Excitement continues to surround FLATFOOT 56 as the release of their forthcoming full-length album Black Thorn nears. Armed with a jam-packed tour schedule, the Chicago Celtic-punk outfit will bring their live spectacle to cities across the US alongside Project 86 next month before joining the Vans Warped Tour this summer. The band’s current dates also include their first-ever Canadian stops that include appearances in Toronto and Montreal. Complete upcoming dates and information follows below.
As 2010 marks the 10-year anniversary for FLATFOOT 56, the new album compacts the band’s celebrated history of eclectic and driving musical charge into thirteen tracks that highlight the pride of the working class and their Chicago roots. The collection of songs that make up Black Thorn delves into weighty thematic content while remaining fundamentally universal. “Everyone goes through hardships, but you aren’t alone,” explains Flatfoot front man Tobin Bawinkel. “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.
The complete track listing for Black Thorn:

  1. The Escape (Intro)
  2. Black Thorn
  3. Born For This
  4. Courage
  5. Smoke Blower
  6. The Hourglass
  7. Shiny Eyes
  8. We Grow Stronger
  9. Son Of Shame
  10. Stampede
  11. Way Of The Sun
  12. You Won Me Over
  13. Hot Head

Joined by his brothers Justin (Drums) and Kyle (Bass)—along with instrumentalists Eric McMahon (Bagpipes) and Brandon Good (Mandolin)—Tobin Bawinkel fuels FLATFOOT 56 with a sense of camaraderie that directly translates to their die-hard fans through passionate music and highly energetic live performances. Current upcoming tour dates for FLATFOOT 56 include:

2/11/10 Toledo, OH Frankie’s Inner City
2/12/10 Toronto, QC Canada Opera House
2/13/10 Montreal, ONT Canada Club Soda
2/26/10 Rock Falls, IL Crossroads Youth Center
2/27/10 Davenport, IA Red Room
3/1/10 Scottsbluff, NE Underground Youth Center
3/2/10 Billings, MT F.O.E.
3/3/10 Boise, ID Gusto
3/4/10 Seattle, WA Showbox at the Market
3/5/10 Portland, OR Hawthorne Theatre
3/6/10 Spokane, WA The Boulevard
3/8/10 Casper, WY Downtowne Grill
3/10/10 Omaha, NE Grace University
3/11/10 Dekalb, IL The House Café
3/12/10 Franklin, IN The Gear Music Venue
3/13/10 Cincinnati, OH The Underground
3/14/10 Flint, MI L.I.O.N.
3/16/10 Akron, OH Musica
3/17/10 Milwaukee, WI The Rave Bar
3/18/10 St. Louis, MO The Firebird
3/19/10 Tulsa, OK The Other Side
3/20/10 Fort Worth, TX Texas Motor Speedway
4/1/10 Utrecht, The Netherlands Xnoizz Flevo Festival Kick Off Party
7/1/10 Bushnell, IL Cornerstone Festival (Encore I Stage)
7/3/10 Monterey, CA Spirit West Coast (Monterey)
7/11/10 Hartford, CT The Comcast Theater
7/13/10 Mansfield, MA Comcast Center
7/14/10 Darien Center, NY Darien Lake PAC
7/15/10 Scranton, PA Toyota Pavilion
7/16/10 Camden, NJ Susquehanna Bank Center
7/17/10 Uniondale, NY Nassau Veteran’s Memorial Stadium
7/18/10 Oceanport, NJ Monmouth Park Racetrack
7/20/10 Columbia, MD Merriweather Post Pavilion
7/21/10 Virginia Beach, VA Verizon Wireless Amphitheater
7/22/10 Charlotte, NC Charlotte Verizon Wireless Amphitheater
7/23/10 St. Petersburg, FL Vinoy Park
7/24/10 West Palm Beach, FL Cruzan Amphitheater
7/25/10 Orlando, FL Central Florida Fairgrounds
7/26/10 Atlanta, GA Lakewood Amphitheater
7/28/10 Cincinnati, OH Riverbend Music Center
7/29/10 Milwaukee, WI Wisconsin Marcus Amphitheater
7/30/10 Detroit, MI Comerica Park
7/31/10 Tinley Park, IL First Midwest Bank Amphitheater
8/1/10 Shakopee, MN Canterbury Park
8/2/10 Bonner Springs, KS Sandstone Amphitheater
8/7/10 Gilford, NH Gunstock Mt. Resort (SoulFest) Inside Out Stage
9/17/10 Ballston Spa, NY Irish 2000 Festival
9/18/10 Ballston Spa, NY Irish 2000 Festival

Black Thorn will be released March 17, 2010 by Old Shoe Records in the US, Stomp Records in Canada, I Hate People Records in Europe, and distributed by Big Mouth Japan in Japan.



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