How is that a problem?
The song was something of a hit for the band but its style and tone is not really an indication of that the band is all about. Their music has certain joyfulness to it. Sure, it is sometimes a little sad but this is a Celtic sort of sad--the sort of sad where you say “I am sad but fuck it! The next round is on me.”
Those who know the band only from one song will be surprised by how high energy they are. And how the music IS (sort of) Celtic. That wasn’t an analogy picked out of thin air. They call to mind, not The Pogues, but Chicago’s own The Drovers (but way LESS Celtic than that).
Most bands you would feel silly wanting to get poetic about in a description but not Airborne Toxic Event, there is poetry in every note.Their songs are memorable. They stick with you. After hearing their latest record, All At Once, one time you will easily recognized every song in the live set.
At one point in the set a sort of drum circle even breaks out. And this doesn’t make the audience run for the exits.
Right before the end of the evening they broke into I Fought The Law which is a telling cover, considering others who have, famously, covered the tune. There is very definitely a little bit of old school punk rock lurking in all their music. Not Green Day kids but rather The Clash, The Buzzcocks, Boomtown Rats and X Ray Spex. But let’s not put too fine a point on this comparison either. It is just a hint, a part of what this band is all about.