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The best kept secret in music

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"It was their CD release party, and I can tell you that the crowd and all the bands were definitely partying and having a good time. The Flatliners are also another band that packs in energy with each performance (I feel like a broken record here). I had a chance to skank for a bit of their set. I was surprised at the amount of people that just stood at the front and watched, versus them joining the rest of the crowd in the circle pit. Although there wasn't as many people skanking, it seemed like everyone was into the music that was being put on. A talented band with a tight sound, it is no wonder why so many people like them. After repeatedly listening to the CD over the past 2 weeks since attending the show, I highly recommend the CD if you don't have it. If you weren't at the show, BUY IT the next chance you get to see them." by Michael Collins

- 4thwave.ca


"The Flatliners opened the night and blew me away. This band gets tighter as time goes on. They have a new record which is nearing completion. A circle pit and a democratic voting system to determine what song they would play next really set the tone for the night. The Flatliners set the bar high." by Jerry Two-Tone
- 4thwave.ca


An impressive collection of fast-paced ska-punk, Destroy To Create succeeds in creating a sound of its own in a genre crowded with clones. Heavy on the up-strokes but light on the silliness, most of the Flatliners’ material is more rooted in hardcore chants than ska sing-alongs. Chris Cresswell’s vocals sound like they’ve been simmered in whisky and nicotine for the last decade of his life, but this mature sound, equally demonstrated by the rest of the band, betrays the members’ relatively young age. Equal parts toughness and fun, or, if you will, Rancid and Planet Smashers, the driving, up-tempo music of Destory To Create is well worth the listen.

(Independent, www.theflatliners.com)

Sam Sutherland - Exclaim Magazine


Discography

DESTROY TO CREATE - LP released OCT 2004
WHO SAID SKA'S DEAD - Split EP released DEC 2003
ALL SKA-NADIAN 4 COMPILATION - STOMP RECORDS FEB 2003
DEMO - EP released SEPT 2002

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THE FLATLINERS, although still in high school, have been ripping up the ska-punk scene since 2002 with their own brand of Skunk Rawk. Best described as two-tone ska mixed with brain hemorrhaging punk rock, to make one lethal dose of in-your-face music. With three releases under their belts, including an early demo, a four-way split combining the extremes of Toronto ska-punk (“Who Said Ska’s Dead?”), and a long awaited full length (“Destroy to Create”), THE FLATLINERS have proven to be one of the most prosperous bands in the Toronto, and even Canadian, ska-punk scene today.

THE FLATLINERS have shared the stage with such notable bands as THE SUICIDE MACHINES, PLANET SMASHERS, AGAINST ALL AUTHORITY, BIG D & THE KIDS TABLE, THE CODE, FORDIRELIFESAKE, MURPHY’S LAW, STREETLIGHT MANIFESTO, FLASHLIGHT BROWN, GENERAL RUDIE, THE KINGPINS, and many more. Proving that they are among the group of up-and-coming bands in the Southern Ontario scene, THE FLATLINERS have graduated from local opener to opener to strong headliners. Recent highlights were two sold out crowds on the release weekend for their newly released full-length “Destroy to Create” in October 2004.

In vein of The Clash, Operation Ivy, and Rancid, THE FLATLINERS’ sound has developed over the years from simplistic tunes to anthemic, fast-paced ska-punk with attitude. During early 2003, THE FLATLINERS were given a big helping hand with getting their music out to the public while being interviewed on MuchMusic Television’s THE PUNK SHOW. The interview and live footage was aired on February 8, 2003, only to cause THE FLATLINERS to be contacted by an onslaught of fans from all over the country craving to hear more. Since then, they have appeared on numerous college and mainstream radio shows, including a live radio performance, independent and nationally distributed compilations, and have been featured in England’s premier Skazine DO THE DOG MAGAZINE.

THE FLATLINERS have only begun their assault on the world. Get ready for hell 'cause they're carrying on the torch of ska-punk with full force. Watch your back and keep your eyes wide open because THE FLATLINERS are coming to town.