As we find ourselves now in March and closer to donning green, especially those of us with an Irish background. It’s perfect timing that I was able to chat recently with a band who I consider legends in the realm of Celtic punk, The Tossers.
These rockers have been putting out music for over two decades now and don’t appear to be slowing down any time soon (please don’t). Their latest album Smash The Windows is out March 3rd and from someone who was given an early listen? Let me tell you, it is a must have!
Check out the interview with lead singer Tony Duggins below to get the scoop on the latest album and more.
Brandon: Thank you guys so much for chatting with us here at Lemonade. How’s 2017 treating you so far?
Tony: Pretty good.
B: You are getting ready to release a brand new album titled, Smash The Windows. It seems like just yesterday The Pint of No Return was released, but in reality it’s been well over 20 years! When you look back at all of your releases, what’s the biggest difference with this latest one?
T: The writing is more mature, ’cause we’re old now, but we’re having more fun than ever with it. The melodies and song structures are a bit more intricate. And we’re performing a lot better, for various reasons, but mainly still because we’re older now.
B: I was fortunate enough to get an early listen to the album and I absolutely love it. This is the first album featuring Emily Constantinou on violin, right? How did you guys end up finding Emily?
T: She’s a friend of ours. We asked her if she wanted to play and she said, “Yeah.” She really just fit right in with us seamlessly, as far as style and attitude, so it was really a no brainer. She’s a really nice person, fun to hang out with and play with.
B: Celtic music has such a huge impact on the punk genre in general. Although you came before Flogging Molly and Dropkick Murphys, you all got your start in the mid-90s and while Flogging Molly represents the West Coast and Dropkick Murphys, the East, you guys represent the Midwest. Do you feel like there are unique qualities to the Celtic-punk sound from each region?
T: Maybe, but when I think of LA I think of bands like Jane’s Addiction, Flogging Molly has their own sound that’s completely different than any time or place. With Dropkick, I guess I think about the relationship to Boston a little more, because it’s so much a part of their lyrics, and they have that street punk sound as well that’s part of the great tradition of the Boston hardcore and punk scene. I think both bands have risen way beyond just the place where they were from, and the Irish tradition and culture that we all share is timeless and boundless.
B: You guys always make it to our St. Patrick’s Day playlist here at Lemonade. With the holiday coming up here really quick, what do you all have planned?
T: We’re playing at home here at The Metro on St. Patrick’s Day. Other than that, being with family and friends, making some corned beef and cabbage, drinking a Guinness or two. Maybe some of us will go to a parade or go to mass.
B: Your music is so high energy and your live shows are absolutely incredible. What is the craziest thing you have ever witnessed at a show of yours?
T: I don’t want to frighten any of our older fans from coming to our shows, but one night, you could say, there was a lot of love in the audience.
B: You are getting ready to go out on tour here very soon. Which city always surprises you the most?
T: I’m not really surprised by much any more.
B: You’re starting off the year strong with the aforementioned album release and tour. How does the rest of the year look?
T: More shows, just generally celebrating and performing the new record, and continuing to represent our culture and heritage.
You can pick up Smash The Windows by The Tossers on iTunes now and check out the title track, “Smash The Windows” video below!
Editor in Chief of Lemonade Magazine