The Flatliners

The Flatliners

 Richmond Hill, Ontario, CAN

THE FLATLINERS have been playing punk rock/reggae/grime that makes you want to dance and punch for 7 years now. The band's new album is set for release this October / November 2009 through Fat Wreck Chords.


"What do you do when doing what you love gets you nowhere?" asks the opening track on The Great Awake, the second full-length from these Toronto-based punks. The question, delivered with all the gravel-voiced ferocity of a hardened, worn-down clock puncher, betrays the success which has found the endlessly-touring quartet since the release of 2005's Destroy to Create (Stomp). Far from getting them nowhere, The Flatliners' five years of passionate melding of raging punk rock, aggressive ska, and balls-out rock 'n' roll has taken them across nine provinces, twenty-eight states, and two Warped Tours. They've shared stages with the likes of Bad Religion, The Loved Ones, Anti-Flag, No Use For A Name, and The Suicide Machines, and with a new American home on Fat Wreck Chords, they're just getting started.

The Great Awake is a shockingly mature record for a band who's oldest member tops out at twenty years old. Embracing the darkest aspects of their sound, The Flatliners have crafted a record that, without abandoning their ska-punk roots, sounds a lot more like mid-90s Gainesville than late 90s Orange County. Songs like "You Guys Want One Of These?" and "Hal Johnson Smokes Cigarettes" offer some of the record's catchiest melodies, all swathed in heavy levels of distortion and gritty vocal delivery. "This Respirator" marks the band's ska-reggae high-water mark, perfecting the lilting melodies and syncopated rhythms that most of their peers fail at replicating. Then there's the album-closer, "KHTDR"; seven minutes of epic punk-ska whose sonic evolution, moving from genre to genre, almost seems to parallel that of the band, whose own sound has moved into substantially more mature waters as they continue to define what, exactly, is The Flatliners sound. Out of school and hitting the road full-time, The Flatliners are truly doing what they love. Drawing as much on the ska-punk bounce of Operation Ivy as the raw rock 'n' roll of Leatherface, The Great Awake is guaranteed to find a home in hearts of any fan of fiery, sincere, and unforgiving punk rock.

Video Links:
This Respirator (2008) -
Eulogy (2007) -
Broken Bones (2006) -
Fred's Got Slacks (2005) -


2009 | TBD (Fat Wreck Chords)
2007 | THE GREAT AWAKE (Fat Wreck Chords/Union 2112)
2005 | DESTROY TO CREATE (Stomp/Warner)
2003 | WHO SAID SKA'S DEAD (Split EP/Indie)
2002 | DEMO

Set List

Set list varies between new and old material.
Regular set length approximately 30 mins.