The Flatliners

Biography

The Flatliners’ career is a testament to perseverance and dedication. With a lineup that has never strayed from the original members who met as teenagers, the band has since logged countless miles on the road and amassed a dedicated legion of fans […]

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The Flatliners’ career is a testament to perseverance and dedication. With a lineup that has never strayed from the original members who met as teenagers, the band has since logged countless miles on the road and amassed a dedicated legion of fans along the way.

Now approaching 15 years of hammering out bombastic tunes everywhere from dive bars to festival stages to European concert halls, The Flatliners hold fast to the DIY punk-rock ethos that has been at the group’s core since the beginning. The band came out swinging with youthful exuberance on their debut record, Destroy To Create, in 2005, and they’ve honed their anthemic style with each subsequent release: The Great Awake in 2007, Cavalcade in 2010, Dead Language in 2013 and Division of Spoils in 2015.

But frenetic touring schedules and prolific recording output takes its toll, and The Flatliners decided to spend the majority of 2015 off the road to recharge and reconnect with friends and family. Striking a balance between home and road life is a difficult task, but frontman and guitarist Chris Cresswell concedes that it’s necessary.

“That’s what we’ve been in search of for probably the last seven years. We noticed it in ourselves, and that’s what we’re really striving for now,” he says. “We have a lot of people in our lives that are super supportive of what we do, and we’re supportive of each other.”

The band may have opted for more downtime, but there was still plenty going on behind the scenes. Early in 2015, the guys found themselves without the familiarity of the jam space they had inhabited for nearly a decade—four walls that had been the incubator for hundreds of songs and uninhibited creativity. Several months were spent renting rooms wherever they were available before the band was able to settle into a new space, but the group did their best not to let the upheaval hinder their burgeoning roster of new material. Borne out of that chaos was Nerves, a two-song EP released in October 2016 that also marked the band’s first recording on Dine Alone Records.

The recording serves as a taste of what eager fans can expect to hear on The Flatliners’ new album, Inviting Light, set to be released on April 7, 2017. The band has been working hard to refine its unmistakable style, ensuring they don’t lose sight of their roots while continuing to move forward.

Inviting Light is about trying to keep up with life around you but also wading through the potential bullshit of people thinking that a digital landscape is more important than their friends,” Cresswell explains. “It’s inevitable that you’re fighting for people’s attention now, whether you’re a band or an individual, and there’s not as much value placed on face-to-face human interaction as there is in elevating the profile.”

Meaningful interaction may be more difficult to achieve these days, but the group’s steadfast members continue to build on the enduring connection that brought them together all those years ago, celebrating one another’s personal milestones and weathering each new experience as a unit.

“It feels like we’re onto something,” Cresswell adds. “It’s exciting for a band to be 15 years into their existence and have this. It’s a refreshing thing.”

Members

  • Scott Brigham - Guitar & Vocals
  • Chris Cresswell - Vocals & Guitar
  • Jon Darbey - Bass & Vocals
  • Paul Ramirez - Drums

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Videos

“Hang My Head”

Shows

Date Location Venue Details  
April 29, 2017 Meerhout, Germany Groezrock Festival --
May 19, 2017 Montreal, QC Pouzza Fest Pouzza Fest (May 19 - 21)
May 25, 2017 Hamilton, ON Club Absinthe Dine Alone Presents... The Flatliners, The Dirty Nil and Sam Coffey & The Iron Lungs
May 26, 2017 London, ON Rum Runners Dine Alone Presents... The Flatliners, The Dirty Nil and Sam Coffey & The Iron Lungs
May 27, 2017 Howell, MI Bled Fest --
May 27, 2017 Howell, MI Heartland Performing Arts Center Complex BLED FEST
May 28, 2017 Minneapolis, MN Triple Rock Social Club Dine Alone Presents... The Flatliners, The Dirty Nil and Sam Coffey & The Iron Lungs
May 31, 2017 Regina, SK The Exchange Dine Alone Presents... The Flatliners, The Dirty Nil and Sam Coffey & The Iron Lungs
June 1, 2017 Calgary, AB Nite Owl Dine Alone Presents... The Flatliners, The Dirty Nil and Sam Coffey & The Iron Lungs
June 2, 2017 Kelowna, BC The Habitat Dine Alone Presents... The Flatliners, The Dirty Nil and Sam Coffey & The Iron Lungs
June 3, 2017 Vancouver, BC Venue Nightclub Dine Alone Presents... The Flatliners, The Dirty Nil and Sam Coffey & The Iron Lungs
June 4, 2017 Whistler, BC Garfinkels Dine Alone Presents... The Flatliners, The Dirty Nil and Sam Coffey & The Iron Lungs
June 7, 2017 Edmonton, AB Needle Vinyl Tavern Dine Alone Presents... The Flatliners, The Dirty Nil and Sam Coffey & The Iron Lungs
June 8, 2017 Saskatoon, SK Amigos Cantina Dine Alone Presents... The Flatliners, The Dirty Nil and Sam Coffey & The Iron Lungs
June 9, 2017 Winnipeg, MB Park Theatre Dine Alone Presents... The Flatliners, The Dirty Nil and Sam Coffey & The Iron Lungs
June 10, 2017 Thunder Bay, ON Crocks Dine Alone Presents... The Flatliners, The Dirty Nil and Sam Coffey & The Iron Lungs
June 12, 2017 Timmins, ON The Working Class Dine Alone Presents... The Flatliners, The Dirty Nil and Sam Coffey & The Iron Lungs
June 15, 2017 Waterloo, ON Maxwell's Concerts & Events Dine Alone Presents... The Flatliners, The Dirty Nil and Sam Coffey & The Iron Lungs
June 17, 2017 Toronto, ON Lee's Palace Dine Alone Presents... The Flatliners, The Dirty Nil and Sam Coffey & The Iron Lungs
July 21, 2017 Rimouski, QC Les Grandes Fetes Telus --
July 22, 2017 Saguenay, QC Festival des Bieres du Monde --