Flatfoot 56, “Brotherhood”, Celtic Punk from Chicago, USA.
Flatfoot 56 is a Celtic punk band from Chicago, Illinois. The group’s use of Scottish Highland bagpipes has led to their classification as a Celtic punk band, comparable to Dropkick Murphys or Flogging Molly.
Since the year 2000, FLATFOOT 56 have steadily unleashed a rollicking barrage of Celtic punk and folk-tinged hardcore from the South Side of Chicago to an international audience with intense and positive party-like energy. Coinciding with their 10-year anniversary, Flatfoot launched the release of their 3rd label-backed studio effort, Black Thorn, on March 30, 2010.
Led by spirited front man Tobin Bawinkel (Vocals/Guitar), along with brothers Justin (Drums), and Kyle (Bass), and multi-instrumentalists Eric McMahon (Bagpipes/Guitar) and Brandon Good (Mandolin/Guitar), the band is fueled by a sense of camaraderie that directly translates to their die-hard fans and highly energetic live shows. “We really try to create a positive environment every time we play so people feel comfortable and can let loose. It’s an experience that everyone is a part of,” explains Tobin.
Produced by the Street Dogs’ Johnny Rioux, Black Thorn tightly packs the quartet’s eclectic and driving musical charge into thirteen tracks that celebrate the pride of the working class and their Chicago roots. A collection of songs that delves into weighty thematic content, Tobin explains that the cohesive theme of Black Thorn is a fundamentally universal one. “Everyone goes through hardships, but you aren’t alone. Punk rock is about community and brotherhood. This record is our contribution to that.” As cathartic as it is ambitious, Black Thorn is an emphatic assault that remains vintage Flatfoot in its effortless combination of Celtic instrumentation and street corner punk rock. Bagpipes and mandolins remain just as vital as drums and guitars in defining Flatfoot’s sound.
While other bands run the risk of turning their message into overbearing banter from high on the soapbox, FLATFOOT 56 remain true to their ability to convey the profound all while allowing fans to get lost in the sheer energy of the music. The band’s multi-faceted approach to their craft, both in substance and in presentation, ensures that from the novice to the die-hard fan, everyone walks away with a reason to come back. After ten years of tour vans, dive bars, late nights, diverse crowds, broken bones, blood, sweat, and tears, FLATFOOT 56 offers sincere semblance of the tradition behind the music. When you have a reason to sing, you will sing louder. And when you have a reason to dance, you will bring the house down brick by brick.
The band’s sonic arsenal, which includes classic rough-and-tumble albums Knuckles Up and Jungle Of The Midwest Sea, captures both the nostalgia of brass tacks street punk and hardcore as well as inspiration taken from traditional Celtic folk. Within this musical fury, FLATFOOT 56 attacks dark and pressing subject matter—avarice, strength, faithlessness, courage, and cowardice—that speaks volumes of the values and principles on which the band was founded.
The band’s new album, Black Thorn, was released on Old Shoe Records in the United States, Stomp Records in Canada, People Like You Records in Europe, and Big Mouth Japan in Japan.
Antifascist track from Houston rapper @QuadirLateef, in memory of Pavlos Fyssas, aka Killah P, RIP – “Fuck Golden Dawn”.
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Yeah,rest in peace Killah P
Yo, I’m ’bout to bring it to your coward ass Golden Dawn, KKK wannabe
Wanna go to war homie, let the AK spray
who the hell is golden dawn, the new KKK
Supported by the Greek government who let y’all stay
bunch of coward ass racists, Imma make y’all pay
rest in peace Killah p he was taken away
take the life of a man who has something to say
you attack immigrants and the people who gay
you attack muslims, and the people who pray
bunch of fascists, that’s why I gotta spit in your face
y’all attack Killah P, it was 20 to 1
come attack Quadir Lateef, we got plenty of guns
I’m a soldier homie, see I was raised in the slum
It won’t be a Golden Dawn if you ain’t seen the sun it’s war!
Could you wanna be the Kuk Klux Klan
I’m about to bring the ruckus like Wu Tang Clan
catch you (?) protest I won’t y’all stand, nigga.
Fuck Golden Dawn (x6) You wanna go to war homie? Bring it on.
Fuck Golden Dawn (x6) I fear no man, bring it on
I don’t understand this fake skinhead, this fake KKK wannabe
running around, getting at people man like y’all boys run things man
the people, the people in greece gotta stand up man
the people in greece gotta stand up man and form, and form a unit man
and get (??) boys, man
you gotta take the power back man
can’t let them people kill people man
just walk around and tryna be racist and fascists man
y’all (??) about it man
we gotta lock and load on them boys man
that’s the only way you’re gonna get peace
sometimes it takes war
Quadir Lateef, rest in peace Killah P
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ANTI-FLAG RAISES A “TOAST TO FREEDOM”;
PUNK ICONS UNITE WITH AMNESY INTERNATIONAL FOR EXPLOSIVE VERSION OF NOW-CLASSIC ANTHEM.
Progressive punk rock icons Anti-Flag have joined forces with Art For Amnesty to release an electrifying version of “Toast To Freedom,” the now-classic commemorative song written to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Amnesty International. The track — inspired by the imprisonment of Russian activist punk band Pussy Riot — went on sale in Europe and the rest of world (without USA and Canada) – (USA and Canada on February 12th) via the iTunes Store and all leading DSPs. All net proceeds benefit Amnesty International.
The track’s genesis began in July 2012 at Anti-Flag’s Berlin concert benefitting the three then-jailed members of Pussy Riot — Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, Maria Alyokhina, and Yekaterina Samutsevich. Among the audience that night was longtime music industry executive, activist, and entrepreneur Jochen Wilms. In 2011, he and his friend Bill Shipsey conceived and co-executive produced the original all-star Art For Amnesty Band rendition of “Toast To Freedom” and had since seen their brainchild become an organic worldwide phenomenon, with diverse artists from all over the globe creating their own unique interpretations.
Long active in the worldwide struggle for human rights, Anti-Flag quickly agreed to record their own take on “Toast To Freedom.” Not three months later, the Pittsburgh-based band hit Berlin’s historic Hansa Studio, accompanied by a roster of special guests that included Billy Talent guitarist Ian D’sa, Bernd Kurtze (of Berlin punk heroes, Beatsteaks), and Münster’s own DIY favorites, Donots.
With Wilms producing, Anti-Flag and Co. reveled in Hansa Studio’s extraordinary history, even going so far as to use the same microphones employed by David Bowie and Brian Eno when recording “Heroes” back in 1977. The result is the most intense and exhilarating rendition of “Toast To Freedom” thus far, a loud and powerful rallying cry sure to activate audiences everywhere.
Toast to Freedom — Anti-Flag [feat. Donots, Ian D'Sa & Bernd Beatsteaks]
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Al’tarba VS Lord Lhus, “Welcome to Hell”, from the album “Acid & Vicious”, released February 2013 on CMF Records.
Video by Dark Energy Pictures, shot in Asheville, North Carolina.
The album “Acid & Vicious” is available direct from CMF Records : http://www.cmf-records.com/boutique/