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.
Check out the full roster below.

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Flatliners - Vancouver

The Flatliners / Together Pangea / Youth Decay

Live in Vancouver (06/16/16)

The Cobalt - Vancouver, BC




“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

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 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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The Flatliners - Dead Language

The Flatliners

Dead Language

Fat Wreck Chords / New Damage Records

Rating: 5/5




Arguably Canada’s finest musical export, The Flatliners are back with a record described by frontman Chris Cresswell as “a stripped back, on the road album. An album to show what they are as a band, a group of hardworking guys, a touring band.”

Initially, I was skeptical, I was anticipating overproduction because after all, this is a studio full-length, right? I was wrong.

It wasn’t until The Great Awake that I really sat up and started paying attention to The Flatliners; to me they were just another ska/punk rock revival band that would die out soon enough and take their random upstrokes here and there with them. Then with The Great Awake it was phased out, and one of my new favourite bands unfolded in front of me. I bought their albums, I went to their show with about 15 or so other people, I cracked a rib (no regrets), and most importantly I believed everything I was singing along to, everything I was screaming my lungs out about. Skip forward a couple of years, past Cavalcade and the extensive touring, and we’re here at the release of Dead Language, the band’s fourth full-length album which, if nothing else, will exceed expectations of fans around the globe.

Resuscitation of the Year kicks off Dead Language, and the title alone is profound in so many ways. A subtle dig at the somewhat sparse Punk Rock movement of mid-2013? Possibly. However, it’s probably more of a nod to the fans that have waited 3 long years between Cavalcade and Dead Language,letting us all know that it’s been worth the wait and that The Flatliners aren’t running out of steam anytime soon. The moody, blues-esque intro is deceptive, but once the track hits the minute mark it’s a completely different story as Cresswell and co. kick in (quite literally) with their fast-paced, throat tearing vocals and riffs that pack a punch so hard, it borders on assault.

Bury Me follows, and whilst the track’s name is oxymoronic to the album’s first, it means nothing other than a welcomed burst of energy that quickly takes Dead Language up another gear, before dropping dramatically with Birds of England, a heartfelt, stripped back track that’s not quite a ballad but proves that the band aren’t one trick ponies. The song is probably the cleanest the band will ever sound, and will ever want to be as anthemic chants ‘I’m never coming home’ ring out for everybody out there stuck alone, giving a glimmer of hope to the fucked over generation. It’s something I don’t doubt will work perfectly in a small, sweaty dive bar somewhere in the US in front of 50 people. Dead Language then goes on to prove that The Flatliners can churn out another Eulogy if they want to as Ashes Away pierces through every other track and gives you a moment to catch your breath.

Casket’s Full goes on to take on an opening riff that wouldn’t sound out of place on a Lawrence Arms record, and easily becomes the catchiest track on the album, and whilst a careful ear will hear Cresswell’s bleak narrative, what really stands out here is the musicianship of Scott Brigham, Jon Darbey and Paul Ramirez as individuals and musicians. Whilst they’re not exactly U2 or someone of similar stadium rock status, Casket’s Full seems to prove one thing only: that The Flatliners are far beyond three chord power punk riffs and instead have something bigger and better to offer, solid, fist-pumping anthems. No cliches, no filler tracks, no heavy production, no bullshit.

Granted, Chris Cresswell and co. aren’t going to change the world and more importantly, they’re not going to change punk rock, but then again they’ve never set out to do that. What you see is very much what you get; which is great, honest music. Their passion is something that can’t be molded, and it shines through in Dead Language. This isn’t just another sub-par record made by a group of guys that pretend they have problems to deal with just so they have some material, Dead Language is instead the perfect way for The Flatliners to say ‘this is who we are, this is what we do and you better listen up.’

Live Concert Review

Rancid, H20, The Flatliners

Live (Aug. 2nd, 2008)

The Kool Haus- Toronto, Ontario




Do you remember 1995? It was an interesting year. It started off crazy when OJ’s trial began live broadcasts on American daytime television, Ace of Base ruled the charts, Blondisma hair product shares sky rocketed from a frosted tips hair phenomenon, and Rancid released arguably the best punk rock album of all time And Out Come The Wolves.

So you are asking yourself what does a Rancid show review have to do with the inception of the OJ trial on American TV? Because friends the spirit of 95 was alive and well as Rancid played at least three quarters of the legendary A.O.C.T.W album. They shared the stage with New York Hardcore Heroes H2O, and Toronto’s Flatliners.

The first band to stoke the fire were Toronto’s Flatliners who came out glowing based on the fact they were opening up for H2O and Rancid. Vocalist Chris Cresswell had a little extra adrenaline surging all night as they ripped through songs off their Fat release The Great Awake. Opening for bands like Rancid can be tough, but they got a great reception from the home crowd and set the stage nicely for H2O.

Finally after seven years, H2O stepped out of the shadows and wasted no time starting off the show with Nothing to Prove’s first track ironically titled “1995” a song about lead vocalist Toby Morse’s dissatisfaction with the current state of affairs with the music industry as we know it today.

Toronto gave H2O a great welcome back and the energy transfer between the crowd and the band was fantastic. H2O played music from all their albums and even got a little bit heavy metal as they started playing the intro to Black Sabbath’s War Pigs. But in true H20 fashion Toby fused the lyrics to 5 Year Plan, which inevitably started a circle pit. They ended the night with my favorite song on the Nothing to Prove album What Happened?

Well it was now time for what every punk in the Kool Haus wanted. The curtain was pulled and the screen projected grainy profile pictures of each Rancid member. I love this. It is cool to watch the tension build up in the crowds face. Seconds later they took the stage and instantly broke into Ruby Soho.

It was a hot humid Southern Ontario August night, but Tim Armstrong still wore an over sized black trench coat and fedora. And like I said before they put a lot of emphasis on 1995’s seminal A.O.C.T.W.

Rancid proved to be no one trick pony though, and weren’t afraid to play Operation Ivy’s Knowledge. Tim Armstrong also played a song off his solo album Into Action, and other old school staples like I Wanna Riot, Adina, Nihilism, and many, many more.

Some highlights for me were Matt Freeman’s driving bass solo in Maxwell Murder that in my opinion make Les Claypool look like he is sailing in a sea of cheese! Frederiksen and his guitar performed a touching rendition of At the Wars End. I enjoyed the contrasty monochromatic images of Travis Bickle, Clint Eastwood in spaghetti westerns, and other images of war and history projected behind them on a big screen as they played and watching the intensity in Lars’s face when they played The Other side – a song about Frederiksen’s passed brother Robert; It was truly amazing.

When it was all over even the greasiest liberty Mow hawk hung like a weeping willow in the sweaty air of the Kool Haus. Rancid played an incredible show and proved they have earned their cornerstone in punk rock music. Their ability to seamlessly transition songs in a hardcore vein to a rootsy reggae chord, and carry on to a smooth melody can’t be matched.

“This is the only life I want to live in 1995!
I’m not coming home there’s nothing there for me.
Time flies, it goes by and then you realize
I’m not coming home, this is where I want to be”

I completely related to those lyrics after this show. Much like a smell can trigger a feeling or memory Rancid’s songs brought me back to a time in my life that means a lot to me. And that is to me what music should always be about.

Tours: Flatliners / Living With Lions (West Coast)

The FlatlinersFresh of the release of their new album, Dead Language, Toronto’s The Flatliners have announced a west coast North American headlining tour. The tour kicks of in Long Beach, CA on December 5th and wraps up in Calgary on December 14th. Joining them for the trek will be Vancouver’s Living With Lions. Tickets will go on sale on Friday September 20th at 10 am local time. Full tour details are below.

The Flatliners are also doing a special CD release show this Thursday September 19th at The Horseshoe Tavern in Toronto with Junior Battles, the Motorleague and Cunter.

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Live Concert Review

Mighty Mighty Bosstones, Teenage Bottlerocket, The Flatliners

Live (Aug. 23rd, 2010)

The Trocadero - Philadelphia, PA




The Mighty Mighty Bosstones made their return to Philadelphia after an eight-year absence on Monday, August 23rd. They were to play the prestigious Trocadero, right in the heart of Philly.

The Troc, as it is referred to by many, is an old theatre converted into a concert venue. It’s a small room with a balcony level, and two big points to complain about-the stage is way too high and the barricade is too far out from the stage. Sadly, this made it impossible for Dicky Barrett, the Bosstones’ vocalist, to pass the microphone out to the crowd during their songs.

The first band to hit the stage was the Flatliners, from Toronto. They played an energetic set of uptempo ska-punk. In their 35 minutes, they managed to vary their set up a lot. They included many new songs from Cavalcade, their 2010 release on Fat Wreck Chords. But they didn’t leave out their older material, also playing songs off their first full length, Destroy to Create. This reviewer, while not overly familiar with their material, really enjoyed their high-energy set. The Flatliners are definitely a band to look out for in the future.

Next up was another Fat Wreck band, Teenage Bottlerocket. If you’re a Ramones fan, this band is definitely for you. If you’re not[like this reviewer], they’re not. They’re very nice guys, but they sounded like a carbon copy of the Ramones, with a little more technical instrumentation. I did enjoy their first song, “Skate or Die,” which came from their Fat Wreck debut album, They Came From the Shadows, which was released in 2009. The highlight of their set was definitely when they called Chris from the Flatliners up to play guitar on a song, which their drummer sang. The song, apparently a cover, was about burritos. Brandon, their drummer, made an excellent front man, jumping all around the stage for his minute and a half to shine.

After a 40 minute set from Teenage Bottlerocket, the band got their gear off stage and the crew for the Mighty Mighty Bosstones started to set up. At 9:30PM, the lights went down and the band’s entrance music went on.

When the lights flared on, the band excitedly ran onto the stage to rousing cheers and applause, with Barrett getting the audience to scream before Joe Gittleman yelled “What are these noises!?” and the band kicked into their classic Dr. D from “More Noise & Other Distrubances.”

The Bosstones assaulted Philly with hit after hit, mixing new and old, classics and b-sides. Philly was treated to a few new songs off the band’s 2009 release, “Pin Points & Gin Joints”, such as Graffiti Worth Readingand Too Many Stars. The fans also got treated to cuts from deeper in the Bosstonescatalogue, such as Pictures to Prove It from 1994’s “Question the Answers” and Nevermind Me from their landmark 1997 “Let’s Face It”.

The band was in top form, with Barrett growling and belting out his lyrics with emotion unrivaled in the world of vocalists. The fans screamed back the words with that same fiery passion, especially on classic songs like Holy Smokeand Someday I Suppose. Ben Carr, the Bosstone, was all over the stage, dancing up a storm, sometimes with Barrett joining him in dancing. Trombonist Chris Rhodes was an entertaining figure to watch, as always, especially on You Gotta Go!,where he belted out the bridge in fine form, wailing and yelling in a style very different from the recorded version.

The band closed their main set with their hit The Impression That I Get, going right into their traditional end of show cover of Lights Out, originally by the Angry Samoans.
After a minute of the crowd enthusiastically chanting MIGHTY MIGHTY BOSS-TONES, the band took the stage for an encore, opening with A Pretty Sad Excuse, a 6 minute song found on the end of their most recent 2009 release. They followed it up with Devil’s Night Outthe title track off of their 1990 debut full-length, capping an epic return to Philly for the plaid boys of Boston, leaving the crowd wishing they’d come back and do one more.

Dr. D
Graffiti Worth Reading
Rascal King
You Gotta Go
Pictures to Prove It
Desmond Dekker
Nevermind Me
Someday I Suppose
Wasted Summers
Another Drinking Song
Sugar Free
The One With The Woes
Sad Silence
Royal Oil
Too Many Stars
Allow Them
Hell of a Hat
Na Na Na Na
Holy Smoke
Lights Out
A Pretty Sad Excuse
Devil’s Night Out