The family effort Flatfoot 56 with brothers Tobin, Justin, and Kyle Balwinkel, can trace their roots back to the Southside of Chicago much like the Tossers. With Odd Boat, the band is on technically their seventh album since 2000 although most know of only the five releases since 2004’s Knuckles Up, which served as my introduction to Flatfoot 56’s brand of infectious celtic punk rock. I can still remember the first time seeing them live at Cornerstone Festival…the energy and passion was infectious and in subsequent years, catching the special late-night theme shows at Cornerstone was a highlight of the festival even for those not big fans of the music. Following Knuckles Up in 2007 was Journey of the Midwest Sea and then in 2010, Black Thorn came out and the band’s exposure grew immensely, leading even to things like having a song featured on Sons of Anarchy. Toil followed in 2012 and for Odd Boat, the band chose to go the independent route and went to Atlas Studios in Chicago to work with Matt Allison.
Chicago Celtic punks Flatfoot 56 have been at it for over 15 years now, and they’ll release their seventh album “Odd Boat” on April 28 via Sailor’s Grave Records. The band recently released ‘Penny’ from the upcoming album, a rager fleshed out by some nice Celtic instrumentation with lovely guest vocals from Il Neige to balance out Tobin Bawinkel’s gruff rasp.
“‘Penny’ is a look at the way that we, as people, often consider ourselves unworthy of a second chance, while all the while it is staring us in the face, begging us to notice,” says Tobin. The song can be streamed below.
Flatfoot 56 will set sail aboard Flogging Molly’s Salty Dog Cruise in celebration of St. Patrick’s Day (though it’s actually the weekend before St. Patrick’s Day). They also have a bunch of West Coast dates. All dates are listed below.
“The Humble Beginnings of a Roving Soul” is the debut album of 6’10, the acoustic side project of Tobin Bawinkel. The album is released in the U.S. on Dec. 9 and will be distributed by Burnside Distribution in Europe next month, Jan. 9.
6’10 is the folk/bluegrass incarnation of Tobin Bawinkel, frontman for Celtic punk stalwarts Flatfoot 56. In comparison to the hectic sounds of his other outfit, this is a more subtle approach through heartfelt and emotional journeys against the backdrop acoustic instrumentation. Bawinkel is joined by bandmates Josh Robieson (Mandolin, Ukulele) Mike Pettus (Ukulele Bass), and Keith Perez.
“When I was growing up, I remember playing folk and bluegrass music with my family in our living room. I always loved the story telling aspect of this style and the joy of playing with close friends and family. I loved it when songs would have a quirky and playful tone and theme. All of the pretentious elements that can sometimes find their way into music, were absent during these sessions with my family and friends. You would find seasoned players, playing right next to children who were just learning. This culture is what I wanted again. The idea was to return to a simpler and more earthy feel.”
6’10 is proud to announce the release of their new video ‘Cannonball’. 6’10 is the acoustic side project of Tobin Bawinkel of Flatfoot 56. The project includes a plethora of instrumentation and traditional influences. The video can be seen below.
Tobin Bawinkel of Celtic punk band Flatfoot 56, started 6’10 to go back to his musical roots in americana and folk music. Life can’t be all circle pits and spitting on sweaty crowds. Here is a side that is a little more lade back and thought provoking. He is joined by many talented musicians who bring much to the table as far as diversity and musical creativity.
New bands are announced for the annual Christmas Rock Night. For the third time on the CRN stage, all the way from Chigaco Flatfoot 56 & Remedy Drive from Nashville TN [worship stage]. This year the two day winter-festival will be held December 6 & 7, as usual in “Haus Ennepetal”, Ennepetal, Germany.