The Tossers - Gloatin' and Showboatin': Live on St. Patrick's Day [CD/DVD] (Cover Artwork)

The Tossers

The Tossers: Gloatin' and Showboatin': Live on St. Patrick's Day [CD/DVD]Gloatin' and Showboatin': Live on St. Patrick's Day [CD/DVD] (2008)
Victory Records

Reviewer Rating: 4

Contributed by: FelixTFelixT
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Since Flogging Molly and Dropkick Murphys, Celtic punk rock has become trendy, regardless that this kind of music was around 20 years before either of these bands. I don't want to disrespect DM or FM -- I like them, but it's not hard to see why they're more popular than Celtic punk acts that came lo.
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Since Flogging Molly and Dropkick Murphys, Celtic punk rock has become trendy, regardless that this kind of music was around 20 years before either of these bands. I don't want to disrespect DM or FM -- I like them, but it's not hard to see why they're more popular than Celtic punk acts that came long before: They are way more accessible. But enough already with the fast food of Celtic punk -- this review is about the Tossers, a band that has been around since the beginning of the 1990s, and whom blows most Celtic punk bands that are still making new music out of the water. I'd go as far as to say that the Tossers are easily the best thing that happened to Celtic rock since the Almighty Pogues (the capital A is on purpose). You can disagree with me here, but I am a fanboy of both bands, so what can I say...

The Tossers released a live CD/DVD a couple of months ago, recorded on St. Patrick's day, and I felt like it was my duty to review it. This combo shows that the Tossers are not only a great musical act, but a great live band. They are incredible musicians and they never miss a beat, no matter how many drinks they had before the show. Indeed, I don't know if it's because booze is associated with the genre or because Tony Duggins (the singer/mandolin player) wants to imitate the likes of Shane Macgowan or Luke Kelly, but he rarely performs sober. He's even proud of it, saying before the second song "thanksā?¦for the shots of whiskey for making me halfway fuckin' retarded." I don't know if it's because of that, or if it's because of too much yelling, but his voice seems to suffer during the whole show. It's like he's recovering from a bad cold. However, it's a live show: it's faster; louder; and Tony really gives us all he has. He sings louder and punker than ever. He even sings an a capella song ("Press Gang") and shows us that he is very versatile.

Musically, the band is as awesome as ever. They are a little bit less tight on some songs at the beginning, especially during "Buckets of Beer," but they eventually manage to make up for it with the following tracks. But of all the performers, my hats off to Becca, who plays the fiddle as if it were an extension of her body. I particularly liked her solo during "Dancing Shoes."

The choice of songs is great; I like the fact that they played a lot of their older stuff. I also think that all the previously unreleased songs are really good, especially "Teehan's." They play their version of "Johnny I Hardly Knew Ya," a song that many people discovered with the last DM's album, and even though it is totally subjective, I like the Tossers' version way better. However, it's really a shame they don't play any song off Purgatory. I love this album, but they completely ignored it. Also, even though the record came out in March of this year, it has been recorded in 2006, so there are no songs off Agony and The Valley of the Shadow of Death is considered as the brand new thing. Clay Hansen is there (he misses many shows, but not this one!) and he sings a good version of "Seven Drunken Nights."

A thing that bothered me is that three songs on the album aren't listed, and are put on the same track as another song. It's really annoying when you want to skip to the next track and you end up skipping two tracks instead. Those unlisted songs are "Dancing Shoes," "Altercations" and a third song previously unreleased.

Finally, any Celtic and/or punk music fan alike should buy this CD/DVD. The DVD alone would be well worth the price. Be warned, though, that if your liking of a band is directly proportional to the loudness of their music, the Tossers don't use any electric instruments. However, if you like musicianship, and I mean true musicianship, and you don't mind a band with mandolin, banjo, tin whistle and fiddle, it's really hard not to like.


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Cyanotic (May 4, 2008)

Agony is fucking great, none of those unbearable 10-minute a capella songs. Pretty good live album, though it's missing most of my favorites. Oh well.

baseball (May 3, 2008)

Tossers are awesome and I think Agony is a great album.

FelixT (May 3, 2008)

Yeah I forgot to talk about the popping sound. However, even though it was like a slap in the face by Victory at first, I realized that I don't mind it that much. On my copy, it is just present, very sporadically, on songs 2 and 3, and not throughout the whole record. I just learned to deal with it. That's pretty bad that Victory released the album as such though, I agree. But it's not about 15 seconds of popping sound that should prevent you from buying the album if you are a fan.

telegraphrocks (May 3, 2008)

Darthtyler, yes, my copy also pops.

I was also a bit disappointed to learn that this show was from 2006. I don't know why, but having it released two years after recorded just pissed me off.

Anyway, I still love this band, and it's worth having.

tommy_jarvis (May 3, 2008)

Yeah, I was going to say something about the 'whom' there, but you (reviewer) know what's up.
Same thing happened with my shitty Streetlight review several months ago, only mine was an added possession error.

This score is for editors in general.

darthtyler (May 2, 2008)

Has anyone else heard the "popping" sounds throughout much of this album? They are intolerable. The beginning of Crutch is impossible to listen to because of the popping noises. I'm wondering why Victory chose to release something of such poor quality. I bought this on the first day it was available, so it could be a first pressing issue, but I highly doubt it.

FelixT (May 2, 2008)

Somebody, an administrator I guess, changed parts of this review, maybe to correct the text, but made mistakes in the process. It's ok to correct a text that has mistake, just be sure these are really mistakes and that you are not the one who makes the mistakes. Like the "whom" out of nowhere. You use "whom" when it's the object, not the subject. Anyway whatever, I just wanted to mention that I am not responsible for some grammatical mistakes in the text. ;)

niveK82 (May 2, 2008)

Hey, I was at this show. I should buy the cd/dvd but I don't like to buy things on Victory.

TEF (May 2, 2008)

"the Tossers donā??t use any electric instruments"

Hate to call you on this, but I believe they use an electric bass; or at least, they did when I saw them.

I didn't like Agony much, so a Valley of the Shadow of Death-heavy set list is fine by me.

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