- Flatfoot 56
Infobox musical artist
Name = Flatfoot 56
Img_capt = Josh Robieson
Background = group_or_band
Oi! Celtic Punk Christian punk
Years_active = 2000-present
URL = [http://www.flatfoot56.com/ Official site]
Current_members = Tobin Bawinkel
Flatfoot 56 is a
Christian punk/ Oi!band from Chicago, Illinois. The group's use of Scottish Highland bagpipeshas led to their classification as a Celtic punkband, comparable to Dropkick Murphysor Flogging Molly.
The band formed in summer
2000as a three-piece punk band. The three original members, who are brothers (Tobin Bawinkel, Justin Bawinkel, and Kyle Bawinkel), started writing songs in Fall 2000. By the Christmas season of the same year, they were playing their first concert. In January 2001, the band added Josh Robieson ( bagpipes, guitar, mandolin) to the lineup and the band began including the Highland bagpipes and a second guitarinto its sound.
In 2001 they recorded their first demo, then in Summer 2002, the band recorded their first full length album, entitled "
Rumble of 56". This recording was done in Rockford, Illinois, in a studio called the Noise Chamber. Their second album, " Waves of War", was released in 2003. Their song, "That's OK," had heavy radio play on stations across the Midwestern United States.
The following year, Flatfoot 56 performed at the
Cornerstone Festivalin Illinois, in front of more than 700 people. It was at this concert that the band released their album "Knuckles Up". It has been the band's best-selling record, and the group continues to record and tour. The band has been signed to Flicker Recordsand has re-released "Knuckles Up" through the label. Their fourth record, "Jungle of the Midwest Sea", was released on May 15, 2007.
Kyle Bawinkel, Justin Bawinkel, and Tobin Bawinkel were involved in
Royal Rangersand received the Gold Medal of Achievement.
Flatfoot 56 commonly encourages and organizes a variation on a circle pit called the Meat Grinder, which has become immensely popular with fans.
*Tobin Bawinkel - lead vocals, guitar
*Josh Robieson - lead guitar, mandolin, bagpipes
*Kyle Bawinkel - bass, vocals
*Justin Bawinkel - drums, vocals
*Adam Christensen- rhythm guitar ("occasional touring guitarist since Fall of 2007")
Rumble of 56" – 2002
Waves of War" – 2003
Knuckles Up" – 2004
Knuckles Up(re-release)" – 2006
Jungle of the Midwest Sea" – 2007
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* [http://www.flatfoot56.com/ Flatfoot 56 website]
* [http://groups.myspace.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=groups.groupProfile&groupid=100863794&Mytoken=55B01BB2-E1AC-40A7-8AC94BDADEB3E975869151320 Flatfoot 56 official myspace group]
* [http://www.myspace.com/flatfoot56 Flatfoot 56 official myspace]
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