Monday, March 31, 2008

The Tossers

Gloatin' and Showboatin'
Victory Records

The Tossers are a seven piece Irish folk/punk outfit hailing from the southside of the windy city (that’s Chicago folks). Merging traditional Irish folk melodies combined with the energy and speed of punk music, the Tossers are a wonderful unique blend. There's lots of songs about drinking and well…. More drinking! Seriously, these guys truly raise the roof on this live disc and it sounds like one hellacious party. You can hear the crowd sing a long to these classic Irish melodies (and trust me, you will as well)! The band utilizes mostly acoustic instruments but the fans scream and yell with drunken glee as they pound each number out, electric guitars be damned. My favorite songs were "Buckets Of Beer" and "Seven Drunkend Nights" (although the song only goes to Friday?) Gloatin' and Showboatin' was recorded on St. Patrick's Day in their hometown and there's no more fitting a day for this band to record a live album than this wonderful Irish holiday. There is also a DVD of the same show which I have got to have as well! With an extensive back catalogue, I encourage you to check these guys out if you love music that's fun and full of energetic upbeat melodies.

- Craig Harvey

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