The Emerald City (Victory Records)
release date: 3/5/2013
by Scott Hefflon
Seven full-lengths in 20 years, these Celtic punkers continue to deliver exactly what you want and expect, no surprises. Fun, energetic, trust-worthy, with tin whistles, fiddles, hearty sing-a-longs, and all the usual subjects (last call, lost friends and relatives, more drinking, maybe a bar fight with some scabs, and how a broken heart can be mended when the boys take you out for pints until the sun comes up), Emerald City doesn’t disappoint, nor break any new ground. The Tossers lean more to the traditional Celtic sing-a-long than the punk rock rampage, but play the title track on the jukebox at your local pub, and if someone doesn’t buy you a drink, get the hell out of there.