The first single from Flatfoot 56’s new record, Toil, will be premiered on Mike Davies’ BBC Radio 1 Punk Rock Show on Tuesday, May 15 at 7 p.m. EST / midnight in the UK. The single is called “I Believe It” and will appear on the band’s newest record, out July 24 via Paper + Plastick Records. The single will be available to stream on BBC Radio 1’s website for seven days following the world premiere.
“I Believe It” is a good mix of Flatfoot’s past raucous Celtic-punk sound and the more rootsy style that the band talked about during the recording process of Toil. The catchy plucking of an acoustic guitar anchors the song before hand claps, gang vocals, electric guitar and a pounding dream beat take over in a pulsing rhythm. It’s an ideal first single from Toil, a record that frontman Tobin Bawinkel calls a progression in the band’s career. “We still love whipping the crowd into a frenzy and making everybody dance,” says Bawinkel, “but we wrote some tunes that people can relate to, and that they can sing along to.” That quote applies as much to “I Believe It” as it does to any track on the new album.
A few days after the world premiere on BBC Radio 1, Flatfoot 56 will present the song for free download to its loyal fanbase. The download comes both as a thank-you to those fans who have been following the band throughout its recent recording updates and as a way for new listeners to become introduced to Flatfoot 56’s newest music.
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July 24, 2012
Paper + Plastick Records
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While each album received its fair share of critical acclaim and fan reception, the quintet exploded onto a new level with 2010’s Black Thorn. Landing the band on a total of nine Billboard Charts, Flatfoot 56 proved it could consistently reach an expanding audience while playing a genre not often associated with widespread success.
Frontman Tobin Bawinkel (vocals/guitar) is now set to lead Flatfoot 56 on in their furious march forward. Armed with brothers Justin (drums) and Kyle (bass), along with Eric McMahon (bagpipes/guitar) and Brandon Good (mandolin/guitar), Flatfoot 56 will release its fourth label-backed studio album, Toil, on Paper + Plastick Records on July 24, 2012.
Like the band’s last release, Toil was produced by the Street Dogs’ Johnny Rioux. “We decided that since the last experience with Johnny was so beneficial, we wanted to repeat it,” Bawinkel said. “We have been friends with Johnny for years our mutual respect fosters a good creative environment for putting together a record. He knows how to challenge us and push us the next level, which is what any band hopes for.”
The band recorded Toil in Matt Allison’s Chicago-based Atlas Studios in January and February. “We have always respected Paper + Plastick’s independent approach to putting out records because they always seem to promote the creative side of the album,” Bawinkel said of the band’s choice of label. “As a band we all really value that creative vision, and Paper + Plastick is the place to be for that.”
While the record is set to be more rootsy and folk-oriented, it promises to pack the same relentless knock-down punch that fans have grown to expect from Flatfoot 56. More than a decade into its career, Flatfoot 56 isn’t slowing down, but maintaining a blistering pace of touring and musical output. “The next record’s sound is taking on a much more mature, heartfelt tone,” Bawinkel said. “We’re writing these songs as life gets thrown at us, and as we all get a bit older and start to interpret life in different ways, we want to express ourselves to reflect the victories and defeats that we all go through. We still love whipping the crowd into a frenzy and making everybody dance but we want to write some tunes that people can relate to, and that they can sing along to.”
Toil will be released in 2012 by Paper + Plastick in the United States, Stomp Records in Canada, and People Like You Records in Europe.