Flatfoot 56: Toil

Flatfoot 56
(Paper + Plastick)

With the punk of Bad Religion, the Irish of Dropkick Murphys and the new-era folk of Tim Berry, Flatfoot 56 have captured lightning in a bottle with their fourth long player Toil.

The Chicago-based Flatfoot 56 has been unleashing itself upon America and the rest of the world for over a decade now. The perseverance and patience has paid off for the Bawinkel brothers – Tobin (vocals/guitar), Justin (drums) and Kyle (bass) – along with Eric McMahon (bagpipes/guitar) and Brandon Good (mandolin/guitar), as they have steadily became more of a dynamic force with their music.

With its punch to the gut opening track “Brother, Brother,” the tone is set early on and rarely wavers no matter what genre they’re incorporating into their sound. From the guitar-driven “The Rich, The Strong and The Poor” to “I Believe It,” “Live or Die Trying” and “Work For Them,” Toil is a powerful and positive album delivered in do-it-yourself fashion. The old-timey piano opening on “Winter In Chicago” is fantastic, and the roots-driven “I’ll Fly Away” closes out Toil nicely.

It’s time to roll up your sleeves and get to work, because Flatfoot 56 has certainly delivered the goods with Toil, one of their finest releases to date, and it only looks to get better from here on out.

To read an interview with Flatfoot 56 click here