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Bringing the rollicking barrage of Celtic-Punk to the table with their second Flicker Records’ release, Chicago natives Flatfoot 56 is packing up to head to Japan for a tour run with Celtic-Punk powerhouse Flogging Molly. Flatfoot 56 will be joining their genre peers in Osaka, Japan on April 12 performing in three major cities (dates/info below). This international run will be supporting the upcoming May 15th release “Jungle of the Midwest Sea,” with the title track mirroring Upton Sinclair’s infamous turn-of-the-century novel The Jungle.

The ensuing 14-track onslaught more than underscores the sentiment, “Where you live is who you are, so don’t blow it.” Comprised of brothers Tobin, Justin and Kyle Bawinkel (respectively frontman, drummer and bassist) along with tartan-toting multi-instrumentalist Josh Robieson, Flatfoot 56 attacks dark subject matter on “Jungle of the Midwest Sea”—avarice, faithlessness, cowardice—with a gravity that belies their barely legal ages. That said, in the tradition of their street-punk forefathers, they’re just as adept at dialing up bone-crunching good times. Most of the Flatfoot live show is improvised, and it’s all contingent on Robieson and crew making swift transitions between guitar, mandolin, bagpipes and whatever other eclectic instruments they bring to the party.

“He’s got it down to a science,” Tobin says of Robieson’s equipment juggling. “We don’t really make set lists. We kind of go with hand signals because we like to play certain songs to get certain crowds involved. Because of that, Josh has become really quick at flipping instruments. He’ll have a guy stand on the side for bigger shows to throw him the instrument he needs. It helps to tailor our set to each crowd as opposed to playing the same songs every night.”

Rallied on by the media, Flatfoot 56 is already generating a strong buzz around the soon to be released disc. Comments being thrown around by the press:

“The song-writing is powerfully poetic, the musicianship is a well-oiled machine, and each track will have you rising up and singing along with every word!” ~ Paddy Rock Radio, Celtic Rock Radio

“How can I even begin to describe how good this CD really is? Should I give it the 10/10 rating I feel it deserves, or should I give it 9-point-something because no album is perfect? Flatfoot 56’s effectiveness in blending all the instruments together gives them the key to their very own sound.” -Skylinepress

For more information on Flatfoot 56, visit their myspace at http://www.myspace.com/flatfoot56 .

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