kick all the chains as we walked home from school.  The beach is where we spent our youth. Then Molly Malone’s in Hollywood is where Dave and Bridget first met and the band was born.  I shot Dave performing the song so the animators could track his movements onto the CGI character! It’s his actual performance.”

Prior to the start of the bands 17-date LIFE IS GOOD US Tour, Flogging Molly will be making a special appearance at The GRAMMY Museum’s Clive Davis Theater on October 12th in Los Angeles. The intimate evening will include an audience Q&A with vocalist/guitarist Dave King moderated by GRAMMY Museum Executive Director Scott Goldman followed by an acoustic full-band performance. Tickets can be purchased by GRAMMY Museum Members and American Express cardholders beginning Thursdy, Sept. 14 at 10:30am PST. Tickets go on sale to the public on Thursday, Sept. 12 at 12noon PST. More information can be found here.

Fall tour dates below. Fans will receive a digital download of the new album LIFE IS GOOD with their ticket purchase for select dates.

LIFE IS GOOD is Flogging Molly’s first studio album in six years, which follows their highly acclaimed album, Speed of Darkness, that reached #9 on Billboard’s Top 200. In an a review of the new record, the Illinois Entertainer proclaims,”Flogging Molly spends the entire album doing exactly what it’s best at – turning sadness into celebration, death into life affirmation, darkness and despair into light and hope, and political turmoil into some sort of edifying, optimistic narrative.” LIFE IS GOOD was produced by GRAMMY Award winning Joe Chiccarelli (U2, White Stripes, Beck) and recorded in Ireland. Flogging Molly has received more than 80 million streams on Spotify with more than 600,000 monthly listeners.

Flogging Molly is: Dave King (Lead Vocals, Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar, Bodhran), Bridget Regan (Violin, Tin Whistle), Dennis Casey (Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar), Bob Schmidt (Banjo, Mandolin), Matt Hensley (Accordion, Piano, Concertina), Nathen Maxwell (Bass Guitar), Mike Alonso (Drums, Percussion).



 10/12 – Los Angeles, CA @ The GRAMMY Museum

10/13 – Riverside, CA @  Riverside Municipal Auditorium

10/14 – Concord, CA @ Punk in Drublic Fest

10/15 – West Sacramento, CA @ Punk in Drublic Fest

10/16 – Eugene, OR @ McDonald Theatre

10/18 – Billings, MT @ Pub Station

10/19 – Missoula, MT @ The Wilma

10/20 – Calgary, AB @ Palace

10/21 – Edmonton, AB @ Union Hall

10/23 – Fargo, ND @ The Sanctuary

10/24 – Sioux Falls, SD @ The District

10/26 – Indianapolis, IN @ Vogue

10/27 – Madison, WI @ The Orpheum Theater

10/28 – Peoria, IL @ Limelight Eventplex

10/30 – Cincinnati, OH @ Bogart’s

10/31 – Niagara Falls, NY @ Rapids Theatre

11/2   – Seyreville, NJ @ Starland Ballroom

11/3   – Philadelphia, PA @ Electric Factory

11/4   – Clifton Park, NY @ Upstate Concert Hall

11/5   – Worcester, MA @ The Palladium

Purchase or stream LIFE IS GOOD HERE

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Michael Sandoval

Michael created MUSE/MUSE TV after a career in professional sports and journalism. Born and raised in Los Angeles, California. He attended Don Bosco Technical Institute in which he studied Electronics and Computer Science and California State University, Fullerton in which he graduated with a degree from the College of Communication in Journalism. He is a big Foo Fighters fan, loves Star Wars and loves photography. Member of the Los Angeles Online Film Critics Society.
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