Flatfoot 56- Toil
Review By Camila Acosta
Honestly, for Toil being the sixth album for Flatfoot 56, it’s not that intriguing, but after listening to it a few times it starts to grow on you.
Toil kicks off energetically with “Brother Brother”, it features the classic bag pipe meshing with smashing drums and guitar. The third track “I Believe It”, which was previously released in an EP earlier this year, was one of the highlights of the album. The folksy guitar melodies at the beginning give you hope for the rest of the album. Later, the title track “Toil” creates an acoustic feel and I might even say a western vibe. It portrays the good things that can come out of an acoustic guitar and a raspy voice.
The punk influenced “Live or Die Trying” really leaves you with an uplifting punch, if that’s possible. The repetitive chants and shouting chorus takes you back to early punk, but a bit more stylized. Later in the album, after some pretty solid songs of loud choruses and more punchy guitar riffs (like I said earlier, its not intriguing at times, but that doesn’t mean it’s bad), the song “6’10” changes things up with a rhythm that make you want to bob your head and sing along at the local bar. It’s a pretty simple song with a simple message, lead man Tobin Bawinkel sings “I ain’t gonna bother” with his signature scraggy voice.
Toil begins wrapping up with “Winter In Chicago” which is accompanied by up-beat piano and whirling drums. Lastly comes “I’ll Fly Away”, which is a great end to the album, and leaves you in the high of a dancing mandolin and super catchy chorus.
I definitely recommend this album for all the Celtic/Irish punk fans, and anyone who just likes energetic punk rock. It’s not a fantastic album for Flatfoot 56 compared to others, but it’s still a good listen.
Highlight tracks: “The Rich, The Strong and The Poor,” “I Believe It,” “Strong Man,” “6’10” and “I’ll Fly Away.”
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