The Tossers

Long Dim Road

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The easiest thing in the world to do is to compare this band to the Pogues. Indeed, their music gives the listener a warm spot in an angry heart that has likely remained cold since songs like "The Sick Bed of Cuchulainn." But scratch the surface beneath the tin whistles and percussive, rapid-fire strings and the Tossers have a sound all their own, as well as a political sensibility that could have been born nowhere else but the south side of Chicago. Their agit-prop style carries songs which are long on thought with a rousing punk sound that manages to cram in a huge number of musical influences from noise to American and Irish folk. Sweet, emotive ballads are half heartbreak, half hopeful resignation and showcase the strong songwriting that has a tendency to get buried in the more aggressive tracks. If you have a conscience, songs like "The Ballad of N.A.T.O." will rouse it; if you have a heart, "Doctrines Outdated" will break it.

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