Celtic punk band Flatfoot 56 have announced plans to release a new EP, The Vancouver Sessions, on May 25th with Sailor’s Grave Records. The upcoming record will feature stripped down versions of some fan favorites. There will also be one new song on there as well.
Tobin Bawinkel (vocals/guitar) talked about the new EP:
“This song (“Cain”) took on an entirely different feel than the original version off the “Jungle of the Midwest Sea” album. We wanted to really explore a new sound for Flatfoot. Inspired by a more delta blues vibe, we loved the way this new take on an old song turned out. Its low, its gruff and it’s us in a very weird way.”
The album takes one new song (“How Long”) and four older songs from the bands extensive library, and revisits them in a totally different way. Songs that were once hard driving punk rock anthems, get turned into thoughtful, and at times tender, reminders of what life can be if we slow down and take lyrics in.
To help the band successfully cross the great divide between speed and flux to blur and slow, to melodic and beautiful, Flatfoot enlisted the help of veteran producer Roy Salmond. Salmond is the owner and operator of White Water Productions near Vancouver, BC and has been working with artists for over 30 years. He invited the band to explore the tension that could be found between the gritty vocal sounds of Tobin (Flatfoot 56’s lead singer) and a more melodic reimagining of lines throughout the composition of the songs.
Included in these new arrangements are traditional instruments like the Irish whistle, the Uilleann Bagpipes, accordion and the Irish bones. Together they create a raw, authentic and, for Flatfoot as a band, out-of-the-box experience.