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Video: The Tossers – Erin Go Bragh

The TossersCeltic punk band The Tossers have premiered a new music video.  The video features the song “Erin Fo Bragh” from their freshly dropped new album, Smash The Windows, available now via Victory Records

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The Tossers Stream New LP In Full

The TossersCeltic punk band The Tossers have debuted a full stream of their freshly dropped album, Smash The Windows, which released last Friday via long time label Victory Records

Listen to the full disc here courtesy NewNoiseMagazine.

The Tossers Detail Upcoming Album and Tour

The TossersChicago’s Irish folk rockers The Tossers will debut their new full-length album titled Smash The Windows on March 3 via Victory Records. The band is currently premiering a video for Erin Go Bragh, a song off the upcoming album, at New Noise Magazine. Watch the video here and check out the track list below.

Smash The Windows follows the band’s 2013 LP The Emerald City also through Victory Records.

 

Smash The Windows track list:

1. Erin Go Bragh
2. Smash The Windows
3. I Will Court Them All
4. Humors Of Chicago
5. Drinking All The Day
6. The Horses
7. Resurrection Mary
8. Danny Boy
9. 1969
10. Whiskey
11. The Town Where I Was Born
12. My Love
13. Mairi’s Wedding
14. Lots Of Drops Of Brandy
15. A Ghra Mo Chroi
16. Fare You Well
17. The Foggy Dew

In celebration of their new release, The Tossers will embark on an eastern U.S. tour in March, with more dates to be announced. Check out the current dates below.

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Video: The Tossers – Smash The Windows

The TossersCeltic punk band The Tossers have debuted a new music video for the track “Smash The Windows.”  The track will appear on their upcoming album, Smash The Windows, which is due out March 3, 2017 via long time label Victory Records

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The Tossers – The Horses

The TossersCeltic punk band The Tossers have debuted a brand track.  The track is titled “The Horses” and is set to appear on their upcoming album, Smash The Windows, which is due out March 3, 2017 via long time label Victory Records

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Video: The Tossers – USA

TossersCeltic punk band The Tossers has debuted a brand new music video.  The video features the song “USA” from their recent full length, The Emerald City, released back in March 2013 via long time label Victory Records.  The album follow’s 2008’s On A Fine Spring Evening.  The band embarked on a tour today.  

Check out the music video and tour dates below.

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Live Concert Review

Dropkick Murphys, The Briggs, The Tossers

Live (Nov. 9th, 2007)

Edmonton Events Centre - Edmonton, Alberta
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Dropkick Murphys, The Briggs and The Tossers all together in one night of pure chaotic glory? The show was easily poised to be one of the more memorable shows of 2007; so much so that it was sold out weeks in advance and people were desperately searching for extra tickets hours before doors opened. If they were able to scavenge up some tickets they were lucky, because anyone who missed the show definitely missed out.

After local openers Run Runners finished their energetic set, Chicago’s Celtic punk rockers The Tossers hit the stage, set to play a wide selection of songs from their entire catalogue. Opening up with the raucous Goodmornin’ Da, the band played mostly their high energy tracks, successfully getting the pit moving along with them. With very little said in between songs other than the occasional “Cheers!” and song explanation, The Tossers just stuck with the music; switching from No Loot, No Booze, No Fun to Siobhan and Where Ya Been Johnny? without any hesitation. The addition of Altercations got the crowd singing “Fuck The Police!” back at them while the inclusion of the three minute instrumental The Sheep In The Boots toned it down a bit too. Despite not doing anything extraordinary with their thirty minute time slot, they did not fail to entertain at all with their more traditional take on Celtic Punk and those in the crowd who hadn’t known them before were sure to remember their name in the future.

Next came up LA’s The Briggs and even now, a good twenty hours since seeing them hit the stage, I’m still in awe. It has been far too long since I’ve seen a performance like the one they put on last night. Tearing up the stage for a solid forty five minutes, the band was frantic, engaging and energetic. They jumped into the crowd, climbed on the speakers, crowd surfed and pulled the fans close towards them. They rarely, if ever, took a moment’s rest and instead crammed as many songs as possible into their set. Opening up with One Shot Down, the band played through songs like Back To Higher Ground, Keep Us Alive, Third World War, Dead Men (Don’t Tell Tales), Song of Babylon, Wasting Time, Waiting In The Shadows, and Song For Us. Within no time the band, and the crowd, were drenched in sweat. The band had no gimmicks up their sleeve, other than the urging for the crowd participation of “woooaah!,” and they didn’t need any either as the music and intensity had the crowd under their control anyway. It was one of the most memorable shows I’ve seen in a while and a band I would rush out to see again if the opportunity arose and I’d urge anyone to do the same. Once the band finished up Bored Teenagers and left the stage, I couldn’t help but think to myself that if the show was to end right there I would have been happy. It was just that good of a set, I don’t know how else to explain it.

But of course, The Briggs weren’t there to end the show, but to warm the crowd up for Boston’s almighty Dropkick Murphys who took the stage after a twenty or so minute set change. The band stepped into Famous For Nothing and the crowd was instantly awash with movement and knew what to expect for the evening. Just like always, the band filled the stage with members and excitement. They sounded good and even brought out a piano on the stage for the inclusion of songs like Tessie. Tthe only downside of the evening was that Al Barr’s vocals were a little muffled throughout the set, something that normally doesn’t happen for them.

The band focused mainly on newer material like God Willing, (F)lannigan’s Ball, The State Of Massachusetts but also dipped into some older cuts like Wild Rover, Heroes From Our Past, Captain Kelly’s Kitchen, Boys On The Docks, Citizen CIA, The Gang’s All Here, Fields of Athenry, The Warrior’s Code, The Auld Triangle and fan favorite Barroom Hero. It was no surprised that they performed mainly newer songs from The Meanest Of Times and The Warrior’s Code, but I will admit I was shocked not to hear Spicy McHaggis Jig, Walk Away or For Boston; at least they made it up with the inclusion of Worker’s Song though.

Of course, without the performance of Spicy McHaggis Jig, the band still needed to get the ladies up on the stage and opted to use the great drinking song Kiss Me I’m Shitfaced to accomplish the task for the final song of their set. Once the stage was cleared of the fans and a rousing chant of “Let’s Go Murphys!” came to an end, the band walked back on the stage with the newly popularized Shipping Out To Boston before ending the evening with two old tracks, Skinhead On the MTBA (which one again got everyone up on the stage) and a cover of Gang Green‘s Alcohol.

The odd thing of the night thought was that despite the band not doing anything wrong, I couldn’t help but feel slightly disappointed. There’s no real explanation for it, and for the most part the show was great, but there was something there holding it back from it becoming phenomenal and while there was no real reasoning behind it, it was still my least favorite time seeing them live; so when I think back on this night it is The Briggs who shine through instead of the headliners.

The Tossers - Into The Valey Of The Shadow of Death

The Tossers

The Valley Of The Shadow Of Death

Victory Records
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Rating: 4/5

 
 

 

 

Goodmorning’ da was a bad choice of song to promote The Tossers‘s new album, The Valley Of The Shadow Of Death. Now, I’m not saying that the single is a bad song, in fact, it’s a great song. It’s fast, quick, in your face Irish punk at it’s best and is phenomenal song. But it is a misleading song, because there isn’t one other song on the entire album that sounds remotely like it. That doesn’t take away from the fact that The Valley Of The Shadow Of Death is a great album, it just may not be what you’re expecting after hearing the single.

The remaining eleven tracks on The Valley of The Shadow Of Death are much more traditional Irish folk songs than the speedy, punky Goodmornin’ da. However, that’s not saying that these songs are missing any kick in them. Not one song on the album sounds like its predecessor, but every single one is distinctively The Tossers. They’re full of instruments you won’t expect to hear on a Victory release like a mandolin, accordion, tin whistle, banjo and fiddle – all of which are rounded off perfectly by Tony Duggins’ solid, heavenly accented vocals. And yet, there’s still enough of a punch in their songs for them to easily fit into any punk label, even one as heavy as Victory.

But as stated before, the thing that sticks out the most in the album is the extreme variations. Well it is all clearly rooted in Irish folk music tinged with a little punk, every song falls on different parts of the spectrum. There’s the speedy traditional drinking song of Preab San OlThe Crock Of Gold starts off slowly, but the sprints into a full blown pit turner halfway through the song. The tribute to Ronnie Drew,Drinking In The Day, even starts off with a two minute reading of an old poem before breaking into a duet with Kelly Stanley. I’ve Pursued Nothing even gets the listener thinking that it’s a brand new song during its shout along chorus.

This is the CD that has been hiding in the background for a while, and it’s about time that it broke out into the world. While it’s not for everyone, any Flogging Molly fan will tremble at their knees after one listen to it. The Valley Of The Shadow Of Death is just a high energy, Irish punk album that will easily last through the years. If you don’t have this CD, then you are missing out.

The Tossers - On A Fine Spring Evening

The Tossers

On A Fine Spring Evening

Victory Records
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Rating: 2.5/5

 
 

 

 

From what I’ve read online, many people believe that The Tossers‘ best years were when they were on Thick Records back before joining the Victory Records team. But everyone always says a band was better when they were younger and before they blew up, so it’s really no surprise. Personally, I find it hard to argue either side, mainly because my first introduction to the band was their Victory Records debut – Into the Valley Of The Shadow of Death. While I quickly acquired their Thick releases, it was Into The Valley that introduced me to them and remains one of my favorite records by them. They followed that up with Agony, a record laced with melancholy but still packed a fast paced punched like their older Thick material did. Unfortunately for me, I just can’t seem to get into their newest album (and third onVictory): On A Fine Spring Evening; which leads me to saying that yeah, they were better back in the day.

It’s not that On A Find Spring Evening is a bad record per say, it’s just that it seems all too complacent to really stand up; particularly when compared to records like Agony, Purgatory or Long Dim Road.The Tossers seem to have found a niche and become comfortable in it, content to release a solid outing but one that no longer pushes any boundaries or truly engulfs the listener. This leaves the record feeling consistent but predictable and abnormally long. Many of the songs seem to drag on (particularly the eight minute long closer, Hunger Strike/Harmony) as they overstay their welcome and no longer come, blast and leave you as they did before. They further extend this longevity by including two instrumental tracks – 221B/The Sneaky Priest and The Humors of Glendart/Ingenish/On The Fly which only helps to drag the record on for longer than it needs to be.

In between they do have some songs that are worthy of a few listens. The record kicks off with a spring in its step thanks to its first three songs and Whiskey Makes Me Crazy is a lightning fast drinking song that is a nice throwback to their older material and ends in less then a minute and a half. But once they pass the half way mark, the songs begin to drag and feel repetitive. Even the inclusion of the traditional trackThe Rocky Road To Dublin feels out of place because I’m so used to hearing the Dropkick Murphys version of it.

Musically, the band is as tight and adept as ever as they continue to grasp on the traditional Celtic sound and infused it with a slight inclining of punk rock sensibility. Tony Diggins’ vocals are growing stronger with each release and his lyrics continue to tell tales of love, life and drunken Irish adventures mixed in with hope and redemption. They are a more traditional outing than many of the Celtic punk bands around with most of the songs behind built around Diggins’ mandolin, his brother’s tin whistle and Rebecca Brooke’s violin; but all of it still feels all too safe. Yeah, it’s good but there remains really nothing of note within it either. I’d rather just stick with some of their old stuff instead.

 

The Tossers - Agony

The Tossers

Agony

Victory Records
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Rating: 4/5

 
 

 

 

When The Tossers came out with Into The Valley of Death a few years ago I was amazed. While at times it missed a certain kick, I loved the Celtic punk tunes. However, after diving into the band’s extensive back catalogue it was clear that Into The Valley Of Death wasn’t their strongest release. It was good, but some of their older stuff had a bit more intensity and a more memorable quality to them. On Agony, the Chicago based seven-piece have picked up on all the little places where Valley Of Death fumbled and created a thoroughly solid album with very few disappointing aspects.

The seventeen tracks on the album see The Tossers take control of the Celtic punk sound; taking formidable control of it’s style and structure to craft an entertaining and lively album from front to back. The entire album is laced with a sense of ominous dread creating a feeling of darkness throughout the songs. T. Duggins’ vocals are harsh, venomous and heavily accented. His reach enables him to successfully croon on slow, sparse tracks like Not Forgotten or shout the chorus aloud like he does on the lead single Siobhan; he’s almost a spitting copy of Shane MacGowan in that aspect.

Normally, a seventeen track album would wear thin quickly, Agony fails to do so thanks to its diversity; something which was lacking a tad in Valley Of Death. While you get high energy tracks like Where’d Ya Been Johnny?, Political Scum or Did It All For You, each one is also offset by a more melodic, traditional song like the six-minute Claddagh or the instrumental The Sheep In The BootsNot Alonefollows in the footsteps of Drinking In The Day with Duggins almost reading out the lyrics on top of a bare drum and piano melody.

Throughout it all though, Duggins and The Tossers show masterful control of the Celtic punk sound with soaring violin sections (listen to the sparse sing-along Leopardstown Races to see Rebecca Brooke really shine or the aforementioned Claddagh to hear the violin soar along side Aaron Duggins’ whistle), the delightful twang of the banjo and occasional use of the piano and organ.

Lyrically, The Tossers are as diverse as they are sonically. With love songs, drinking songs, political songs, and songs about growing up in Ireland, Agony touches on numerous subjects with a tinge of the Irish heritage and style threaded throughout it all. They end it all with a very uplifting and suiting track, Be, which proudly states “You can be what you want to be / You can be whatever you see / Whatever in this world makes you happy / Don’t listen to them, listen to me / I don’t care whatever you do / I just care that you’ll be true / If you want to be a cowboy, that’s what you’ll do / There’s a horse somewhere waiting for you.”

The Pogues lead the way for the Celtic punk route, The Tossers are picking up on that route; and Agony is a great album to keep moving down that route with.

The Tossers Date ‘The Emerald City’

TossersCeltic punk band The Tossers have announced release details for the band’s forethcoming full length, The Emerald City.  The disc is scheduled to drop on March 5, 2013 via long time label Victory Records.  The album follow’s 2008’s On A Fine Spring Evening.  The album marks the band’s twentieth year together.

The band will also be heading out for a concurrent tour to support the release.  Dates can be found below.

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Tours: We Are The Union / The Tossers

We Are The UnionSka punk act We Are The Union has announced a short collection of tour dates with The Tossers in March.  We Are The Union continue to support their recent Graveyard Grins EP, released earlier this year on Paper + Plastick Records.

Full listings can be found below.

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The Tossers

The Tossers

Dan and Mike

Victory Records
By on November 9th, 2007 at Edmonton Event Centre - Edmonton, Alberta

 

 

The Tossers are one of Chicago’s best kept secrets that are about to make a name for themselves around the globe. With high energy style of Celtic punk that merges the blue collar attitude of the windy city alongside the traditional flavor of Dublin, they are sure to attract even the most close minded music fan. Before they took the stage for their first ever time in Edmonton, Mike and Dan sat down with me for a few minutes to discuss the tour, their hometown and the power of good music. I wasn’t as prepared as I would have liked, the interview still went rather well as both Dan and Mike worked off each other to give well thought out answers. Thanks to Mike and Dan for doing it and to Veronica for setting it up. Read More…