Fokking great! I have to see them live again. Leaders of the pack in the post Pogues scene as far I'm concerned. Flogging Molly are super, but I rate them a little lower (maybe not the best description, because I love them very much too). Dropkick Murphys also top notch, but more punk, lot of bagpipes and not so folky. I think I dig their 'spinoff' Street Dogs more.
They put on a great show Tuesday night here in SA, fronting DKM. Most of the audience had no idea who they were, but there were many converts by the time their short set was finished. Nice mix of new and old songs, with Paddy on the Railway and Dirty Old Town thrown in for good measure. They should come back when the temperature isn't triple digits if they're going to play an outdoor concert, but I'd see them in any weather.
What I like about the Tossers is that their songs are fairly simple. I can already play the melody of this song on the mandolin. I read on their FB page that they can't get in Canada, and that pisses me off. I saw them up here a couple of years ago, but I guess they had some issues with the law since then.
They said on FB that they can't come to Canada anymore because they can't get into the country. I got to see them once opening for the Dropkicks, but it looks like I won't get to see them again anytime soon. I wonder why they can't enter the country anymore. Maybe one of them got drunk and started smashing things, which got him/her a criminal record.
Yes, these guys are the real deal, just pure quality - fuck Flogging Molly. Tossers are really brilliant, great songwriting and great unpretentious singing from Mister Duggins. To me they are a bit like the heritage of the Pogues, by the way they have always pointed out that the Pogues are their heroes and huge influence, but they really have got their own sound and the songs are just brilliant, make sure to check out "I've pursued nothing", "Everything's bad", "Crock of Gold" and "Phoenix Park", well check out all of their shit
love the tossers..and flogging molly...no need to slag off a band that was greatly influenced by ye pogues..as i'm sure i've said on here before..none of these bands would even exist if it weren't for the influence of the pogues...who took irish music and booted the shit out of it...music must evolve..it must or it will stagnate.
I wasn't born to be somebody's kicking post, I wasn't born to be...
The new album "The Emerald City" was released today, and it's amazing. Gonna do a bit of a review track by track.
THE ROVER - Great way to start out the album. The lyrics are great. The intro is amazing, kinda just throws ya into the album.
HERE'S TO A DRINK WITH YOU - When I first heard this live a few months back, I was in shock. It didn't sit well and seemed like a parody almost of the celtic-punk sound. However, after a few more listens, it grew on me. It is a cheerful, upbeat song
Emerald City - The title track fills me with hometown pride. Which is weird, because I am from Boston, and the song is about Chicago. But the lyrics seem so meaningful I can't help but connect with it.
Wherever You Go - Probably one of my favorite tracks. Starts off as a tender ballad wishing the best of luck, then progresses to a more powerful "DIE!" song, then it races into fast lyrics for which the Tossers master. Similar to "The Crock of Gold" where it has the slow first half and fast second half
USA - Another one of my favorites. When I first heard it it reminded me of the "Turkish Song of the Damned". Instead of the typical homesick rant about missing Ireland, we hear a "Born in the USA" like song about war, drugs, and family.
St. Patricks Day - One of the slowest ballads on this album, It is taking some time to grow on me but it is not bad at all.
Bombo Lane - short track, really showcasing T. Duggins vocals though. I like the inclusion of a tradition track that has not been attempted yet, as far as I know. The clapping in the background gives it a nice feel too.
The Break of Dawn - It's a classic Tossers track with fast yet genuis lyrics. The lyrics are defiantly a strong point, they are very colorful
The South Side of Town - This is probably one of the best ballads they have done. The opening line (I wrote her name next to mine) is already stuck in my head. It feels like it could have been song by Luke Kelly or one of the Clancy Brothers.
Where the Beer and Whiskey Flow - This song also has the classic Tossers sound. It's a good drinking song too.
GOD BLESS YOU - Like their 2008 song featuring an clip of Brendan Behan speaking, this has a intro similar. I'm thinking it's from a mobster movie but I can't remember. This song has a more electric guitar, like Flogging Molly or the Dropkick Murphys. It is not overused though, unlike what many "celtic" punk bands have been doing.
JOHNNY MCGUIRE'S WAKE- Another favorite of mine. On the second listen I noticed the lyrics and what they were about, and it sent a shiver down my spine. I can't help but think the story in this song is a real one. It's incredibly sad once you realize what it's about. However it makes an emotionful and good song.
THE FERMOY LASSES AND SPORTING PADDY - I love the reels the tossers record. It pushes the lyrics aside and shows their amazing musicianship.
SLAINTE - The opening mandolin riff is brilliant, along with the rest of the song. This is one of my favorites. The Gaelic chorus, the tune, all fits together. It's defiantly a cheerful song. Vaguely similar to Streams of Whiskey by the Pogues. Only bad thing is it seems to be lacking a verse or too, just my opinion.
OVERALL - I have to give this 5 stars, defiantly. I'm not one to overate things but this is a great new batch of songs. The lyrics seem to be more personal and mature, and the musicianship is at it's peak. Sure, aside from a song or two, it is very similar to past Tossers work. They may have the same sound, but they have still evolved since Long Dim Road. Also, it has the perfect "feeling". Valley of the Shadow of Death and Agony were very dark albums, while On a Fine Spring Evening was very cheeful and was not lyrically deep. I felt like they were able to meet in the middle with this record Out of all the recording Celtic punk bands, The Tossers are the closest things to the Pogues. I highly recommend this too anyone basically.