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Inviting Light

Rise Records
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Canada’s The Flatliners have released Inviting Light, their sixth studio LP, via Rise Records, there’s been a long four year gap since their last full length, Division Of Spoils, which was a collection of rarities and non album tracks, you have to go back to 2013’s Dead Language for their last album of new material. A hiatus of that length between new recordings often signifies a band changing or evolving their style, and Inviting Light is no exception as the new album and record label has signified a shift in their approach.

Inviting Light opens with the sinister chords of Mammals before the drum beat kicks in and you know that The Flatliners are back to what they do best, delivering heady melodic punk rock, ten of the twelve tracks deliver exactly that, accomplished melody driven punk rock, but that’s not the end of the story, amongst the pounding anthemic tracks their are quieter moments, includuing Unconditional Love, a track that brings things down with an intense slow burn and Chameleon Skin, the albums mellowest moment that introduces a laid back acoustic element to Inviting Light .

Inviting Light shows a new side to The Flatliners, this is a slightly more easy going and melodic album than the recordings I’ve previously encountered, whilst it still carries the same impact as their earlier material this is a more mature sounding release that suggests The Flatliners are still evolving and haven’t settled into a comfortable rut. Inviting Light is an album that will satisfy their establish fanbase, but it is also one that I feel will broaden their appeal as this is a more polished and refined sounding release that leans more towards the rock element of their punk rock.

The Flatliners recently completed an extensive US tour with Weezer and the band is now gearing up for a European tour with The Menzingers followed by a pair of South American shows, as well as a series of dates across their native Canada and a number of festival appearances this summer, meaning that pretty much everyone will have the chance to catch them live over the course of Spring and Summer.

The Flatliners website can be found here and Rise Records website is here

You can order Inviting Light here

The Flatliners Stream New LP In Full

Flatliners ILToronto Canada’s The Flatliners are are streaming their sixth studio album, Inviting Light.

The disc can be heard below and is available now via Rise Records.

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The Flatliners Release ‘Inviting Light’ Album Today

Flatliners ILToronto Canada’s The Flatliners are releasing Inviting Light, their sixth studio LP, today via Rise Records. With their US tour with Weezer drawing to a close the band is now gearing up for a European tour with The Menzingers followed by a pair of South American shows with the likes of Rise Against, Pennywise and more. The Flatliners are also confirmed for a series of festivals this summer including Pouzza Fest, Bledfest and It’s Not Dead.

You can order Inviting Light here

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The Flatliners New Album Due Out This Friday

Flatliners ILThe Flatliners are streaming a new song, Indoors, the track appears on the band’s upcoming studio LP, Inviting Light, that is due out on 7th April on Rise Records. The Flatliners will be playing some North American tour dates with Weezer and will then tour the UK and Europe with The Menzingers, the band is also confirmed to play the It’s Not Dead Festival in California.

The new album, Inviting Light, can be pre-ordered here

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The Flatliners Stream New Track From ‘Inviting Light’ LP

Flatliners ILThe Flatliners are premiering a new song, Indoors, the track appears on the band’s upcoming studio LP, Inviting Light, that is due out on 7th April on Rise Records. The Flatliners will be playing some North American tour dates with Weezer and will then tour the UK and Europe with The Menzingers, the band is also confirmed to play the It’s Not Dead Festival in California.

The new album, Inviting Light, can be pre-ordered here

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It’s Not Dead Festival Returns To California For 2017

It's Not Dead 2017Old and new-school punk rock fans demanded it, and Vans Warped Tour founder Kevin Lyman has delivered, It’s Not Dead, one of the country’s largest punk rock festivals, is returning to Southern California this summer, after a two-year break. It’s Not Dead will once again invade the Glen Helen Amphitheater Festival Grounds on Saturday, August 26, with another massive line-up of bands on four stages.

Tickets for It’s Not Dead will be available from 9am on Monday 20th March here

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The FLatliners – Infinite Wisdom

Flatliners ILToronto Canada’s The Flatliners have released the new single “Infinite Wisdom,” from their upcoming album, Inviting Light.  The disc will serve as their sixth studio LP, their first for Rise Records, on April 7th 2017. The album, produced by Peter Pablo & Derek Hoffman, is now available for pre-order. 

Listen to the song below,

Inviting Light can be pre-ordered on all formats here.

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The Flatliners To Release New LP ‘Inviting Light’ On April 7th

Flatliners ILToronto Canada’s The Flatliners will release Inviting Light, their sixth studio LP, their first for Rise Records, on April 7th 2017. The album, produced by Peter Pablo & Derek Hoffman, is now available for pre-order. The Flatliners will be playing some North American tour dates with Weezer and will tour the UK and Europe with The Menzingers.

A new song from the album entitled Human Party Trick is now streaming here

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The Flatliners Sign To Rise Records

the_flatliners-rise-recsThe Flatliners career is one that is a testament to perseverance and dedication, they boast a line up that has never strayed from the original quartet of members who first met as teenagers, the band has since logged countless miles on the road and amassed a dedicated legion of fans along the way. Now Rise Records have announced they have signed The Flatliners and that the band will be releasing a new full length in the front half of 2017. The Flatliners will also be joining The Menzingers on their upcoming European tour.

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The Flatliners Announce New EP

The FlatlinersThe Flatliners have announced that they will be releasing a new EP/7″.  The album will be titled Nerves and is set to drop on Friday, October 28, 2016 via Dine Alone Records.  Frontman Chris Cresswell comments:

“For the first time in about a decade, we spent the majority of the year off the road and at home in 2015. Even though to most it must have seemed like we were laying low for most of the year, 2015 became a year of constant inspiration and ever evolving scenery and surroundings. There was a refreshing, cooling feeling that came over the task at hand and the craft we’ve honed. And with ‘Nerves’ we invite you to dip your toes in the deep end of the pool.”

Stream the EP here courtesy Noisey.

The Bouncing Souls Announce American Fall Tour Dates

bouncing-souls-simplicity-tourNew Jersey’s punk rock mainstays, The Bouncing Souls, recently released their landmark tenth full length album, Simplicity, via Rise Records. The legendary band combined the best elements of their past and present to create an album that would translate perfectly into the live setting, and now they’ve announced a run of North American tour dates to put these new classics to the test. Simplicity has been lauded by critics and fans alike for its well-rounded approach in adding to The Bouncing Souls‘ twenty plus year legacy. It’s an album that couldn’t exist without the ones that preceded it, but still captures the element of youthful spontaneity that made The Bouncing Souls so special in the first place. The Bouncing Souls will be joined by of their talented friends to help celebrate the release of Simplicity, the Fall North American tour dates include shows with the likes of Anti-Flag, Off With Their Heads, Masked Intruder, Cayetana and more.

The tour dates can be viewed below and Simplicity can be ordered here

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Brakrock Ecofest final line-up announced

Brakrock fest is a yearly festival in the town of Duffel, in the center of Belgium. It’s held on August 6th at a stunning location next to the water, in the shadow of a 16th century castle. The eco-minded festival is only 4 years old but gets more traction and draws a bigger roster every year.

They announced their complete line-up for the 2016 edition. It includes Strung Out, A Wilhelm Scream, The Flatliners, Authority Zero, The Dwarves, The Adolescents and Trophy Lungs.
 
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Flatliners - Vancouver

The Flatliners / Together Pangea / Youth Decay

Live in Vancouver (06/16/16)

The Cobalt - Vancouver, BC
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“Thanks for showing up early…ish” Stu Ross, guitarist for local punk upstarts Youth Decay joked to the crowd. They may have been the first band on the bill – but the ten o’clock start time for the Thursday night show was far from early. But that didn’t stop the crowd from coming in full force for the second Flatliners show in a row for what was billed as the kick off to Levitation Vancouver.

The sold out show was by far the most people I’ve ever seen at the Cobalt. People filled it wall to wall and the back bar was open for the first time in…ever. So to say people were excited would be an understatement. It had been a while since The Flatliners passed through town and it seemed as if Vancouverites were missing the Toronto foursome.

Kick starting the evening was, as mentioned, Youth Decay – a Vancouver punk rock supergroup with members of Daggermouth, Living With Lions and  Comeback Kid in its ranks playing in support of last year’s The Party Over. The skate punk bombardment worked well, whether singing about their hatred for bicyclists or their love of Winnipeg, the crowd ate it up and opened up in excited fury.

They made way for Los Angeles’ Together Pangea (not to be confused with Breaking Pangea) who – honestly – felt like an odd choice for a Flatliners tour-mate. Opening up with a country twang, Together Pangea were more jangly than fierce; a mixture of Underground Railroad To Candyland chaos alongside nerd rock conservativeness of Nerf  Herder but failing to hit the plateau of either band’s sound. It made for a set that was forgettable, you weren’t upset you were there but you’ll never go out of your way to listen to them again.

The same can’t be said for The Flatliners who – as they always do – slayed it.

Having only released the b-side compilation Division of Spoils since their last date in Vancouver, the band used the opportunity to play a smorgasbord of songs including a select few deep cuts from the rarities album (Fangs being among them).

Cresswell and company were in top form, tightening up their set in their time off ripping through Resuscitation Of The Year, Sew My Mouth Shut,  July!August! Reno!, Shithawks, Monumental, Eulogy, Birds of England and more. This was a set not to be missed, and the packed crowd jumped, moved and sang along to every tune.

The band joked during tuning sessions, were charismatic and expressive – honestly, you could watch bassist Jon Darbey all night and be fully entertained – and they played for themselves just as much as the crowd. So much so that their encore consisted of weird nineties rock covers from the likes of Sloan – if that’s not doing it for themselves, then I don’t know what is.

Manchester Punk Festival 2016

MPFThe Manchester Punk Festival, brought to you by Manchester DIY promoters TNS Records, Moving North and Anarchistic Undertones has returned for a second year. The first Manchester Punk Festival was held in 2015 and is returning for a second year on 21-23 April 2016. Tickets are available for just £21 but there are less than 150 tickets remaining.

There will be over 60 bands playing across three days, with the majority playing on Friday and Saturday. The Thursday will be one small gig with very limited capacity. This years acts include The Flatliners, Oi Polloi and Sick On The Bus

 

There are nine free compilations on the Manchester Punk Festival Bandcamp site showcasing the bands appearing, check out the details below. 

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The Flatliners

The Flatliners

Division Of Spoils

Fat Wreck Chords
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Rating: 4/5

 
 

 

 

Canadian punk troupe The Flatliners have amassed a colourful career when it comes to pushing themselves forward with each new record.  From their early ska infused days, to their scratchy roughhousing middle years and their latest evolution which finds the band seamlessly shifting between clean melody and throaty punk rock massacre, The Flatliners retain a strong sense of direction regardless which way they face.  Nowhere is that clearer than their recent odds-and-ends collection, Division Of Spoils.  Compiling a host of 7” singles, Eps and a handful of previously unreleased tracks, The Flatliners amass an impressively cohesive twenty-three song romp that easily stands its ground amidst more their formal discography.

Opening with the carrot of unreleased goodies, The Flatliners pull the curtain back on a duo of newly discovered gems.  Recorded during the Dead Language sessions, “Lifers” and “Broken Men” exemplify how polished the steady four-piece has become in their songwriting.  Both tracks take showcase Chris Cresswell’s adept back and forth between clean wiry wails and piercing throat-born screams.  Unlike many vocalists with notable career transformations, Cresswell retains and builds upon the best elements of his prior self, maintaining a much appreciated thread of continuity in each sonic evolution.   Born from the same recording session, “How Trouble” surfaces later in the collection, retaining a similar vibe with a bit of a more of a straight up punk-rock vibe like as per other previously released b-sides like “This Song Is Like Thunder And Lightning.”  Otherwise, Division Of Spoils comes mostly loaded with standouts from The Flatliners’ renegade punk rock days (although a few fast and furious ska-punk tunes like “Spill Your Guts” are thrown in for long time fans).

The Flatliners close the compilation with in a manner not unlike that of seminal punk rock cover band Me First And The Gimme Gimmes.  If you’re looking for an attitude infused take onThe Tragically Hip’s “Ahead by a Century”, then The Flatliners’ amped up tempo is about as  good as you’ll get.  Meanwhile, the honkey tonk’n trot of the Johnny Cash classic “Cry Cry Cry” represents a direction that The Flatliners have yet to more fully explore (think Get Dead).  “Southwards” is a fitting cover of stylistic contemporaries Astpai followed by a fairly spot on cover Rocket From The Crypt’s “Straight American Slave.”  While covers aren’t always a selling point, this concise collection affords further insight into possible directions for future pursuit.

 If you haven’t paid much attention to The Flatliners’ impressive lineage of Eps and singles, then Division Of Spoils will be a pleasing surprise (even if you have, the unreleased tracks are well worth cherry picking).  Even as an amalgamation of odds and ends, sequencing feels natural, even if stylistically less cohesive.  But don’t let the fear that the disc’s status as a rarities collection makes it any less worth spinning than The Flatliners’ more intentional work.  Division Of Spoils is a fine standalone product that should more than tide fans over until their The Flatliners’ inevitable next evolution.

Tours: Lagwagon / The Flatliners (Australia)

fat_wreck_chordsLagwagon and The Flatliners has announced that they will be touring Australia together in November and December.  Lagwagon continues to support 2014’s Hang and The Flatliners continue to hype up their recent b-side and rarities compilation,Division of Spoils, both are available now on Fat Wreck Chords.

Full tour dates are below.

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The Flatliners – Lifers

The FlatlinersThe Flatliners have premiered a new track from their upcoming b-sides collection.  The track is titled “Lifers” and is from the upcoming compilation, Division Of Spoils, which drops August 7, 2015 via Fat Wreck Chords.

Listen here courtesy DyingScene.

The Flatliners – Broken Men

The FlatlinersThe Flatliners have prmiered a new track from their upcoming b-sides collelction.  The track was originally recorded in 2012 and is titled “Broken Men” during the Dead Language sessions.  The compilation is title Division Of Spoils and drops today via Fat Wreck Chords.

Listen here courtesy Noisey.

The Flatliners Announce New 7″

FlatlinersThe Flatliners have announced the release of a new 7″ vinyl offering which for which the b-side will include an unreleased track.  Front man Chris Cresswell comments: 

“Take it from me, there’s nothing better to kick off your 2015 like a song from 2013! But just to spice it up a bit, we’re including an unreleased song from the Dead Language sessions called “Fangs”. It took us almost 2 weeks to decide the fate of “Fangs” back in 2013. Should we keep it on the record? Should we save it for something else? It was without a doubt the toughest call to make overall surrounding Dead Language. And now for your listening pleasure, it’s yours. Loud and gnarly, so crank it up and bang your head. We were also able to work with our good buddy Grey Days who produced some incredible artwork for this double-record-cover 7”. To us, this release is equal parts “Resuscitation of the Year” and “Fangs,” so we wanted to showcase that through the art. Feast your eyes. Feast your ears. Feast your brain.”

Entitled Resuscitation of the Year, it will be available on March 10, 2015 via Fat Wreck Chords.  

New Damage Records Free Winter Sampler

New Damage RecordsNew Damage Records is giving away a free Winter sampler.  The 22 song compilation features contributions from bands like GOBThe FlatlinersSlatesSeaway, and Cancer Bats to name a few.

Download the full disc here.

Tours: Lagwagon (UK)

lagwagonCalifornia punk rock favourites Lagwagon have announced a short UK tour in March next year. The band are out supporting their latest full length, Hang, released back in October via Fat Wreck Chords. Canadian punks (and thepunksite favourites) The Flatliners have been confirmed as support for all shows.

Check out the full list of dates below.

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Tours: Lagwagon / The Flatliners / Western Addiction

LagwagonLagwagon has announced that they will be heading on tour this Spring with The Flatliners and Western Addiction.  Lagwagon will be supporting their latest album, Hang, released earlier this Fall on Fat Wreck Chords.

Full tour dates are below.

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Video: The Flatliners – Tail Feathers

The FlatlinersToronto’s Juno-nominated act The Flatliners have posted a new video for their single “Tail Feathers”; it can be seen below along with upcoming tour dates.

The song comes from their latest album, 2013’s Dead Language.

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Tours: Hot Water Music / Dave Hause / The Flatliners

Hot Water MusicHot Water Music has announced that they will be touring with Dave Hause and The Flatliners in November.  Hot Water Music last released Exister in 2012, while both The Flatliners released Dead Language and Dave Hause released Devouter in 2013.

Full tour dates can be found below.

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Tours: The Flatliners

The FlatlinersToronto’s Juno-nominated act The Flatliners have announced tour dates for the Fall.  The band continues to support their latest album, 2013’s Dead Language, available on Fat Wreck Chords.  Select dates include Teenage Kicks, Gob, Solids, and Single Mothers.

Tour dates are below.

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Video: Chris Cresswell (The Flatliners) – ‘Little Bones’

Chris-CresswellChris Cresswell, vocalist and guitarist for Canadian punk band ( and thepunksite.com favourites ) The Flatliners has posted a video recorded during his One Week Records sessions. One Week Records is a new venture from Lagwagon’s Joey Cape where he invites artists to stay at his home for one week and record music.

Check out the video for Little Bones below:

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Video: The Flatliners – Birds of England

The FlatlinersToronto’s Juno-nominated act The Flatliners have posted a new video for their single Birds of England; it can be seen below.

The song comes from their latest album, 2013’s Dead Language.

The band is about to hit the road with Direct Hit! and Junior Battles.

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Tours: The Flatliners / Junior Battles / Direct Hit!

The FlatlinersThe Flatliners are heading on tour with support from Junior Battles And Direct Hit!.  The band continues to support their fourth full length album, Dead Language, which was released last year on New Damage Records in Canada and Fat Wreck Chords in the US.

Full tour listings are below.

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The Flatliners

The Flatliners

Chris Cresswell

Fat Wreck Chords
By on November 26th, 2013 at Head of Steam, Newcastle upon Tyne

 

 

It’s been more than a busy year for The Flatliners. Following the release of their fourth full-length album Dead Language and their split with Make Do and Mend, the guys have been on the road extensively in 2013. I caught up with frontman Chris Cresswell a few hours before their show in Newcastle to have a lengthy chat about their new record, Fat Wreck and their favourite things about the UK. Read More…

The Flatliners – Wynford Bridge

The FlatlinersToronto’s punk rock juggernauts The Flatliners are streaming a new song.  The track is titled “Wynford Bridge” and comes from a new 7″ which was released earlier this week.  The band also recently released their fourth full length album, Dead Language, on New Damage Records in Canada and Fat Wreck Chords in the US.

Listen to the song here.

Tours: Off With Their Heads / The Flatliners / Sights & Sounds

Off With Their HeadsOff With Their Heads, The Flatliners and Sights & Sounds will be heading on tour in eastern Canada.

Tour dates can be found below.

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