The Tossers hit the Phoenix with Reel Big Fish Sunday (November 20). Rating: NNN
Anyone losing sleep over the lack of activity from The Pogues can cheer up a bit, since it sounds like Chicago's answer to the Celtic-punk hybrid are poised to fill the void. Instead of distorted guitars though, Valley is an acoustic affair and the band flaunts their chops with lots of banjo, tin whistle and fiddle. Most of the songs retain folk's tradition of storytelling, with a good number of ballads and up-tempo sing-along choruses. The band does channel the spirit of punk in No Loot, No Booze, No Fun, an ode to the late Dee Dee Ramone, and on Go Down Witch Down, a riff on the current state of things south of the border. A fun album, if not a bit safe and predictable.