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EDITORS’ NOTES

Following up 2010’s much-praised Cavalcade, The Flatliners dispense with excess studio gloss in favor of a live sound on Dead Language. There’s an immediacy to these tracks that matches the manic energy that the Toronto-bred punk foursome bring to their stage performances. The ska influences heard on their earliest tracks have been replaced by a more nuanced songwriting approach that delivers substantial melodies and smart lyrics without putting a crimp on the band’s bratty attitude. Chris Cresswell remains one of rock's most convincing ranters, spewing his verbal torrent with gleeful abandon. If this album’s tunes are a bit less manic than on previous albums, hellacious tracks like “Drown in Blood,” “Quitters," and “Ashes Away” don’t suffer for their slightly reined-in tempos. There are hooks galore to be found here, with the joyfully careening “Birds of England” and “Sew My Mouth Shut” standing out for sheer tunefulness. “Tail Feathers” shows the band’s mettle with a brooding ballad. Cresswell and company burn through the set with a roughneck aplomb that disguises the craft and precision built into each tune.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Following up 2010’s much-praised Cavalcade, The Flatliners dispense with excess studio gloss in favor of a live sound on Dead Language. There’s an immediacy to these tracks that matches the manic energy that the Toronto-bred punk foursome bring to their stage performances. The ska influences heard on their earliest tracks have been replaced by a more nuanced songwriting approach that delivers substantial melodies and smart lyrics without putting a crimp on the band’s bratty attitude. Chris Cresswell remains one of rock's most convincing ranters, spewing his verbal torrent with gleeful abandon. If this album’s tunes are a bit less manic than on previous albums, hellacious tracks like “Drown in Blood,” “Quitters," and “Ashes Away” don’t suffer for their slightly reined-in tempos. There are hooks galore to be found here, with the joyfully careening “Birds of England” and “Sew My Mouth Shut” standing out for sheer tunefulness. “Tail Feathers” shows the band’s mettle with a brooding ballad. Cresswell and company burn through the set with a roughneck aplomb that disguises the craft and precision built into each tune.

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About The Flatliners

Canada's Flatliners play aggressive but melodic old-school, pre-hardcore punk rock songs, enlivened with the occasional dubby bassline or inverted ska rhythm. Comparisons to London Calling, Sandinista!, early Members, or the Ruts are more apt than more overtly reggae-influenced acts like the Specials or Madness. After forming the band in Toronto, Ontario in 2002, singer and rhythm guitarist Chris Cresswell, lead guitarist Scott Brigham, bassist Jon Darbey, and drummer Paul Ramirez gigged across Canada's D.I.Y. punk circuit for several years, contributing tracks to various compilations before finally recording their debut album, Destroy to Create. Originally self-released, Destroy to Create was picked up for full North American distribution by Stomp Records in the fall of 2005. Touring followed the record's release and in spring 2007, the Flatliners announced their signing to California-based Fat Wreck Chords for U.S. and worldwide (except Canada) releases. The label switch marked a change in the Flatliners' sound, as they turned more distinctively pop-punk for 2007's Great Awake and 2010's Cavalcade. 2013's Dead Language saw the band honing their years of collective playing for a stripped-down and intensely powerful sound that earned them a Juno nomination in 2014. For their next release, 2015's Division of Spoils, Fat Wreck issued a two-disc compilation of the Flatliners' various 7" singles, rarities, and covers, culled from the previous ten years. 2017 saw the release of the band's fifth studio LP, Inviting Light. ~ Stewart Mason & Timothy Monger

  • ORIGIN
    Toronto, Ontario, Canada
  • FORMED
    2002

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