In short, Toronto’s The Fallout play straight-up, stripped-down political punk rock that’s got backbone and backbeat.
Taking their cue from Pete Seeger’s quote “the people are on the march and must have songs to sing,” The Fallout mete out partisan and unapologetically political agitp(r)op punk rock. The band deals in songs of unity, inclusion, solidarity and struggle.
The current roster is: Bob (drums/vocals), Byron (guitar / vocals) and Patty (bass / vocals).
Around since 2004, the band has five releases to it’s name:
Turning Revolution Into Money (2004 / Longshot Music)
What Is Past Is Prologue (2005 / Longshot Music)
Turning Point (2006 / Red Menace Records)
Dismantlement (2007 / Insurgence Records)
Raise Your Flag And Other Anthems (2018 / Rebel Time Records)
All releases available on The Fallout’s Bandcamp page.
Of note, the band is currently remixing and remastering their earlier (and currently unavailable) releases for digital release. As of October 2018, 2004’s “Turning Revolution Into Money” has been remixed/remastered/released as “Still Turning Revolution Into Money.” And 2005’s “What Is Past Is Prologue” has just been remixed/remastered/released as “What Is Past Is (Still) Prologue.” Both are now up on The Fallout’s bandcamp page.
“The Fallout make you wanna get up, dance and then go and do nasty but well-deserved things to animal abusers / fascists / cops while happily humming one of their delightful ditties.” (Old Punks Never Die)
“Forging their sound in a style reminiscent of punk’s earliest days, comparisons for this power trio generate allusions to some top-notch talent as well. Let’s just say that they obviously love the gutsy, three-chord barrage of The Ramones, The Clash and Stiff Little Fingers. Taking that a step further, their socially conscious lyrics prove that while they look like they just crawled out of a gutter that hasn’t been cleaned for three decades, they’ve still got it where it counts – real music from the street and from the heart. ” (FFD Weekly)
“Their catchy-as-hell, sing-along, three-chord punk rock packs a definite punch and is coupled with well-crafted and well-articulated, socially-conscious lyrics that crackle with heartfelt anger and urgency. These cats are kind of like a street-punk version of Woody Guthrie.” (Exclaim)
The Fallout’s sound reminds me a lot of early bands such as The Clash and Stiff Little Fingers, but without copying ’em, as they do have their own distinctive sound…and it’s catchy rebel-rousing stuff! They’re socially aware and the lyrics go straight to the point of the matter. (Oi Warning)