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The Tosspints / Press

“A lot of people stop paying attention at the mention of Irish punk, but with The Tosspints they do so at their own peril. The songs here are so good that they transcend any specific genre. Sometimes it feels so painfully personal that you'll feel as if you're invading someone's privacy. These guys spill their guts and it's extremely compelling. If you've ever enjoyed Flogging Molly or The Tossers, or just appreciate good songwriting, do yourself a favor and find a copy of Have You Been Drinking?.”

“As you can imagine, much of the lyrical content is difficult to hear and depressing. But, like Anti-Flag, The Tosspints have the ability to be utterly serious and still make compelling, catchy music in the process.”

“Have You Been Drinking? is the third full-length from The Tosspints, a Celtic-punk band from Saginaw, Michigan, a struggling industrial city that the American dream long ago turned into a nightmare. The Tosspints are two brothers and a drummer, with brother Don a US Army combat veteran and brother Zack a union school teacher, the drummer is John. The music reminds me of the $wingin’ Utter$ but maybe a little more focused on the Celtic influences while the lyrics deal with the experiences of living in the rust belt – working class life, brotherhood, loyalty, the Union and the military and of course boozing and fighting. In all a very impressive release and the band to watch. Highlights include: Genocide is Painless, Your Name, Blood or Whiskey”

“#9 The Tosspints- "Have You Been Drinking" The Tosspints should be mentioned in the same sentence as Dropkick Murphy's or Flogging Molly. Only thing is, they are much better. No novelty instrumentation, just bass, guitar, and vocals. Powerful, three piece punk rock with a small Irish twist. The songs are short, to the point, and memorable. Check them out if you haven't yet.”

“Now I realize I’m harping on the writing but that’s only because it’s what really impressed me. As a band these guys are tight and the music they choose to use to tell their stories is selected very well. For the most part this is a rocker of an album and one that has me tapping my foot, with the headphones screwed securely to my head, whilst trying to avoid doing any actual work. I’m going to go ahead and call this one Essential Listening even if it seems a little off the beaten path for our little corner of the web. It’s most assuredly worth taking a chance on.”

“As much as one can try to keep their ears open to all the existing bands, there will be bands that fall through the cracks. The Tosspints, a three-piece band from Saginaw, MI is one of those for me. I wish I had heard of these guys sooner! I have been previewing their upcoming release Have You Been Drinking which is set to be released on June 4th and it has really blown me away!”

“There's no question where folk/punk trio the Tosspints stands on the subject of alcohol. It is a big, big fan of spirits and that love shines through in every booze-soaked note. Third full-length “Have You Been Drinking?” follows 2009's “11 Empty Bottles” and 2011's “Cenosillicaphobia” and is the Michigan outfit's best record to date. The 12-track release includes 10 originals and a pair of traditional tunes and should be required listening at your local Irish pub. Keepers include “Genocide Is Painless,” “Soldiers Heart,” “My Own Country,” “Johnny I Hardly Knew Ye,” “Come Out Ye Black and Tans” and “Eleanor.” Next round's on me, lads.”

“Soldiers Heart, a song written and performed by The Tosspints, is one that hits close to home for many soldiers who suffer with PTSD, including guitarist and vocalist for the band, Don Zuzula. As a combat veteran of Operation Iraqi Freedom, Zuzula, by way of the song, gives the perspective of a soldier returning home dealing with things like flashbacks and depression, which Zuzula says was difficult to face and relive for the video.”

“The three musicians have managed to record a rousing, authentic album that stands out of the mass of folk-punk and rock bands which are popping up like mushrooms at the moment.”

“The Tosspints are a family of tough-as-nails, hard-drinking, hard-working, blue-collar Michiganders who play no-nonsense street-punk rock with an Irish twist. Their stage show is mean, gritty and super energetic. Imagine The Pogues if they had the energy and cacophony of Black Flag and you’re getting close.”

“In 11 Empty Bottles the Tosspints reach down deep to tell a story of such abject misery that I had to listen with my headphones on and the volume muted. The resolution of the sorrow comes with self knowledge and acceptance. It is the only way out of hell.”

“In terms of "high energy" but I fully agree. "I am fucking drunk" the first title of the album überollt a furious with the speed of an avalanche. Although it is directly entrained by the music is also immediately clear that this band puts gr0ßen value to their texts. The first title of the album is not some other drinking anthem, but the band paints a vivid picture of despair and describes realistically the ugly reality. “Land Far Away” etwas gedrosselt. After two more titles very brisk pace, with "Land Far Away is throttled" something. Nevertheless, nothing is lost by the energy of Tosspints the contrary, through which the song tells the story (a young man reported himself for his broken heart is voluntary) in the military is incredibly urgent.”

“The band opened its performance with a sustained chord and a shout to the crowd—a cymbal crashed, and they were off!, barreling into their 45-minute set with all the kinetic energy Newton's laws of motion allow for a three-piece Celtic punk rock band. From there, the momentum only amplified.”

“The Tosspints, a talented trio of musicians, and their latest released album, "11 Empty Bottles," is a collection of raucous and rambunctious Celtic Punk/Folk songs that are aimed at infusing their listeners with energy and telling a couple dark and jaded stories along the way.”

“Then there were the Tosspints, stretching more into folk-punk these days, they told me, but still good for a rousing Irish drinking song or two. I raise my Diet Pepsi to them, too.”