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DS Exclusive: Flatfoot 56 premieres music video for “Stutter” from upcoming LP “Odd Boat”


Windy City Celtic punkers Flatfoot 56 have returned with a new album, out via Sailor’s Grave Records on April 28th. But we got a guy and this time, he hooked us up with something even better than a track to premiere. Today, in celebration of St. Patty’s Day, the boys sent us the first music video from the LP, exclusively for ye lads and lasses! 

“Stutter” is the second track from the twelve track LP Odd Boat (pre-order here), which was produced by Matt Allison at Atlas studios in the band’s hometown of Chicago. When asked about the premiere, frontman/guitarist Tobin Bawinkel said “It’s a song about having tenacity and grit when the world seems to pile up on you. We hope you enjoy it! Happy St. Patrick’s Day everyone! ” Check it out, along with tour dates/stops, below!



Flatfoot 56 stream new track “Curtains”

Celtic punks Flatfoot 56 are streaming another track from their upcoming “Odd Boat” album.  Following the release of first single “Penny” last month, the band are now streaming “Curtains”. You can listen to the track below.

“Odd Boat” is released on April 28th via Sailor’s Grave Records



Flatfoot 56 premiere new song “Penny,” announce tour dates

Chicago Celtic punks Flatfoot 56 have premiered a new song from their upcoming album Odd Boat, and announced tour dates in support of the record.

Give “Penny” a listen and see if there’s a show year you below.

Odd Boat releases on April 28th through Sailor’s Grave Records. It will be the band’s first album in nearly 5 years, following 2012’s Toil.



Flatfoot 56 partner with Sailor’s Grave Records to release new full-length “Odd Boat”

Chicago celtic punks Flatfoot 56 have announced that they will be partnering with Pennsylvania punk label Sailor’s Grave Records for the release of their 7th album, Odd Boat. The album is scheduled for release on April 28th and will be the first fnull-length in 5 years.

Guitarist and vocalist Tobin Bawinkel says:

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.

Andy King of Sailor’s Grave Records also commented:

We at Sailor’s Grave Records have been avid fans of Flatfoot 56 for over a decade now. We’ve always been moved by the hardcore tinged celtic punk they consistently deliver with heart, sweat, and toil. We are honored to partner with the band to help deliver the next chapter of their legacy to the world with the release of ‘Odd boat’

Odd Boat will serve as a follow-up to 2012’s, Toil. 



DS Show Review: Motoblot 2016 – featuring Flatfoot 56 and Naked Raygun

Eric MacMahon of Flatfoot 56 performs at Motoblot 2016

Two of Chicago’s most popular bands, both with  fervent U.S. and international fan bases, Flatfoot 56 and Naked Raygun, were among the many acts performing at Motoblot 2016. Both took the outdoor stage, set up outside of  Cobra Lounge, Saturday June 25th, with the legendary Naked Raygun headlining.The Flatfoot 56 set began with “Brother, Brother” from Toil, a song name seemingly appropriate for the southsiders’ recently slightly revised lineup. Two, not three, Bawinkel brothers, Tobin Bawinkel on lead vocals and guitar and Kyle Bawinkel on bass and vocals, remain as official members of the quintet. Drummer Justin Bawinkel exited the group to focus on his studies and fatherhood as he and his wife welcomed their first child within the last year. Conrad Allsworth is the new drummer. Eric McMahon (bagpipes, guitar), Brandon Good (mandolin, guitar) round out the line-up.

Tobin Bawinkel (L) and Kyle Bawinkel of Flatfoot 56

Flatfoot 56 are known for their high-energy, to the point of near exhaustion, sets. Some highlights of their Motoblot performance included : “The Rich, The Strong and The Poor” and “I Believe It”  both also from Toil; “Chinatown Jail Break,” from  Jungle of the Midwest Sea; and “We Grow Stronger” from Black Thorn.

Flatfoot 56 closed their set out the way they often do, with one of the classics hymns of which they have recorded covers. “I’ll Fly Away” has been described as one of the most recorded gospel songs and has been utilized by several different Christian denominations. And to some, as of yet unfamiliar with FF56, it might seem a curious choice to be covered by a punk band. Yet their version maintains the power;  and as with their version of  “Amazing Grace,” movingly transforms their always very active circle pit into a fellowship session akin to a Revival, with punks, skins and every other conceivable description of fan, regardless of  personal religious beliefs or lack thereof, joyously singing along in unity about life, love and the Hereafter.

Conrad Allsworth of Flatfoot 56

Upcoming for Flatfoot 56, per Tobin and Kyle: “We hit Atlas Studios to record a new album with Matt Allison. We are looking to track at least 14 songs. This will be the first full length album that will we will have written with our new drummer Conrad. It’s going to be an amazing record. We are also planning a west coast tour in September.”

Post-Punk legends Naked Raygun capped the night to a frenzied crowd. Pierre Kezdy, Jeff Pezzati, Eric Spicer, Bill Stephens, and Fritz Doreza gave the crowd what they wanted, classic songs such as “Vanilla Blue”, “Rat Patrol”, and “Home of the Brave”.

Naked Raygun’s Jeff Pezzati. NR headlined Motoblot 2016 in Chicago

Naked Raygun, formed in 1981, has been cited as the primary inspiration for many bands to follow. Dave Grohl has famously recalled Naked Raygun as his first concert experience, at The Cubby Bear, and repaid them for their inspiration by having NR join Foo Fighters’ 2015 bill at a venue in close proximity to The Cubby Bear: Wrigley Field.

Jeff Pezzati of Naked Raygun

At numerous points during their set, Lead Singer Jeff Pezzati, stepped away from continuously stalking the stage and stepped halfway onto the barricade, which had been pulled close to the stage, to give the fans an assist on the vocals. This was especially effective on “Home of the Brave” and “Rat Patrol”, with the frenetic, swaying crowd, grasping for the mic, to join in on “Whoa oh oh oh oh oh, Whoa oh oh oh oh oh” on the latter song.

Bill Stephens and fellow members of Naked Raygun headlined Motoblot 2016 in Chicago,IL

In what was the easily the most fun moment of the strong set, Naked Raygun dedicated Coldbringer to their close friend Steev MF Custer and teasingly jumbled the name of Custer’s band, asking if it was Death IN Memphis? Death OR Memphis and various other possibilities.  Custer, who makes no secret of the fact that Naked Raygun is his all-time favorite group and inspiration, (and on at least one occasion stepped in on guitar  with Naked Raygun) was spotted grinning widely at the side of the stage, seemingly in partial disbelief. This moment was especially fun for the crowd as well, as many are also fans of Death and Memphis and present for their rollicking set just a few hours earlier. Naked Raygun is scheduled to headline at The Smooth Fox in Elgin, IL on Saturday July 23rd, with support by the Biscaynies, The Bungdoons, and The Usuals.



Such Gold (melodic hardcore) announce European tour dates with 6 Foot 10 and Flatfoot 56

We already told you about New York melodic hardcore band Such Gold‘s U.S. tour dates this August, and there’s still more to come as the band has announced a round of European dates.  Such Gold will tour with Flatfoot 56 and folk/punk act 6 Foot 10 starting in November.  Check out all the dates below.

Such Gold most recently released The New Sidewalk last November through Razor & Tie Records.



Flatfoot 56 and 6’10 announce split 7″

Chicago Celtic punks Flatfoot 56 have announced they will be releasing a special split 7″ with frontman Tobin Bawinkel’s folk-punk side-project 6’10 this September. Each band will contribute 3 songs to the EP which will be their first collaborative release.

Check out the cover art for the split 7″ below, and stay tuned for more details.

Flatfoot’s latest album Toil was released in June of 2012 through Paper + Plastick Records, and 6’10 put out their debut full-length The Humble Beginnings of a Rovin’ Soul last December.



DS Exclusive: An interview with Tobin Bawinkle of Flatfoot 56 and 6’10

When last we heard from Tobin Bawinkle, the Flatfoot 56 frontman was launching a Kickstarter campaign to help fund the debut full-length for his new project, 6’10.

Fast-forward a few months and the album, “The Humble Beginnings of a Roving Soul,” is not only complete, but due out in a couple weeks (December 9th, to be exact). For those outside “the know,” 6’10 is the Celtic-punk-rocker-by-day’s folk/bluegrass endeavor. We caught up with Bawinkle to discuss his new album, the motivation for starting a new, different-sounding project, and how he’s able to balance those gigs with regular jjobs in his home town of Chicago. Oh, and there’s a pretty cool gear discussion. Check it out below!



Paper + Plastick launches “Story/Song”; first issue featuring Flatfoot 56

Paper + Plastick Records has launched a new project as a way to both push a new comic series and to celebrate the music of their artists. Called “Story/Song”, the project aims to combine a song by a band on the label’s roster with a short graphic novel that was inspired by the song’s lyrics. P+P owner Vinnie Fiorello said of the project: “We wanted to explore a new way to add visuals to songs. The visuals aren’t limited to literal interpretations of the song’s lyrics, but are more inspired by the feeling and attitude of the track.”

The first issue of “Story/Song” features Flatfoot 56, and is based on their song “6’10” from their 2012 album Toil. More information (including order info) can be found at the Paper + Plastick webstore.



Music Video: Flatfoot 56 – “I Believe It”

Chicago Celtic punks Flatfoot 56 have released music video for their single, “I Believe It” and you can check it out right here.

The song comes from the band’s most recent album “Toil” released on July 24th, via Paper + Plastick Records.



Flatfoot 56 announce Europe tour dates

Chicago Celtic punks Flatfoot 56 have announced plans for an extensive European tour beginning early next year.

The tour kicks off in Russia on January 31st and makes stops in Poland, Austria, the Netherlands, Switzerland, Italy and the Czech Republic before coming to a close in Germany. Click here for the full itinerary.

Flatfoot 56’s “Toil” was released July 24th via Paper + Plastick Records.



Details announced for Oi! – This Is Street Punk Volume 2 (features unreleased Rancid, Street Dogs tracks)

Release information has been announced for “Oi! – This Is Street Punk! Volume 2.”

The compilation features bands like Street Dogs, The Business, Flatfoot 56, and a previously unreleased track from a little band called Rancid. Click here to check out pre-order information.

“Oi! – This Is Street Punk! Volume 2” is due for release on 12/12/12 via Pirates Press Records.



Flatfoot 56 release “I Believe It” for Rock Band

Chicago Celtic punks Flatfoot 56 have released their current single, “I Believe It”, for the ever-popular video game series Rock Band. The song comes from the band’s most recent album “Toil”.

You can purchase the track right here.

“Toil” was released on July 24th, via Paper + Plastick Records.

 



Mad Caddies announce West Coast shows with Less Than Jake and Flatfoot 56

Reggae punks Mad Caddies will be playing a handful of West Coast shows with Less Than Jake and Flatfoot 56.

Check out the dates and locations here.



Entire Paper + Plastick Records 2008-2011 catalog streaming (Have Nots, Flatfoot 56, Make Do and Mend, tons more)

In a move of epic awesomeness, Less Than Jake drummer Vinnie Fiorello’s Paper + Plastick Records has created a Youtube channel streaming EVERYTHING they released between 2008 and 2011.  Check it out right here.

Looking for something special?  Like that elusive Have Nots bonus track “Laser Guided”?  Here it is.

Paper + Plastick Records is currently launching the Paper + Plastered Tour, featuring The Ataris, Flatfoot 56, and Red City Radio.  Check out the dates.