Press

“An intelligent and honest band with proper roots in their community and something for us all to be proud of that our class can throw up bands like this in, times like this.”

London Celtic Punks (August 24, 2015)

“The Tosspints have produced an album of subsequent highs. Tracks stand out for varied and distinct reasons, owing their success to The Tosspints breadth of inspiration and expert execution. For all of The Privateers’ evolving personality (you can’t really pin it down to any one sound, making the opening track and album art a tad deceiving), the level of experience and maturity shines through, binding the entirety of the project together. The Tosspints have branched out beyond their borders, making The Privateer a must for many.”

Cole Faulkner, The Punk Site (July 2015)

“The Tosspints have been around for quite a few years now, and they haven’t grown complacent. They are not just phoning it in or going through the motions. They continue to push themselves with new musical challenges. The Privateer is another excellent album from a band at the top of their game.”

Tom Trauma, Punknews.org (July 128, 2015)

“It’s not often that the word “epic” comes to mind when describing music. Now don’t get me wrong, there are epic songs and albums out there but they are the exception rather than the rule. However it was the first word to come to mind when I got my hands on The Privateer, the upcoming release from The Tosspints. The sound that this three piece outfit achieves is really the core of why I think “epic” when I hear it. There’s a fullness of sound that, when combined with the lyrical pacing and the rhythm, creates a world of its own for the listener. This creates a demand for the listener’s full attention, making the stories told here feel even more personal to the listener.”

Romeo Sid Viscious, ninebullets.net (July 10, 2015)

The Privateer has a place in punk rock history.”

Trish Lewis, The Review Magazine, (July 4th, 2015)

“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?.”

Tom Trauma, Punknews.org (Jan 27, 2015)

“Fronted by combat veteran Don Zuzula, The Tosspints play Celtic Punk focused around the horrors of war and aftermath. 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. Just don’t miss the message here.”

Shrum, New Noise Magazine (Dec 11, 2013)

“#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.”

Jashie P, Moonrunners (Dec 04, 2013)

 

“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.”

Romeo Sid Viscious, ninebullets.net (Oct 08, 2013)

 

“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!”

Randall Kelley, Rocking the Craic (May 31, 2013)

“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.”
“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.”