The Flatliners discuss covering Tony Sly’s “Fireball”

The Flatliners have detailed a bit about their reasons for covering “Fireball” for the Tony Sly tribute album “The Songs of Tony Sly: A Tribute.” Here’s what they had to say:

It took us a long while to decide on a single song to record in tribute to Tony, due to the simple fact that his collection of hit songs is near-endless. In the end, we decided on Fireball because of its power. As Tony proved on 12-Song Program, this song can easily stand on its own as a one-guitar, one voice arrangement. All we set out to do with the song was make it louder. The power in the lyrics, the emotion in the performance, everything served as an incredible launching point for us, and we were luckily able to amplify that and get it to a point where it sounds more like a celebration than a cover song. It is certainly a tragic reason that all these bands are getting together to honour Tony and his music, but I’m sure there would be a smile on his face for being in such great company.

“The Songs of Tony Sly: A Tribute,” featuring covers of songs by No Use for a Name and Mr. Sly (who died a year ago) from NOFXBad ReligionStrung OutRise AgainstPennywise, The Gaslight Anthem and many others, was released on October 29th through Fat Wreck Chords.


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