After spending almost a month in the sanctuary of Matt Allison’s legendary, Chicago-based Atlas Studios, FLATFOOT 56 has finished the recording stage of its still-untitled new album. The Celtic punk group recorded with Johnny Rioux (of Street Dogs, Social Distortion and Bruisers fame).
“Recording with Rioux was awesome,” said guitarist/vocalist Tobin Bawinkel. “He coaxes us out of our comfort zones and inspired us to write music that pushes past the boundaries we thought we had as songwriters and musicians, and it was truly an invigorating experience to work with him.”
This isn’t the first time Flatfoot 56 has teamed up with Rioux – the same partnership resulted in the band’s critically lauded LP, Black Thorn, in 2010. Among the new songs that were recorded were crowd favorites that Flatfoot has been playing on the road for the past year, like “I’ll Fly Away,” “6’10”’ and “Toil.”
While recording the album, Flatfoot 56 was sure to keep close to its fans. The band uploaded studio updates, sharing them with fans on Facebook and Twitter.
Flatfoot 56’s new record is slated for a summer release on Paper + Plastick Records. The album is now in its mixing stages while Flatfoot is on a month-long tour in Europe and Russia. Despite not hitting the studio for over a year, Flatfoot 56 kept busy in 2011 – playing over 220 live shows in nine countries.