It’s only been five days since St. Patty’s Day - and what little celebratory air London might have had left after the now infamous riot, carried into Call the Office for last night’s Flatfoot 56 show. The Filthy Radicals jumped on stage around 10:30, bursting with a highly energetic ska-infused hardcore punk. They played for about fifteen minutes until a fuse blew in one of the guitar amps.
True to the punk rock genre, the guitarist grabbed a mike and started moshing with the fans. The remaining band members continued to improvise with covers and numbers that didn’t need a second guitarist, and shortly the fuse was replaced. They finished their set to groans for more and left the rest of the night to Flatfoot 56.
Hailing from Chicago, IL, Flatfoot kicked off their East Coast Canada tour with an energetic crowd of foot stomping, moshing, down and dirty rockers. The club wasn’t full capacity, but the energy of those that were there filled the room with excitement.
The harmonious sounds of mandolin, played by Brandon Good, and Eric McMahon’s bagpipes, coupled with the brothers Bawinkel on drums, bass, guitar and vocals respectively, filled Call the Office with more than just a typical punk band sound and performance.
Cracking jokes and singing with enthusiasm Flatfoot 56 treated the crowd to a few tunes off their newest album, which will be released on Stomp Records (Canada) in June. The band recorded for a month in Chicago’s Atlas Studios with Johnny Rioux (Street Dogs, Social Distortion), whom they had worked with in the past on 2010’s Black Thorn.
Finishing the set with a hilarious rendition of “Bird is the Word” with drummer Justin on vocals, Flatfoot 56 closed the first night of what promises to be a great Canadian tour.