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Video: Flatfoot 56 – Forward

Flatfoot 56Flatfoot 56 has premiered a full album stream of their new disc, Odd Boat.  The LP earlier this year via Sailor’s Grave Records.

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Flatfoot 56 Streams New Album In Full

Flatfoot 56Flatfoot 56 has premiered a full album stream of their new disc, Odd Boat.  The LP dropped last week via Sailor’s Grave Records.

Listen to the album here courtesy New Noise Magazine.

Video: Flatfoot 56 – Stutter

Flatfoot 56Flatfoot 56 has premiered a new song and music video from their next full length.  The track is titled “Stutter” and the album holds the name Odd Boat.  The LP is will be available to purchase on Sailor’s Grave Records on April 28, 2017.

Listen to the song below courtesy DyingScene.

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Flatfoot 56 – Curtains

Flatfoot 56Flatfoot 56 has premiered a new song from their next full length.  The track is titled “Curtains” and the album holds the name Odd Boat.  The LP is will be available to purchase on Sailor’s Grave Records on April 28, 2017.

Listen to the song below.

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Flatfoot 56 – Penny

Flatfoot 56Flatfoot 56 has premiered a new song from their next full length.  The track is titled “Penny” and the album holds the name Odd Boat.  The LP is will be available to purchase on Sailor’s Grave Records on April 28, 2017.

Listen to the song here courtesy Brooklyn Vegan.

Flatfoot 56 Announce New Album On Sailor’s Grave Records

Flatfoot 56Flatfoot 56 has dated and detailed their next full length.  The album will be titled Odd Boat and is will be available to purchase on Sailor’s Grave Records on April 28, 2017.  Vocalist and guitarist Tobin Bawinkel comments on their new home:

“Flatfoot 56 is excited to be partnering with Andy King and the Sailors Grave team for the release of our new album “Odd Boat”. Andy and Duane have been friends of ours for many years and have always been a source of encouragement through the ups and downs of touring band life. These are salt of the earth guys that have loved and supported punk and hardcore for a very long time. They do it because they love it. We are honored to be working with them on the distribution and promotion side of this release.”

Upcoming tour dates can be found below.

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Flatfoot 56 - Toil

Flatfoot 56

Toil

Paper + Plastick Records
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Rating: 4.5/5

 
 

 

 

Flatfoot 56 has been burning the midnight oil for over a decade now, but it wasn’t until their breakout full length, Black Thorn, that the working class role models really caught the ear of the punk community.  Sailing in under the guise of celtic punk, the heavily influenced street punkers generated buzz with their weathered tales of the everyday grind, grounding the band’s sincerity in their tales of work, exploitation, and faith in humanity.  Two years later and the boys return, raising their profile once again with their sixth studio album and Paper + Plastick Records debut, Toil.

Serving as an ode to the North American working class, and those who “toil” to keep their families fed and their head above the raising economic tides of poverty, Flatfoot 56 wave the flag of defiance that has fueled union and workers’ rights for decades.  The title track paints a particularly powerful picture.  Drawing upon the personalized pull of a humble acoustic guitar, the band communicates an earnest picture of exploitation with vocalist Tobin Bawinkel exploding into a sympathetic, violin aided eulogy.  I only use block quotes when I consider short summary an injustice to the source, so take note of the rich poetry and strong intent – it’s a line that would have made John Lennon shed a prideful tear:

“Upon this lonely railroad spike my hammer swung and fell, down the mighty Mississipp where the raging water swell / in the corner of that factory a dark man made hell, I’ll be sitting there in my stare making what they sell / with a silver spoon breaking my teeth, the boys in the land working just to eat, are you picturing the stories that I’ve seen / a child working day and night, a father turned into a ghostly sight… I’m a poor man just trying to remain, as he pays his toil of pain”

They’re the type of lyrics upon which the Dropkick Murphys and Street Dogs built their reputation, but seldom evidence as of late.

The album’s inflection ranges from defeat to outright resistance.  “Brother, Brother” details a fist-pumping struggle to open the eyes of those waning down a path of moralistic self-destruction, while “The Rich The Strong and The Poor” takes the liberating stance of pursuing one’s calling, a sentiment echoed by the chilling group woahs of “I Believe It.”  “Work For Them” trumpets personal self-determination, while “Terrorizing Truth” speeds along quickly while they blast mass media’s societal and political manipulation.

Without question, Toil is an empowering listen, and while the lyrics steal the show, they would fall flat if not for the confident music backing their message.  Mandolin’s fly, acoustic guitars burgeon, bagpipes beam, and a tough as nails drumbeat heads the charge.  And while the obvious folk roots typically run through each song in spirit, the boys break out with banjos, harmonicas, and the full experience in “6’10”.

With nary a misstep, Flatfoot 56 establish Toil as this year’s working class battle cry, cementing the Chicago-based quintet as sustainable genre leaders who have what it takes to inspire pride and determination in an audience hungry for validation.  If you’ve heard the group in the past, or tune in to working class, Celtic leaning punk, then you won’t hear any surprises, but you might be surprised at just how tight and communicative the young crew has become.  Hands down one of the year’s most inspiring albums.

Flatfoot 56 - Jungle o the Midwest Sea

Flatfoot 56

Jungle of the Midwest Sea

Flicker Records
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Rating: 4/5

 
 

 

 

I’ve had Flatfoot 56‘s new album for a few weeks now and I’ve constantly been pulling it out to play it. Each time I play it I enjoy it and normally end up pressing play again once the final track comes to an end. Throughout all of these listens I’ve come to the realization that Jungle Of The Midwest Sea is a great Celtic punk album.

Merging the intensity of the Dropkick Murphys and the technical aspects of Flogging Molly with a set of bagpipes that would make Spicy McHaggis proud, Flatfoot 56 speed through fourteen tracks of energetic, sing-along, Celtic punk. The vocals are crisp and strong, a mix between Mike McColgan and Al Barr with gang vocals coming into the background at the right sing-along moments too.

With a diverse sound thanks Josh Robieson’s mandolin and bagpipes, the album gives the listener fourteen tracks that flow together but are solid enough to stand out by itself. Ollie Ollie is a fist pumping anthem while Cain is a more laid back song with a reggae vibe to it. The title track is a slightly more traditional song with guest vocals from The Tossers‘ T. Duggins, Bright City somehow combines the Real McKenzies Celtic flare with the street punk anthems of Madcap to create a song that won’t soon be forgotten and Hoity Toity brings out the mandolin in full force instantly bringing images of Dave King andFlogging Molly.

This album impresses the listener from start to finish. There’s never a dull moment as it flows energetically from one track to another. It’s working class anthems from the heart of Chicago with lyrics that stand out and an intensity that won’t soon be forgotten. It’s fresh and honest, and while it sounds similar to numerous bands previously mentioned, Jungle Of the Midwest Sea is still very distinctive. If you’re the slightest fan of The Briggs, Dropkick Murphys, Flogging Molly or Celtic punk in general, then Flatfoot 56 is for you; and Jungle Of The Midwest Sea is an album that will find its way into your CD player over and over and over again.

Flatfoot 56 - Black Thorn

Flatfoot 56

Black Thorn

Old Shoe Records / STOMP Records
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Rating: 4/5

 
 

 

 

Chicago’s Flatfoot 56 has been fooling the world into seeing them as a Celtic punk band for years.  Their audience hears the slightest tinge of a tin whistle or bagpipes and instantly lumps them together with the likes of The Real McKenzies and The Dropkick Murphys.  Now while the association may be good for business, it’s only part of the story.  From my perspective, the real heart of the band lies in their working class origins.  A far truer characterization might be that Flatfoot 56 is a street punk outfit with a profound admiration for the ideals of camaraderie and brotherhood ultimately defining the Celtic punk movement.

Admittedly there’s a muddy overlap between the two inspirations, but in drawing upon such themes Flatfoot 56 builds a firm foundation.  Boston’s Street Dogs make for an effective comparison – they triumph the common man above all else, and in tern draw upon a variety of subgenres to advance their message.

To open their latest album, Black ThornFlatfoot 56 leans heavily on their Celtic influence, resulting in one of the most atmospheric calls to arms ever recorded.  “The Escape (Intro)” leads the album with a dark sense of escalation made possible by the delicate interplay between a focused mandolin and acoustic guitar.  The clicking of marching-style drumsticks and hypnotic bagpipe sequence enhance a ghostly narrator’s promise of replacing “the every day grind” with “a life of romantic adventure.”  Flatfoot 56 have a deep commitment to their message, making what follows all the more powerful.

After the intro “Black Thorn” kicks off the album in grand fashion.  Generally instrumentation remains the same and the pace picks up, all the while retaining a real “old tyme-y” essence.  Vocalist Tobin Bawinkel belts a mean lyric, boasting the genre’s trademark worn vocals.  A little over half way and the track enters an expansive bridge that balances chant-like “ohhhs” and a steadfast, rallying drumbeat.  Speaking of brotherhood, the cultish aura is enough to make one feel as if present at a fabled Mason gathering.

After establishing Black Thorn’s pressing agenda, Flatfoot 56 eases up on the reigns.  The next couple tracks introduce a jovial, celebratory tone, championing the band’s working class ideals.  “Courage” communicates a sincere respect for every day heroes “that last through time,” taking a jab at Hollywood’s false idols with lines like “not because of a movie or a magazine, but because of your example you inspire me.”  The band reprises a commoner’s sentiment several tracks later in “We Grow Stronger,” which promotes finding strength in hardship.

After revealing both their fun and serious sides, the band shifts between orientations less dramatically, including several instrumentally unique moments.  “Smoke Blower” sees Eric McMahon return to bagpipes for a song about resistance, and “Shiny Eyes” incorporates what sounds like an accordion.  Only “The Hourglass” feels slightly out of place with its sitar-inspired mandolin chords – the resulting images of a foreign India just doesn’t align with the rest of the rest of the album’s Celtic and street themes.  It’s a small misstep, and a few tracks later, easily forgivable.

Black Thorn establishes Flatfoot 56 as a band with a clear drive and vision.  Their articulate sense of social awareness showcases a band who has come a long way from the days of tracks like 2004’s “Breakin’ The Law” – a fairly shallow and borderline thuggish anthem.  Between the street and Celtic overtones, punk fans should find a lot to like here.  So whether Rancid or Flogging Molly informs your morals, Black Thorn should easily find it’s place alongside your conscious.

New Story/Song Comic For Flatfoot 56

Flatfoot 56Paper + Plastick Records has released the next edition of the Story/Song comic book/music hybrid series.  Each issue of the project includes a new recording of an artist’s older work, in this case Flatfoot 56‘s “6’10,”  from their latest full length Toil, alongside a 12-page graphic novel, which will be available at the Paper + Plastick webstore.

Check it out at the label’s webstore.

Video: Flatfoot 56 – I Believe It

Flatfoot 56Flatfoot 56 has debuted a brand new music video.  The video features the song “I Believe It” from their Paper + Plastick Records debut, Toil, released this past July.

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Tours: Flatfoot 56 (Europe)

Flatfoot 56Flatfoot 56 has announced that they will be hopping the pond for an extensive European tour in the new year.  The trek will kick off in Russia and see the band wrap up in Germany in early March.  The band continues to support their Paper + Plastick Records debut, Toil, released this past July.

Tour dates can be found below.

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Flatfoot 56 Release Song For Rock Band

Flatfoot 56Flatfoot 56 has released their current single, “I Believe It,” for download on the ever popular music game Rock Band. The song comes from their Paper + Plastick Records debut, Toil, released this past July.

Check out the song here.

Tours: Less Than Jake / Reel Big Fish / Mad Caddies / Flatfoot 56

Flatfoot 56Less Than Jake has announced that they will be touring with alternating support from Mad Caddies and Reel Big Fish, as well as Flatfoot 56 on all dates.  The  tour will take the band throughout western Canada and the US and continue the band’s celebration of their 20th anniversary.  Tour dates can be found below.

The band has also unveiled that they will be releasing their brand new full length, Greetings and Salutations, in October 2012. The disc will combine the band’s most recent two EPs, Greetings From Less Than Jake and Season’s Greetings From Less Than Jake.  Two brand new songs will accompany the release.

Video: Flatfoot 56 – Take Hold Again (Lyrics)

Flatfoot 56Flatfoot 56 has debuted a brand new lyric video.  The video features the song “Take Hold Again” from their Paper + Plastick Records debut, Toil, released this past July.

Watch the video below.

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Free Sampler For Paper + Plastered Tour

Paper + Plastick Records has announced that they will be giving away a free label sampler to promote the upcoming ‘The Paper + Plastered Tour.’  The tour features The Ataris headlining all dates, with the band inviting Strung Out and Nothington for the West Coast and Southwest dates, and labelmates Flatfoot 56 and Red City Radio joining in for the final three-week stint which finds the band in the South, East Coast and Northeast.  The sampler features a bonus  acoustic song called “12.15.10” which was performed by Kristopher Roe and included on his previous acoustic album Hang Your Head In Hope.

Download the sampler here and check out the tour dates below.

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Paper + Plastered Tour And Bands Announced

Paper + Plastick Records has announced a label-centered tour entitled ‘The Paper + Plastered Tour.’  The tour features The Ataris headlining all dates, with the band inviting Strung Out and Nothington for the West Coast and Southwest dates, and labelmates Flatfoot 56 and Red City Radio joining in for the final three-week stint which finds the band in the South, East Coast and Northeast. 

The band is currently gearing up for the release of their upcoming new album The Graveyard of The Atlantic, expected to drop in the spring of 2013 via Paper + Plastick. Tour dates can be found below.

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Flatfoot 56 Stream New Record (and Contest!)

Flatfoot 56Flatfoot 56 has launched a full album stream of their new full length over on Youtube.  The album is titled Toil and was released earlier this week via Paper + Plastick Records.  The disc follow’s 2010’s Black Thorn.

Listen to all of the tracks below.

Also, don’t forget that we are giving away a copy of the album right here.

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Win The New Record From Flatfoot 56

Flatfoot 56Playing a positive-natured brand of hardcore-tinged Celtic punk, Flatfoot 56 has been unleashing itself upon America and the rest of the world for over a decade now. Forming in 2000, the Chicago natives achieved nationwide attention with their first two label-backed records, 2006’s Knuckles Up and 2007’s Jungle of the Midwest Sea. These releases built on a heavy dose of previously established regional notoriety, helping the band gain steam early on.

While each album received its fair share of critical acclaim and fan reception, the quintet exploded onto a new level with 2010’s Black Thorn released through Paper + Plastick Records. The album found its way onto a total of nine Billboard Charts, and expanded their fan base – proving that Celtic punk has a stronger hold than just one big soundtrack single.

The band is back now with their newest album, Toil. Recorded with Matt Allison at the famed Atlas Studios in Chicago and produced by Street Dogs’ Johnny Rioux (who also produced Black Thorn), Toil is set to be released on July 24th to the masses.

We’ve got ourselves two copies of the disc to give away, details of how to enter can be found here.

   

Flatfoot 56 Give Away Free MP3

Flatfoot 56Flatfoot 56 is giving away the title track from their upcoming full length Toil, due out July 24, 2012 via Paper + Plastick Records.

Grab the song here and make pre-orders here.

Flatfoot 56 – Work For Them

Flatfoot 56The good folks at DyingScene have debuted a brand new song from Flatfoot 56.  The track is titled “Work For Them” and comes fro their upcoming Paper + Plastick Records debut, Toil, due out July 24, 2012.

Give the track a listen here.

   

Flatfoot 56 – Toil

Flatfoot 56Flatfoot 56 has debuted a brand new song.  The song serves as the title track for the upcoming full length, Toil, which is due out July 24, 2012 via Paper + Plastick Records.

Give the song a listen here, pre-order the album here in various vinyl renditions.

Flatfoot 56 – Brother, Brother

Flatfoot 56Flatfoot 56 has debuted a brand new song.  The song is titled “Brother, Brother” and comes from the band’s upcoming full length, Toil, which is due out July 24, 2012 via Paper + Plastick Records.

Give the song a listen here.

Flatfoot 56 Debut New Song; Announce Contest

Flatfoot 56Flatfoot 56 has debuted a brand new song.  The song is titled “Toil” and was performed acoustically.  The song shares its name with the band’s upcoming full length, Toil, which is due out July 24, 2012 via Paper + Plastick Records.

The band has also announced a t-shirt design contest in collaboration with Threadless. Designers will submit designs inspired by Flatfoot 56′s music.  Winners will receive a cash prize of $750, and the designs will be used for a t-shirt.

Flatfoot 56 has also announced a string of brand new tour dates which can be found below.

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Flatfoot 56 Release Surprise EP

Flatfoot 56Flatfoot 56 has released a surprise EP featuring three new songs.  Two of the tracks are set to appear on the band’s upcoming full length, Toil, which is due out July 24, 2012 via Paper + Plastick Records, with the third taking the form of an acoustic b-side.

The EP can be found on iTunes here.

Flatfoot 56 Offer Free Download Of “I Believe It”

Flatfoot 56Flatfoot 56 is giving away their brand new single as a free download courtesy AbsolutePunk.  The song is titled “I Believe It” and is set to appear on their upcoming full length, Toil, which is due out July 24, 2012 via Paper + Plastick Records.

Download the single here.

Flatfoot 56 – Toil (stream)

Flatfoot 56Flatfoot 56‘s freshly debuted single, “I Believe It” is now available for stream over on Mike Davies’BBC Radio 1 Punk Rock Website.   Entitled “I Believe It,” the song will be released on the band’s newest record, Toil, which is due out July 24, 2012 via Paper + Plastick Records.

Listen to the song here.

Flatfoot 56 – I Believe It

Flatfoot 56Flatfoot 56 has released a brand new song from their upcoming new record, Toil.  The tune is set to premier tonight on Mike Davies’BBC Radio 1 Punk Rock Show at 7 p.m. EST / midnight in the UK.   Entitled “I Believe It,” the song will be released on the band’s newest record, which is due out July 24, 2012 via Paper + Plastick Records.

If you’re reading this after the premier, the single will be available to stream on BBC Radio 1′ website for the next seven days.

Flatfoot 56 Detail Next Full Length

Flatfoot 56Celtic punk act Flatfoot 56 has released details for their next full length.  The album will be titled Toil, and is currently set for a July 24, 2012 release via Paper + Plastick Records (US), Stomp Records (Canada), and People Like You Records (Europe).  The album will serve as their four full length and follow up to 2010’s Black Thorn.  Johnny Rioux of the Street Dogs in served as producer.  Frontman Tobin Bawinkel comments:

“[Johnny] knows how to challenge us and push us to the next level, which is what any band hopes for… We still love whipping the crowd into a frenzy and making everybody dance… but we wrote some tunes that people can relate to, and that they can sing along to.”

Album art and track listing can be found below.

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Flatfoot 56 Complete Recording For Next Full Length

Flatfoot 56Celtic punkers Flatfoot 56 has announced that they have wrapped up recording their currently untitled upcoming full length.  The band recorded the record under the guidance of producing veteran Johnny Rioux (Street Dogs, Social Distortion and Bruisers).  Frontman Tobin Bawinkel comments:
 
“Recording with Rioux was awesome… He coaxes us out of our comfort zones and inspired us to write music that pushes past the boundaries we thought we had as songwriters and musicians, and it was truly an invigorating experience to work with him.”
 
The band last released their previous LP, Black Thorn, in 2010.

   

Tours: Mustard Plug (20th Anniversary)

Mustard PlugMustard Plug  are set to embarkon their 20th Anniversary Tour with Flatfoot 56. Dubbed the”20 Years Of Beers Tour,” they will be hitting up the Northeast U.S. along with Toronto.

The dates are below.

 

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