Chicagoâ€™s Celtic-punk outfit FLATFOOT 56 will enter Absolute Sound in Houston, Texas on February 1st to begin the recording process for their highly anticipated new album, due out later this year. The as-yet untitled full-length will arrive as the follow-up to the bandâ€™s critically lauded 2007 release, JUNGLE OF THE MIDWEST SEA. Johnny Rioux of Street Dogs will take the helm as the albumâ€™s producer and engineer.
Throughout their eight-year history, FLATFOOT 56 have consistently delivered an eclectic mix of punk and folk-tinged hardcore to audiences across the globe. Since releasing JUNGLE OF THE MIDWEST SEA on Flicker Records, the boys relentlessly toured the world over both as openers and headliners, sealing their reputation as one of the most exciting, prolific, and energetic bands on the scene today. Over the last 2 years, the band has also continuously written new material, compiling dozens of songs to choose from for the upcoming album. Though they are considering offers, FLATFOOT 56 have yet to decide on a label for the albumâ€™s release.
The new album will build on the bandâ€™s signature style while delving into newly developed and untapped territory of musical growth. Meanwhile, the band is poised for more non-stop touring action as 2009 and 2010 are shaping up to be even busier for FLATFOOT 56.
“We are all very excited about the new material,â€ says singer Tobin Bawinkel. â€œWith the combination of having newer and more mature music, coupled with working with Johnny Rioux as producer, we are expecting to put out a record that not only carries the Celtic traditions we have become known for, but also take what we do in a direction that is harder-hitting and more intelligent.â€
Beyond Rioux’s current role as bassist and one of the musical and creative masterminds behind Street Dogs, he was a fixture in the Boston punk rock scene, playing for The Bruisers and working for some of Boston’s best offerings, Dropkick Murphys and The Mighty Mighty Bosstones.
FLATFOOT 56 will follow-through on their promise to fans to deliver their most exciting body of work to date. â€œI am fairly certain that all of the fans who have been asking for a new record are not going to be disappointed,â€ said Tobin. â€œWe have always been a band that wants to make a record that we love to play as well as listen to. We are all excited.”
Additional information on the albumâ€™s release will be announced in the coming weeks. For the most up-to-date information including FLATFOOT 56â€™s current confirmed shows, visit www.flatfoot56.com.