The Tossers

15th Annual Craic Festival

The Tossers

The Lost Brothers, Continental, Knoxville Morning

Fri, March 8, 2013

Doors: 8:00 pm

Mercury Lounge

New York, NY

$15 advance / $20 day of show

This event is 21 and over

The Tossers
The Tossers
Coming from the predominantly Irish neighborhoods of South-Side Chicago, the Tossers have been expanding the boundaries of contemporary Irish music since the early '90s. The band chose their name for its derogatory meaning of ‘throw away. The term dates back to Shakespeare and depending on who you ask it also means commode, drunk or the bunk British currency the Irish rejected after their independence in the 1920s.

Although their name may be irreverent, their music certainly is not. The heart of their distinct sound is derived through the melding of traditional Irish and Punk Rock roots. Combining traditional instrumentation of mandolin, fiddle, tin whistle and banjo with amphetamine fueled guitar, bass and drums, the Tossers play with a furious edge that teeters between rage and raucousness.

With over 18 years of the music grind behind them, the Tossers are a staple in the Celtic Punk and Folk scenes. Currently the band has six full length albums, the newest of which is "On a Fine Spring Eveing" their third release on Victory Records.

While their live shows are fueled with a little bit of blood and sweat and a whole lot of whiskey and beer, their albums are dedicated to musical elegance and provocation. Possessing the ability to masterfully employ stark tempo changes from the brink of the insane to the solemness of an Irish ballad, the Tossers are an act that does not disappoint in print or in person.

Never afraid to take on new challenges at any venue for any audience the Tossers have had an eclectic past playing with acts such as the legendary Pogues, Spider Stacy (solo), the Popes, the Dropkick Murphy's, Stiff Little Fingers, Black 47 and Flogging Molly. In addition to this Irish menagerie they've also toured with hardcore favorites like Clutch and Murphy's Law; rockabilly icons Reverend Horton Heat and the Horror Pops; SKA classics like the Pie Tasters, Reel Big Fish and Catch 22; and moody rock n' rollers Murder By Death. The list goes on, as does the band.
The Lost Brothers
The Lost Brothers first met in an old dusty library in Liverpool,
England in 2007. From their first encounter, they noticed they had a
lot in common. They both come from Ireland (Oisin Leech from Navan,
Mark McCausland from Omagh), and having both come from musical
families, they had both played in various bands since a young age and
had now come to Liverpool to seek a brighter future. The pair shared
the same love of music (from the Carter Family to Sam Cooke,
Mississippi John Hurt to Dion and the Bellmonts, Phil Spector to the
Louvin Brothers, the Impressions to Van Morrison), and before long,
were jamming together in the dive bars of Liverpool when not on the
road with their bands. The pair were regular faces on the Liverpool
music scene and when together, people began to call them, The Lost

Feeling the pull from across the sea, however, the twosome decided to
leave the bands they were in at the time and de-camp to Portland,
Oregon. There they hooked up with producer Mike Coykendall (M Ward,
Bright Eyes), and recorded in his attic, what would become their folk
tinged debut album, TRAILS OF THE LONELY.

Returning to the UK, the duo headed for London where they started
their own label, ‘BIRD DOG RECORDINGS’, and released TRAILS OF THE
LONELY in November 2008. The Lost Brothers spent the next two years
touring and writing, honing their craft both as a live act and a
songwriting partnership, while building a steady fan base along the
way. In 2010, they were off to Sheffield, England with a new batch of
songs. These recordings turned out to be their second album, SO LONG
JOHN FANTE, released in 2011 on Bird Dog/ Ace records.

More recently, the Losties caught the ear of Raconteur, Brendan
Benson, who invited them to record their third album in his Nashville
studio. The album is their best yet. It is called THE PASSING OF THE
NIGHT and will be released on Brendan’s READYMADE RECORDS in the US
and on LOJINX RECORDS in the UK and Ireland, under a blue moon in
September. The Losties just finished a US tour with Glen Hansard and are continuing to tour with Glen from Jan. - Feb 2013.
For the better part of the last two years venues from concert halls to basement bars have resonated with the sound of Granite City Rock & Roll. Continental plays a unique blend of rock that draws influences from punk, country, folk, and blues.

Founder and songwriter Rick Barton sings the songs of the everyman, speaking to our common experiences of love, loss, wandering, and resurrection. The song
s are as true and real as any from the English punk bands of the 70's, capturing the energy of youth, yet delivered with the wisdom of a life lived.

Continental is the latest project from Barton whose resume also includes notable Boston acts The Outlets, Everybody Out!, and Dropkick Murphys.

The concept for Continental began with Rick's son Stephen Barton who, after hearing a rough solo recording of his dad playing his original composition 'Curious Spell' in 2009, encouraged his old man to put a band together and bring this style of songwriting on the road. In Rick's words, his style is '…a blend of folk, punk, and country with a heartfelt message of love, loss, pleasure, and pain.'

The father and son duo then recruited drummer Tom Mazelewski, guitarist Dave DePrest and began their pilgrimage. Continental set out on their first full U.S. tour in September of 2010 as support for the Street Dogs and Flatfoot 56 and have never looked back, touring the country multiple times on headlining tours or as support and making appearances at festivals like the Vans Warped Tour.

To date, Continental has released a 6-track EP and they are anxiously awaiting the release of their much anticipated debut full-length album 'All a Man Can Do'. The record drops July 17 and Continental will immediately embark on another headlining tour that kicks off in New Jersey on July 18. This tour is scheduled for 10 weeks, but 'We could be out even longer if I have it my way…' says Rick, '…the road is my life now and the music is my commitment to me and my fans!'

This blue-collar mentality may mean that the band spends more time in a van and sleeping on floors than they do at home, but in the minds of the Bartons this is a small sacrifice to make as they dedicate themselves to the delivery of their music.
Venue Information:
Mercury Lounge
217 E Houston St.
New York, NY, 10002