Flatfoot 56 - Jungle Of The Midwest Sea

Published Tuesday 8th May 2007
Flatfoot 56 - Jungle Of The Midwest Sea
Flatfoot 56 - Jungle Of The Midwest Sea

STYLE: Rock
RATING 8 8 8 8 8 8 8 8
OUR PRODUCT CODE: 23451-12546
LABEL: Flicker 083061084820
FORMAT: CD Album
ITEMS: 1
RELEASE DATE: 2007-06-30
RRP: £13.99


Reviewed by Jeremy Williams

Led by a brotherhood of wide-eyed Irish giants, and cominatcha like a punk rock ceilidh, Flatfoot 56 need to be heard to be believed. They wear kilts and flat caps onstage, play bagpipes and mandolins, and despite this, they're an established and respected band on the Chicago scene. Punk rock and Celtic folk are not mutually exclusive genres of course, as those familiar with Dropkick Murphys or Flogging Molly will know, but make an energetic Rancid meets The Pogues cross-breed. You might not get it. It's not for everyone. But if you do get it, it'll make you want to wave a flag, punch the air and chant 'Oi! Oi! Oi!' like a lunatic. This is Flatfoot 56's second album for Flicker Records, a relentless burst of frenetic anthems with an uncompromising challenge - "Standing for nothing, you'll fall for anything" they holler on "Standing For Nothing". This and "City On A Hill" sum up their message, that we all need to choose who we're going to follow.

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Sample Track Listing:
1. The Galley Slave (Intro) [Listen]
2. Carry 'Em Out [Listen]
3. Loaded Gun [Listen]
4. City On A Hill [Listen]
5. Bright City [Listen]
6. Hoity Toity [Listen]
7. Pay Me A Dollar [Listen]
8. Chinatown Jail Break [Listen]
9. Warriors [Listen]
10. Cain [Listen]
11. Ollie Ollie [Listen]
12. Standing For Nothing [Listen]
13. Jungle Of The Midwest Sea [Listen]
14. Same Ol' Story [Listen]

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Product Description
A Celtic punk band from Chicago, this group of brothers and a bagpipe player stirred things into a frenzy with their debut release 'Knuckles Up'.
Their follow-up release 'Jungle Of The Midwest Sea' is 'a more mature sound... more grown-up' without leaving their roots behind with songs like 'Loaded Gun', 'Warriors' and 'Hoity Toity'.

Reader Comments

Posted by Dougle McMysteron in Scotland @ 18:01 on Dec 5 2007

This is one of the best albums of the year in my opinion. Proper punk rock with guts and integrity.

They're touring the UK in December 2007 - you can catch them at

Henrys Cellar Bar, Edinburgh - Monday the 10th
The Junction, Bristol - Tuesday the 11th

The Railway Tavern, Nueaton (nr Coventry) - Wednesday the 12th

Royal Park Cellars, Leeds - Thursday the 13th

The Courtyard, Bisester (nr Oxford) - Friday the 14th

The Hope and Anchor, London (Islington) - Saturday the 15th

The Grapes, Sheffield - Sunday the 16th



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