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FLATFOOT 56 – ‘The Vancouver Sessions’ EP Review

FLATFOOT 56 – The Vancouver Sessions

Flatfoot 56Chicago Celtic punk band, Flatfoot 56 will be releasing a new EP, The Vancouver Sessions, on May 25th via Sailor’s Grave Records.

The EP features one new song and four older songs from the bands extensive library, and revisits them in a totally different way. Songs that were once hard driving punk rock anthems get turned into thoughtful, and at times tender tracks. Included in these new arrangements are traditional instruments like the Irish whistle, the Uilleann Bagpipes, accordion and the Irish bones.

The opening track, Cain combines a number of the aforementioned instruments to craft a foreboding atmosphere with deep voiced vocals adding to the vibe. The one new track on the EP, How Long, clocks in at over four minutes with a rich acoustic guitar opening and a Tom Waits style vocal. The song has a folk/punk style with hints of The Levellers and The Waterboys with an engaging melodic chorus and Celtic undercurrents throughout.

I Believe It is a melodic ballad with an emotional vocal/backing vocal foundation and instruments that conjure up images of fog bound hills and empty beaches in the highlands! The penultimate song, Penny tells a story with catchy melody and a sparse backing all combining to add a deep folk/country sound with female backing harmonies reminding me of a Steve Earle track.

The EP concludes with the slightly more upbeat Take Hold Again and combines much of the earlier references from Steve Earle to Tom Waits to bands like The Levellers. It’s a restrained, melodic and accomplished Celtic folk EP and a darn good listen!

The EP The Vancouver Sessions by Flatfoot 56 can be found here: http://www.sailorsgraverecords.com/home.php