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DS Photo Gallery: Motoblot 2019 – with The Tossers, 88 Fingers Louie, The Crombies and more

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The 6th Annual Motoblot Motorcycle and Hot Rod Street Rally took place June 20th to June 23rd 2019 in Chicago. According to Larry Fletcher, the event’s owner and producer, “the weekend was Awesome. We broke attendance records on Friday and Saturday. Estimated 20K for the weekend. Over 1000 bikes over the weekend. If it had to rain… We were stoked it held off to Sunday. Attendees had a blast regardless of the weather. MOTOBLOT continues to grow every year and the feedback is universally positive. Attendees say it is their favorite weekend of the year!”

Due to passport issues, Sham 69 had to dropout of their scheduled appearance at the event. Guttermouth was to tour with Sham 69 on its swing through the States this summer so the California punks also backed out of Motoblot weekend as well. Two Chicago based bands stepped in at the last minute. The”Crombies and 88 Fingers were total gamers and happy to jump in to help us out,” said Fletcher. As The Crombies lead singer Mike Park was recovering from gall bladder surgery, the band brought a life size cutout of Park to accompany a rotating group of singers, including some who spontaneously jumped on to the stage.

The Crombies.

Along with The Tossers, The Crombies; and 88 Fingers Louie, the weekend’s lineup included among others: Vice Tricks, Aweful, Super Sonic Space Rebels, Julia Haltigan & The Hooligans, The Detroit Cobras, The Krank Daddies, The Evictions, Slutter (all female Kiss Tribute band); and London Calling (“The Only The Clash Cover Band That Matters.”)

Please check out the gallery below from some of the best moments at Motoblot 2019.


Music Video: The Tossers – ” Erin Go Bragh”

Chicago celtic punk band The Tossers have released a new video for their song “Erin Go Bragh.”

You can check it out below.

“Erin Go Bragh” comes from the bands’ latest release, Smash The Windows, which was released on March 3rd via Victory Records.

The Tossers streaming new album, “Smash The Windows”

Chicago celtic punk band The Tossers are streaming their newest full length, Smash The Windows. The album, which explores Irish-American culture, devotion, and pride is as chaotic and rowdy as you would expect from the group – but with a freshness to both music and lyrics that keep us all interested in this powerful group.

The band comments:

We are really excited for the Smash The Windows release and even more excited to let people give it a listen before it comes out!,” heralds guitarist Mike Pawula. “By recording something traditional, we salute our past, as the album reflects a memoir of immigrants settling in America. And with the contemporary material, we are pulling ourselves forward and trying new things. This album means a lot to us, we hope you all love it as much as we do!

You can check out a track listing as well as a stream of the album below.

Smash The Windows serves as a follow-up to The Emerald City, which was released in March 2013 on Victory Records.

The Tossers release video for “Smash The Windows”

The Tossers have released a video for the title track of their upcoming album. “Smash The Windows” is out on Victory Records this coming Friday (March 3rd). The track follows streams of two other advance tracks, “Erin Go Bragh” and “The Horses.

You can watch the video below.

The Tossers announce U.S. tour dates and preview new album

Chicago’s Celtic punk band The Tossers has lots going on, and it all happens right around St. Patrick’s Day (total coincidence, I’m sure).  First off, they will be heading out on a short U.S. tour that culminates with a homecoming show in Chicago on March 17th.  You can find all of the dates and places below.

The Tossers will also release their new album, Smash the Windows, on March 3rd via Victory Records.  You can check out their new song “Erin Go Bragh,” which chronicles the story of the Irish coming to America, below.

The Tossers’ last album, “The Emerald City,” was released in March 2013 on Victory Records.

The Tossers part ways with fiddle player Rebecca Brooke

Sad news for fans of Chicago Celtic punks The Tossers. We’ll let now-former fiddle player Rebecca Brooke explain:

Thanks to everyone in the Tossers, Victory Records, Million Yen Studios, and especially the Fans, who have been part of the past 13 years of music and adventure. The Tossers are an unstoppable force of nature that I’m proud to have been part of for such a long time. I’m looking forward to sharing new music, stories, and culture wherever we all go,

The Tossers, as you’d expect, wished her “joy and success on all the many paths she’ll undoubtedly take” via their own statement on their Facebook page. We’ll keep you posted on any corresponding roster moves as they become available.

The Tossers’ last album, “The Emerald City,” was released in March 2013 on Victory Records.

Continental adds more tour dates with The Tossers

Continental hails from Quincy, on the outskirts of Boston, MA, but you’d hardly know it thanks to their prolific touring schedule.  The band just announced that they are hitting the road again this spring, and some dates will include Celtic punk act The Tossers.  You can check out the newly-added dates below.

Continental most recently released Millionaires last October via East Grand Record Company.

The Tossers and Continental team up for US tour

Do not adjust your screen, boys and girls: this  is a new story. Chicago celtic-punks The Tossers (pictured above) and Boston-area punk-and-rollers Continental [featuring Rick Barton (FM359 and formerly Dropkick Murphys) alongside his son Stephen] are teaming up once again for a run of US tour dates. The tour kicks off in Springfield, IL, on February 27th and finishes off in Atlanta on St. Patrick’s Day. Check out the full rundown below.

The Tossers’ last album, “The Emerald City,” was released in March 2013 on Victory Records. Continental released their sophomore album, “Millionaires,” last year via East Grand Records,

The Tossers and Continental announce West Coast tour dates

Chicago celtic-punks The Tossers (pictured above) and Boston-area punk-and-rollers Continental (featuring Rick Barton of FM359 and formerly Dropkick Murphys alongside his son Stephen) are teaming up for a run of West Coast tour dates this fall. You can find the full rundown below.

The Tossers’ last album, “The Emerald City,” was released in March 2013 on Victory Records. Continental will be announcing a follow-up to 2012’s East Grand Records release “All A Man Can Do” in the very near future. We’ll bring you more info on that and some headlining tour dates as soon as we’re allowed!

The Tossers announce St Patricks Day tour

Celtic punks The Tossers have announced some tour dates in honor of St. Patrick’s Day.

Check out the dates below.

The band last released “The Emerald City” on March 5th, 2013 via Victory Records.

The Tossers release music video for “USA”

Celtic punks The Tossers have just premiered the music video for “USA” off their most recent album “The Emerald City.” Check the video out here.

“The Emerald City” was released on March 5th via Victory Records. The band is hitting the road for a brief US tour run starting tomorrow. Dates can be seen here.

Album Review: The Tossers – “Emerald City”

There are a few common ingredients for a good Celtic punk album; mix a mandolin (Tony Duggins), a tin whistle (Aaron Duggins), and a fiddle player (Manthe) with a song about beer and a sing-along chorus. You get extra points for a guy playing the spoon and the bodhran. Someone has got to sing about their own funeral arrangements, someone needs to break a heart, at least half the songs should double as a last-call-at-the-bar anthem, and the Church needs to be mentioned at least once.

The Tossers‘ “Emerald City” hits all of those marks, within the first 2 ½ minutes. The album is, undoubtedly, Irish to the bone.

How The Tossers haven’t reached the level of mainstream popularity that other Celtic Punk bands have is due largely in part to the same elements of their sound that make them great. “Emerald City”, like much of the band’s back catalog  is heavy on the Celtic and a bit lighter on the punk. This album, like the ones before, lacks an obvious single primed for cross-over success. However, it’s an album perfectly timed for a near St Pat’s release date, and true to the band’s sound.

For those who enjoy a more balanced blend of Punk and Celtic, tracks like “Here’s to a Drink With You” will not disappoint. Singing about early AM drinks in Chicago’s Irish sections, the track clocks in at a little under 2 minutes and is filled with the underdog fighting spirit you’ve come to expect in the sub-genre. Similarly, “Where the Beer and Whiskey Flow” and “Break of Dawn” are easily two of the most uptempo tracks on the album. If they sound tame in comparison to bands like Dropkick Murphys, it’s important to realize that The Tossers already had two albums out before DM even formed. The Tossers aren’t trying to mimic anyone here; they simply are performing however they want to.

The obligatory nod to Celtic music past is here, with the blink-and-you’ll-miss-it “Bombo Lane.” Yet, the highlight of “Emerald City” in terms of bravery, has got to be “Wherever You Go.” In one song, the band flows through my four major types of Celtic Punk sub-classifications: Bar fight song, Pub last-call sing along, Jig, and Lullaby. The transition between the types in this 5 minute song isn’t entirely seamless, but it’s ambitiously noteworthy all the same.

While some Celtic Punk fans might feel as if they have heard some of these chorus’ before (“God Bless You” or the title track about growing up as an Irish immigrant), “Emerald City” is still a solid album. Almost 20 years later, The Tossers know who they are, what they sound like, and what they’ve got to say. Nothing here is particularly groundbreaking, but that doesn’t mean it’s not any good.

“Emerald City” is available now. Slainte!

 3/5 stars

Music Video: The Tossers – “Emerald City”

Today marks the release of The Tossers newest album “The Emerald City” through Victory Records.

The Chicago-based Celtic punks are celebrating their 20th year together as a band, and it has been said that this album is the “most anthem laden, introspective, personal and raucous album to date”.

A music video was recently made for the album’s title track, which you can check out here.

We recently reported on the announcement of a US tour to promote “The Emerald City”, the dates and locations of which can be seen here.

Continental announce new tour dates

Punk spinoff Continental, project from Rick Barton (ex-Dropkick Murphys, Everybody Out!), has announced a string of tour dates through the spring.  The band will start by playing support Irish favorites The Tossers (dates here), then rockabilly king Reverend Horton Heat (dates here).   It’s also looking like a summer tour is in the works with the Mahones with a huge potential date list.

Continental released their most recent album “All A Man Can Do” via East Grand Records.

The Tossers announce US tour dates; release teaser for “Emerald City” music video

Celtic punks The Tossers have announced they will be hitting the road for a quick run of US tour dates, which will kick off in early March. To go along with the announcement, the band has released a teaser for their upcoming “Emerald City” music video, which premieres on February 25th.

You can check out a full list of dates and locations on the tour and the teaser video here.

The band’s upcoming album “The Emerald City” is set to be released on March 5th via Victory Records.