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10 Punk Songs to Kickstart Your Week (curated by DS contributor gunnar)

Ever wonder what the folks who run Dying Scene have been listening to lately?  We’re going to pretend you said “yes” to that question and feature a curated playlist from a different DS editor each week with the intent of exposing you to some new kickass punk bands.  This week’s playlist is brought to you by staffer gunnar.

You know, Spotify makes a good discover weekly playlist, but sometimes you want something a little more targeted to what you like. If you’re reading this you probably looking forward to this playlist, so hopefully it doesn’t disappoint.  I rather dislike Monday, just as a concept, so here are a few songs to help you push through your work week: check it out below.



DS Staff Picks- Gunnar’s Top Ten of 2017

Hey all you punks, here are my top ten albums from this past year. I’m new on the block here at Dying Scene and I’m sure this list is going to make you flustered, and wonder where [insert band name here] is on my list. Regardless, here is some great music that helped me through some tough transitions out of college, the loss of a close friend, and into my new life: you can find it below.



DS Staff Picks: Jay Stone’s Favorite Albums of 2017

Hey boys and girls, Jay Stone checking in with yet another year-end list. As has been the case every year I’ve done one of these exercises, I put way more than ten albums on my list this year, because honestly, cutting the list at ten leaves out too much awesome music. As you should also know, there’s a lot of awesome music that we don’t cover at Dying Scene, so I put some of that on the list as well. And if you scroll all the way down, there’s also a handy Spotify playlist that’ll keep you fired up for a couple hours. Check it all out below!



Brakrock Ecofest announces first names: Satanic Surfers, The Lillingtons, The Flatliners and more

With Groezrock skipping an edition this year, a lot of Belgian punks are still on their knees thanking the music gods for Brakrock Ecofest. The cosy little happening has really earned it spot amongst Europe’s leading punk summer festivals, with a line-up that keeps getting more impressive year after year.

For the 2018 edition Brakrock has already announced The Lillingtons, Satanic Surfers, The Flatliners, The Lawrence Arms, D.R.I, Voodoo Glow Skulls, Authority Zero, The Queers, Bad Cop/Bad Cop, Venerea, This Is A Standoff, The Bombpops, Mute and Adhesive… and there’s still 12 more names to follow!

Brakrock takes place on the 3rd and 4th of August 2018 in the beautiful town of Duffel. Head down below for a nice overview of the full line-up.



Hot Water Music’s Chris Wollard is taking a break

It’s not often I hear news about Hot Water Music that makes me sad, but this does. Chris Wollard is taking a break from the band for his own health. His statement is long and heartfelt, and you can read it in its entirety below.

Hot Water Music will continue their tour with The Flatliners‘ Chris Cresswell filling in for Wollard in Boston, Brooklyn and Philly from November 17-19 and Chris DeMakes of Less Than Jake handling Wollard duties in Brazil on December 2nd. The band are touring in support of their latest full-length, “Light It Up” which is their first album in 5 years. It was released on September 15th via Rise Records.



Full Set Video: The Flatliners play “The Great Awake” in its entirety at Fest 16

The Flatliners are currently on a 10th anniversary tour for their sophomore LP The Great Awake. You can check out a video of the band playing the full album live at Fest 16 in Gainesville below.

The Great Awake could be considered the band’s breakthrough album. It was their first release on Fat Wreck Chords, featuring the anthemic single “Eulogy”.



The Flatliners announce tour to celebrate 10 year anniversary of “The Great Awake”

The Flatliners have announced tour dates to celebrate the 10th anniversary of their classic sophomore LP “The Great Awake”. They will be joined each night by A Wilhelm Scream, who will also be celebrating the ten year anniversary since their release of Career Suicide”. Check out the dates below.

Frontman Chris Cresswell said:

“We can’t believe it, but it’s been 10 years since we released our album The Great Awake…All the way back then, we fired off a message to one of our favourite bands – A Wilhelm Scream – on MySpace (yes… MySpace…) asking them to join us for our record release shows. They obliged, and subsequently embarrassed us on stage every night with their incredible level of musicianship and overall presence. An inimitable friendship was born, and one that’s seen us play in over 10 countries together over the last 10 years, making a hell of a lot of memories along the way.”



The Flatliners launch new podcast “Carry The Banner”

Ontario punkers The Flatliners have announced the launch of a new podcast called “Carry The Banner”. You can find it on iTunes or Soundcloud.

Band member Chris Cresswell said:

“As a podcast lover, I’d be remiss if I let the opportunity of chatting with the great friends we’ve made through music and other endeavours pass me by as we trot the globe in the name of rock n roll. So I give you Carry The Banner – a podcast born from the idea that music, friendship, positivity, and a little bit of comedy will always make for great entertainment. I’m fired up to be able to share some great stories and insightful conversations with you all, and also just to see where this thing goes.”

The first two episode are out now and include guests from The Menzingers, Comeback Kid and Sights and Sounds.



Dying Scene Radio Special Edition – It’s Not Dead Fest

In this Special Edition of the new and improved Dying Scene Radio, the boys get out of the city and head out to sweltering San Bernardino, CA for the second annual It’s Not Dead Fest. We told the new hosts that if they came back empty handed, we’d cut their funding and whaddaya know?!? It worked!  Not only did they miraculously pull off an interview with the stalwarts of ska, Buck O Nine, they also managed to somehow dupe canadian pop punk phenoms The Flatliners into talking to them! So congrats, gentlemen! For your herculean efforts your existing budget of $0 will remain in place in perpetuity. Now, get back to work! And you dear listener, enjoy the fruits of their labor! Interviews, a fantastic playlist featuring some of the many incredible acts to play the festival and much, much more, below!



Grab a beer and a mic and get practicing! The Flatliners have announced a karaoke competition!

I spent the last 6 years living in Asia. I love the continent and i’m sure it won’t be long before I find myself back there. However, the one thing I do not miss is their passion for karaoke! So I’m glad I am not the one who has to sit through hours of punk fans belting out their best efforts for this one! Although i’m sure it would certainly be better than suffering through endless Asian love songs.

Anyway, The Flatliners have announced a karaoke competition; calling on fans to upload videos of themselves covering their song “Indoors” onto youtube. Winners will receive 2 show passes and a prize pack. There will be 3 winners which will be announced on September 8th. You can find more information on the band’s facebook page.

So get a few drinks in you (I find this usually helps with karaoke) and give it your best shot! You can download the instrumental version of the song here.



The Flatliners stream video for “Indoors”

Ontario punkers The Flatliners invite you to sing along with a karaoke themed video for their track, “Indoors”. Watch it below!

The track comes from the band’s latest album,  Inviting Light, released this past April on Rise Records.

The video, which certainly seems to feature Dan Hedaya (the litigator Dad from Clueless) as a crowd-favorite karaoke star, rocking out with a parade of regular folks taking their turns at the mic. If it ain’t him, don’t sue me. I love Clueless.



DS Photo Gallery: The Flatliners, Pkew Pkew Pkew, Garrett Dale and Dan Webb and The Spiders (Cambridge, MA)

If you’ve read any of the online comment sections surrounding the release of Inviting Light, the latest full-length from The Flatlinersyou’re no doubt aware that critics of the band feel they lost a couple miles (or is it kilometers?) per hour off their collective fastball. Let this be yet another lesson to you as to why it is never, ever a good idea to read the comments; let it be known that The Flats still slay.

As the northeastern US leg of their Inviting Light tour wound down, the band found themselves headlining a sold-out Sunday night show at the legendary Middle East nightclub in Cambridge, Massachusetts. The band kicked off their hour-plus set with “Mammals,” the slow burning lead track from Inviting Light, and seemed to have the capacity crowd hooked from the first notes. I’m not entirely certain if the band finds that reassuring, but I know that I do personally, given the amount of love I have for Inviting Light and the prevailing chatter about the band’s first non-Fat Wreck release in a decade. The quarters at upstairs at the Middle East are cramped and hot and sweaty when the venue is sold out, but the crowd was in high-energy motion by the time the crescendo built to the first chorus in “Mammals,” resulting in the first stage dive attempt of the night (albeit not an overly successful one).

The band tore through a seventeen-song main set that was pretty equally representative of their recent catalog, with four or five songs each from Inviting Light and it’s two immediate predecessors (2010’s Cavalcade and 2013’s Dead Language), though the two song encore consisting of “He Was A Jazzman” and “Shithawks” ultimately tipped the scales in Cavalcade‘s favor. Frontman Chris Cresswell’s voice sounds just as snarly and aggressive as ever when he wants it to, though he’s really pushed himself as a singer in more recent years. A lot of times in the live show of a rather dynamic band, you’ll find the bass player locked in to his spot at the drummer’s side allowing whoever is singing or playing guitar (or both) to roam and wander, both literally and musically. That’s not the case in The Flatliners, as the rhythm section of Paul Ramirez (drums) and Jon Darbey (bass) exhibit little in the way of interplay on stage yet remain more musically locked in the vast majority of their counterparts, making it look both infectiously fun and frustratingly easy in the process. Cresswell and lead guitarist Scott Brigham have grown immensely as guitar players over the years as their sonic palettes have expanded, and they too seem to bounce off each other in effortless, symbiotic ways. Much has been made of this being the year that not only do all the band’s members turn thirty (which boggles the mind) but the year that the band itself turns fifteen (which causes the mind to explode, Scanners-style), giving the band a well-earned reputation as valiant road warriors. If Sunday’s show — and specifically the crowd reaction — at the Middle East was any indication, they may actually just be hitting their stride now, which is a pretty inspiring thing.

Direct support on this entire tour was provided by Pkew Pkew Pkew and Red City Radio‘s Garrett Dale, the latter doing the solo troubadour thing. We’ve been big fans of the four handsome Torontonian Pkew fellas since their self-titled debut album was initially released a year ago on Royal Mountain Records a year ago, so news not only of their spot opening for the Flatliners but the more recent announcement of their having signed with SideOneDummy Records has made for pretty exciting times. The band’s live show is just as fun and high energy and handsome (did we mention handsome?) as their album is, and even though a lot of the songs might be straight-forward jams about hanging out and drinking beers, don’t let that fool you; these dudes can really, seriously play. There’s a camaraderie between not only the individual band’s members but really between all the members of this two-week East Coast jaunt, with the Flats, Pkew Pkew Pkew and Garrett Dale making frequent references to the good times they’ve been having on this trip. Dale is another classic example of not letting the occasionally straight-forward nature of the songwriting fool you; in the solo format, he’s got a gravelly voice that is full of the kind of heartbreaking soul guys like Chuck Ragan and Tom Waits have made their hallmarks, and it forces you to take notice whether he’s singing about lost love or seeing a dead body or, well, the devil’s weed.

Local support on this show came by way of Dan Webb and The Spiders.  DWaTS are one of those local bands that I’m sure most scenes might have that really should be bigger than they are. The four-piece rock-and-roll band plays hard and fast, a not-quite-punk-rock but also not-quite-90’s-alternative vibe that cuts across genres and makes them a perfect fit on a fairly wide range of bills, especially on one as varied as this particular show. One of these days, DWaTS…one of these days…

Check out our full photo gallery below. While you’re at it, the Flatties recently announced a set of West Coast tour dates around the US and Canada. They will be accompanied by The Smith Street Band, up until It’s Not Dead Fest. They are also adding a few dates to the end of July, in Canada, supporting Sum 41Check out all the dates here



The Flatliners announce tour dates with the Smith Street Band and Sum 41

Toronto’s Flatliners recently announced a set of West Coast tour dates around the US and Canada. They will be accompanied by The Smith Street Band, up until It’s Not Dead Fest. They are also adding a few dates to the end of July, in Canada, supporting Sum 41.

Check out all the dates below

The Flatliners put out their last album, Inviting Light, back on April 7th of this year via Rise Records.



DS Exclusive: Chris Cresswell on “Inviting Light,” leaving Fat Wreck Chords and more

Following on the heels of the widely-accepted shitstorm that was 2016, you most certainly don’t need a punk rock news website to break to you the fact that 2017 has been a bit of a weird year. In many ways, both nationally and globally, there seem to be a lot of previously uncharted waters being navigated socially, politically, environmentally, and on and on and on. Yet just because waters are uncharted doesn’t mean that they have to be inherently bad. Enter The Flatliners. Weird though it might be, the calendar turning to 2017 kicked off a series of fairly important milestones in the history of the long-running Canadian punk rock quartet. All four members turn thirty this year. The band itself turns fifteen, and their highly-regarded Fat Wreck Chords debut, The Great Awake, turns ten.

2017 also marked the release of the band’s fifth full-length album, Inviting Light, which as you’re probably well-enough aware by now, marks a bit of a departure for a couple noteworthy reasons: while it still contains its fair share of snarling, aggressive moments, is easily the most anthemic “rock-and-roll” album in the band’s catalog. IT also marks their first album on a new label, Rise Records, after a decade on pioneering punk rock label Fat Wreck Chords.

Dying Scene chatted over the phone with Flatliners frontman Chris Cresswell just before the band left for their current eastern US tour with new SideOneDummy signee Pkew Pkew Pkew and Red City Radio‘s Garrett Dale. Cresswell is honest and engaging, even over the telephone; his frequently digressing rapid fire delivery could fool one into believing he comes from Boston Irish stock (were it not for the fact that he’s charming and humble and self-aware and so obviously Canadian). Cresswell and his Flatliners brothers are very aware that this is a big year for them, and they’re very aware of what some of the grumblings on the message boards and comment sections of the internet might opine about their band’s recent direction. They also come across as okay with all of it. “I’m always curious what people think when we put something new out, for sure, and sometimes that’s difficult,” says Cresswell. He’s also well aware that, while paying attention to some of the critics is okay, there has to be a bit of a balance. “You can’t get caught up in what other people think, because if that were the case, bands would make the same record over and over again. Filmmakers would make the same movie over and over again. The arts would suffer if you always listened to your critics. It’s not a great idea to shut them out either, because it is nice to have that push to always be better no matter what you’re doing in life.”

Due in part to the landmark nature of this particular year within the band, Cresswell and company (the band’s lineup of Scott Brigham on lead guitar, Jon Darbey on bass and Paul Ramirez on drums remains unchanged for the duration) figured it was as good a time as any to mix things up. “You do the same thing for fifteen years as a band, and ten years with the same label, even if it’s all good, there’s a part of you that wonders if there’s something else you could try,” says Cresswell. He’s more than aware of how the move from Fat to Rise Records might look, particularly as Inviting Light has a bit of a different sound. None of those rumblings are true. This is 2017; it’s not about money, it’s not about their old label declining to put it out or their new label influencing their sound. It’s really just about branching out as a band. “When you grow up on fucking Fat Wreck Chords bands and then you become one and you are one for ten years and you reach a level of personal success and fulfillment that you never dreamed to be a reachable or realistic at all, it kind of inspires you to be like “this is cool…what do we do now?” and that kind of thing.

The band had fun — a lot of it — recording Inviting Light, and in spite of the extended space between albums (their last full length, Dead Language, was released four years ago) they actually recorded it fairly quickly, albeit in two separate chunks a year apart. Where Dead Language was recorded live in studio using only the band’s road gear, the Inviting Light sessions saw the band change things up in that avenue too. Drums and bass were still recorded live because, well, because that’s how Jon and Paul seem to groove the best. They initially “played everything live but we just kept the bass and drums, and when Paul and Jon lock up, it’s insane. It’s incredible. In the two sessions we did which were essentially a year apart, they did twenty songs in like four days!” When it came time to record guitars and vocals, however Cresswell and Brigham holed up in a new studio with new producers Peter Pablo and Derek Hoffman and got experimental, playing with tones and textures until dialing working sounds in and ripping through final takes.

The result, as you know by now, is different; more major chords, more melodic, more straight-forward, a little more dare-we-say optimistic, especially when compared to Dead Language. As you might imagine, there’s a reason for that. Says Cresswell: “Before this record, I was in a pretty shit place. If you listened to or read any of the lyrics to Dead Language, it’s pretty fucking bleak, and that’s why that record is so angry and has such heavy elements to it. I was going through a heavy time on a personal level. Nothing dangerous, but I was having a really hard time being away all the time.

Lyrically speaking, Cresswell has tended to paint a bit of an admittedly bleak picture. Even as a native of the Toronto area, living as a socially-aware human in the wake of last year’s US Presidential election has been bleak in-and-of itself. “There’s a lot of evil in the world, especially with what’s happened over the last couple years on a global scale.” We’ve all seen the think-pieces on how the age of Trump will at least inspire some good, angry punk rock, and we’ve already started to see aggressive, confrontational “punk” rock albums come out and tackle those issues head on. Though this may be counter-intuitive to a stereotypical punk rock ethic, maybe there are ways to attack the issue that are less in-your-face. Cresswell offers that maybe his band’s way of trying to focus on the light at the end of the tunnel — hence Inviting Light — can help some people through a bullshit time, though he acknowledges with a self-deprecating laugh how “super fucking noble” that concept sounds. “If you can be, even to a small population of people, somebody who can help them through a tough time, that’s sick! That’s what music did for me when I was a kid and it still does it for me today!

Reflecting on being away for weeks or months at a time has been an ongoing thing as Cresswell and the Flatliners round the corner on 30 years old, particularly when you’re as inward thinking as the frontman is. Any potential ego trips are balanced — and probably eliminated — by what Cresswell calls a “rabbit hole of a self-imposed guilt trip that’s usually at play in a lot of folks who tour a lot because it is a pretty self-serving thing that we do!” The older the band gets, the older their respective family members and close friendships get, meaning additional priorities and perspectives become factored into the increasingly difficult equation. Still, especially in the punk world, the pull of the road doesn’t go away just because you’re no longer in your twenties. “There’s this insatiable desire in us to just hit the road. For instance, if you play Chicago and no one fucking comes, you’re going to go back like three months later and play there again. Punk bands are the only bands that will keep going back and playing even if no one fucking comes out, because it’s just about the experiences of the road, and being away, and the story and just fucking living in a van for real!

While the runs might get a little shorter or more spread out, hitting the road is still very much what this whole thing is about for Cresswell and The Flatliners. So far, 2017 has seen the band already complete tours of Canada with bands like The Dirty Nil and, of course, Weezer, and Europe with their longtime buds in The Menzingers. The aforementioned tour with Pkew Pkew Pkew and Garrett Dale showcases just how varied the bands that fall under the umbrella of punk rock have become, in an inspiring way. Changes in the music industry landscape have equated to differing changes, and like many of us, Cresswell knows that when it comes to one band’s sound or one person’s musical interests, “your brain musically doesn’t have to stay in one lane. You can be into whatever you want to be into. I know today there’s a lot of pressure and social anxiety is through the roof and there’s a reason for it. Day to day, it can be a tough world to live in for a lot of people, you know? But where you should be able to find solitude is in the music you’re into if you’re a music fan. You shouldn’t have to worry about what other people think.”

Check out our full conversation below. There’s a lot of other ground covered, particularly surrounding the band’s decision to leave Fat Wreck Chords – and the yearlong process of actually leaving: “It felt like a break-up, man. It was so sad… I’m just happy that we were able to go about it in a way that everybody is still friends. There’s no bad blood fucking whatsoever.” Check out all of the Flatliners upcoming tour dates here.



The Flatliners announce east coast tour with PKEW PKEW PKEW and Garret Dale (Red City Radio)

Toronto’s The Flatliners recently announced a set of East Coast tour dates around the US. They will be accompanied by fellow Toronto punks PKEW PKEW PKEW and Oklahoma City’s Garret Dale (Red City Radio). The tour will begin in Buffalo NY on July 7th and will come to its end in Philadelphia, PA on July 17th.

You can view a full list of dates and locations below.