This band of misfits have been bringing their brand of floor-stomping Celtic punk rock to venues all over Southern California and beyond for the past 4 years. While their sound is rooted in traditional Irish folk, the 7 members of The Mighty Regis...
This band of misfits have been bringing their brand of floor-stomping Celtic punk rock to venues all over Southern California and beyond for the past 4 years. While their sound is rooted in traditional Irish folk, the 7 members of The Mighty Regis implement a variety of different influences into their music. Often likened to bands like The Pogues, whose lead singer Franky McNorman refers to as the “Old Guard,” The Mighty Regis also infuse the likes of The Mighty Mighty Bosstones, NOFX, Beastie Boys, Johnny Cash, The Clash, The Grateful Dead, The Bouncing Souls and The Police into what they do. After arriving in Los Angeles, TMR soon landed a residency at Molly Malone’s Pub, birthplace of their good friends, the infamous Flogging Molly. Original members Gavin McLoud (mandolin) and Franky McNorman (vocals) have seen the band go through a few changes that have enhanced the sound and the always energetic live show. With Darby “The Orphan Boy”(bass), Ryan O’Neill (rhythm guitar, vocals, tin whistle), Gabby Byrne (drums), Paddy McRib (accordion) and Ben Wise (lead guitar) now filling out the lineup, TMR has solidified themselves as an outstanding live act, who work as hard as they can to bring every audience they play for a show packed with energy, laughter and good ol’ fashion punk rock-n-roll.
New Music West Day One by ronatron.net Hailing from Ireland (via Los Angeles) the Mighty Regis are an anomaly in this year’s festival being that, as far as I know, they’re the only band from the Emerald Isle. Never mind the malarkey!...
Someday I Suppose: The Musical Heritage... by Valley Scene Magazine More often than not, hearing a new band will remind you of an old band you're quite familiar with. Perhaps it is the charismatic front man or perhaps it is the accordion and mandolin; perhaps it is...
New Music West Day One by ronatron.net Hailing from Ireland (via Los Angeles) the Mighty Regis are an anomaly in this year’s festival being that, as far as I know, they’re the only band from the Emerald Isle. Never mind the malarkey! Living in America definitely hasn’t changed this band or their thick accents. Make no mistake, this is a band that’s as Irish as Guinness stout. At one point lead singer Franky McNorman introduced his bandmate, saying “Dat’s Gavin on da mandolin over dere, workin’ his fookin’ fingers to da bone!” Singing many of the old traditional songs with a more amped up intensity, this seven-piece unit made the Yale feel like Saint Paddy’s Day either kinda late or very, very early. Alternate singer and rhythm guitarist Ryan O’Neil is an awesome singer in her own right, and, as Franky said best “Brings some fookin’ class to the place!” Reminiscent of the Dropkick Murphys, this band is not punk-rock per se, but they do work the crowd (and themselves!) in to a frenzy with their high energy jigs, reels, and straight-out awesome songs. I would undoubtedly go see this band again and I really hope they come back someday soon.
Someday I Suppose: The Musical Heritage... by Valley Scene Magazine More often than not, hearing a new band will remind you of an old band you're quite familiar with. Perhaps it is the charismatic front man or perhaps it is the accordion and mandolin; perhaps it is their rowdy, jangling musical style, or perhaps it is the intangible amalgamation of these elements and others which will lead you to this end.
For The Mighty Regis, their time is near.
The Mighty Regis is an up and coming band with deep, deep roots in a variety of styles and substance. Just listening to their covers on a particular night, they move effortlessly from James to the Beastie Boys to traditional Irish folk to the Run DMC to the Pogues; all of it sounding uniquely their own. My head was ringing such at a recent show that I couldn't immediately place such a distinctive line as "This bed is on fire with passionate love; the neighbors complain about the noises above; but she only comes when she's on top." And then it was gone. In and out like the night to the dawn; The Mighty Regis owes a great deal of their present to those who have come before them, even if they're not fully aware of it. However the ground is laid fertile for a band like The Mighty Regis to flourish; and they will.
One of the most immediate comparisons I could think to make with this band was…any pop/ska band. The presence of their permanent mandolin player brought immediate comparisons to my mind the "Out of Time" sessions of REM. Their zoot suits that most of the backing band wore made me think of Big Bad Voodoo Daddy; the mere fact that they were so jangled and high energy connected me with another favorite band of mine, Bim Skala Bim. The high energy set they played drew parallels in my mind with the Mighty-Mighty Bosstones breakout work; the imposing character on lead vocals, Franky McNorman, lent into the mic with a Trent Reznor aggressiveness and of course the obvious comparisons in his Irish lilt, disheveled good looks, and rising tenor and vibrato had me split, one part Eddie Vedder one part Bono. (Although I don't know how kindly he'd take to such comparisons)
All this made up for a rocking and revelrous set one night prior (and nearly every Thursday night) at Molly Malone's (575 S Fairfax Ave; Los Angeles - 323-935-1577) A number of their original tunes; Me Mother Became a Werewolf, Hungover, Real Deal Irishman, and their closer, Molly Malone's, paid tribute in large part to this afore mentioned fertile ground. They moved effortlessly from high energy comedy to morning-after repentance always keeping their audience fully engaged, rocking, and wanting for more.
Mr. McNorman asked the crowd numerous times during their hour long set, "How many of ya'll are drinkin' wit' us tonight?" to which the enthusiastic "Mighty Mob" egged the remainder of the crowd into a roared response. (The Mighty Mob is a group of their regulars who've been with the band for the majority of their 18 month long career) If The Mighty Regis made a gaff, they didn't try to hide it; they raised a glass and had a laugh (the stage was set with a dozen glasses of Guinness before they took the stage)
It is not every day that you see the past and the pending all wrapped together in one evening of joyous, musical bliss. However, there hopefully will be room for a band like The Mighty Regis somewhere on a larger stage than the back room of Molly Malone's and when that happens, you can say that you saw them, when.
When will this room on the world stage open up? Someday, I suppose.
GrogMog Concert Review by OgMog.com I have a confession to make. I am not Irish. I was not born Irish. Neither of my parents are Irish, and neither of their parents’ parents are Irish. Once, I lied to a guy and said that I was Black Irish - which is, apparently, a descendant of the survivors of the Spanish Armada who swam ashore to the coast of Ireland, settled down, had babies, and lived an irish life - but I, myself, am not Irish.
In any case, tonight, I had the great fortune of seeing The Mighty Regis at Molly Malone’s. For the uninitiated, Moly Malone’s is an Irish bar in the Kosher Canyon, in the neighborhood of Fairfax and Sixth. If you’re a fan of Tom Bergin’s, Molly’s is the “other” irish bar.
The Mighty Regis is a stellar Irish punk band, and tonight was their CD release party. They’re a local band, composed (or is it comprised? I can never remember) of improvisers from the neighborhood. They perform through their entire hour-long set sporting full-on thick, Irish accents, and the whole crowd goes nuts for it.
I started the show, sitting in the corner, sipping on a Guinness and enjoying quietly as they motored through their set.
But by the end, I was in the front, jumping around and clapping and singing along as they ran through a litany of original tunes and covers of bands like Flogging Molly and DKM.
Their music is great, and the show breezes by before you know it, but what sells The Mighty Regis the most is their stage presence. They lead the crowd through football (i.e. soccer) cheers and traditional Irish pub songs. At one point, they bring someone onstage from the audience and play a drinking game with him or her (in this case, her).
I highly recommend The Mighty Regis, who perform every Thursday night at Molly Malone’s at 9:30. PM! The cover is only $6. How can you go wrong?
ShiteNOnions.com Review of "Co. Sligo" by ShiteNOnions.com Any band named after the greatest Irish American of all time - Regis Philbin - is O.K. with me. Seriously though, The Mighty Regis are a very fine Celtic-punk band from Hollywood, California who along with The "Mighty" Dirges form the backbone of the scene at LA's Molly Malone pub. Though The Regis are much more rooted in the traditional Irish sound then the more punky Dirges. The Pogues at full galloping Bottle of Smoke speed is the very obvious influence here. A twenty fuckin five to one winner.
Music Review by Icyblue Ever listen to someone sing about the drunken Irish and their mother becoming a werewolf? If you haven’t then you should definitely check out The Mighty Regis.They are an Irish/Folk/Comedy Rock group from California. Their music has the traditional Irish elements with a mandolin and accordion in the band, but has a nice modern feel like that of The Dropkick Murphy’s and The Tossers. The lyrics are amusing and sung very well; the instruments are also played brilliantly with catchy beats and rhythms. When listening to songs like “Take Me Home” “Me Mother Became a Werewolf” and my personal favorite “The Real Deal Irishman” you can’t help but want to clap your hands, sing, and dance to the music. The Mighty Regis are a great new band that i give 3 snowflakes out of five.
CD Review - “Another Nickel For The Pope" by paddyrock.com After much buzz being drawn to their debut CD “Co. Sligo”, LA’s The Mighty Regis is back with a release that is sure to smack you in the face and have you loving every second of it with it’s amazing Irish Folk Rock & Punk sound with “Another Nickel For The Pope”. This more refined sound has turned the heads of Paddy Rock Radio fans as well with requests already coming in from over 10 different countries already since we started playing the disc last week… with strong influences from The Pogues, Flogging Molly, The Tossers, and even Filthy Thieving Bastards prevalent…. “Another Nickel For The Pope” is a sure welcome CD for any Celtic Rock & Punk collector. The Mighty Regis’s strength lies within their witty songwriting, craftful musicianship (especially Gavin McLoud on Mando… this boy can play), and their cheerful/upbeat sound…. this group of 7 are the “Real Deal Irish”…. and no wonder they play LA’s famous Molly Malone’s every week!
Tracks of interest: “Celtic Storm”, “21 Patty Finn”, “A Tree Grows in Sligo”, “Get Drunk And Go Home”, “Hungover”, and a funny little tune for all die-hard Irish “Scotland (You Owe Us)”…. however all the tracks will tapping your foot and raising your pint from time to time.
CD Review - "Another Nickel For The Pope" by shitenonions.com “Another Nickel for the Pope” is the new release from ‘The Mighty Regis’, and a damned impressive release it is.
For those unfamiliar with ‘The Mighty Regis,’ (or their debut release, last year’s “County Sligo,”) the band is one of the regular acts at L.A.’s Molly Malones, (of ‘Flogging Molly’ fame,) and one of the first bands on the newly established “Molly Malones Music” digital label.
The Hollywood based ‘The Mighty Regis’ are comprised of accordion, mandolin, bass, drums, two guitars, and an occasional tin whistle divided amongst it’s seven person line-up.
At the leading edge of the band’s sound on this sophomore release is a perfectly balanced blend of guitar, accordion, and mandolin providing the respective height, width and shape of the majority of songs on “Another Nickel...” creating a neatly discernible identity and giving a nice cohesive persona throughout the entire CD. And, although most of the tracks on “Another Nickel...” have a rootsy, folk-punk core, a peek at the traditional underside is offered every now and again, (although nowhere more obvious than in the soulful opening lines of “Danny Boy” with the lead vocals momentarily taken over by the band’s secret weapon, guitarist/whistler/vocalist, Ryan O’Niell)
More mature, relaxed and focused than its 2007 predecessor, the songs on “Another Nickel for the Pope” are really well-written and cruise along at a decent pace, covering a variety of topics lyrically, and provide enough musical variety to keep the disc interesting without sacrificing the band’s “Regis-ness”
For a point of comparison, I would describe the band’s sound as one just about at the midway point between ‘The Mahones’ and ‘Flogging Molly’; and that’s some pretty good company for a band so considerably junior in experience and recording output!
With its 13 tracks and just about 40 minutes of solid music for only 10 bucks, (as of this writing it is available for download through the band’s MySpace, or for a hard copy at CDBaby.com) “Another Nickel for the Pope” is a well-worthwhile purchase, highly recommended and destined for multiple spins and longs stretches in your CD/Mp3 player.