Artist of the Week – The Tossers

The Tossers Establish Celtic Punk With Veteran Skill

Chicago is known for many things: a Prohibition-era gangland, awe-inspiring architecture and mouthwatering deep-dish pizza. It also boasts a strong connection to the Emerald Isle, famous for its St. Patrick’s Day celebrations and annually hosting a Gaelic festival.

It’s no wonder, then, that the “Windy City” produced a band like The Tossers. Blending gritty punk rock with classic Celtic music, the band has managed to cultivate a solid 20-year career, which is why we’ve chosen to pay homage to these Celtic punk forefathers with a nod for our “Artist of the Week.”

The Tossers artfully combine the aforementioned genres and describe themselves as the “world’s loudest folk band,” but despite the fact that they’ve enjoyed a career longer than most in the music world, they have yet to amass a following the size of contemporaries Dropkick Murphys and Flogging Molly. Instead, they have attained a cult-like popularity, as their talent is clear to anyone who chooses to explore their music. Forget their contemporaries for a moment; their success wouldn’t be possible without the influence of The Tossers. If you listen to their music and don’t find your feet tapping or head bobbing to at least one tune, you may want to check your pulse. 

The Tossers’ seventh studio album, The Emerald City, debuted this past March, and proved the band is just as good as it’s ever been. The album opens with “The Rover,” a fiddle-infused tune that harbors the boisterous sound fans have come to love. Mid-album, listeners are introduced to a softer side of The Tossers in the part romantic, part mournful “St. Patrick’s Day.” Ever present are the odes to whiskey and tales of late-night inebriation—subject matter seen in past Tossers tracks “Good Mornin’ Da” and “Siobhan.”

If you’re a fan of pure Celtic punk bands, The Tossers are definitely a group that deserve your attention. Not only will they meet your standards, they’ll manage to stick in your mind for weeks to come.

Upcoming Tour Dates:

Sept. 07 – Guinness Oyster Festival – Chicago, IL
Sept. 21 – Murietta Town Square Fields – St. Louis, MO
Oct. 08 – FUBAR – St. Louis, MO
Oct. 09 – Outland Ballroom – Springfield, MO
Oct. 10 – The Vanguard – Tulsa, OK
Oct. 15 – The Nick – Birmingham, AL

Click here to get the best price on Tossers tickets!

Article by Kristen Gilmartin

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