Toronto punks The Flatliners have announced the upcoming tour dates to celebrate the 10th anniversary of their classic sophomore LP The Great Awake. The Flatliners will be joined each night by A Wilhelm Scream, as they’ll be also be celebrating a ten year anniversary of their own, the quintessential Career Suicide. Each night both band’s will perform the albums in full, turning back the clock to a fertile time in both band’s history.
Frontman Chris Cresswell reflects, “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.”
He adds, “On this same weekend of shows in 2007, we were lucky enough to get a glimpse of some early mixes of their then-upcoming album Career Suicide. It was like being a told a secret you couldn’t wait to share with the world. Our minds were blown. We thought nothing would be better than to celebrate the 10th anniversary of both these albums together. So come see it live. Come see A Wilhelm Scream continue to embarrass us all these years later!”
Still comprised of the four original steadfast members, The Flatliners continue to build on the enduring connection that brought them together 15 years ago. A testament to perseverance and dedication, The Flatliners have logged countless miles on the road and amassed a dedicated legion of fans since the band’s inception. The Flatliners latest release Inviting Light is out now via Dine Alone Records. The album signifies a new chapter for the group who continue to hold fast to the DIY punk-rock ethos that has been at their core since the beginning.
11.29 – Baltimore, MD w. @ Sondstage Menzingers
11.30 – Long Island, NY @ Mulcahys w. Menzingers
12.1 – Asbury Park, NJ @ House of Independents w. Menzingers
12.2 – Asbury Pak, @ House of Independents NJ w. Menzingers
12.6 – London, ON @ London Music Hall w. A Wilhelm Scream
12.7 – Toronto, ON @ Opera House w. A Wilhelm Scream
12.8 – Ottawa, ON @ Brass Monkey w. A Wilhelm Scream
12.9 – Montreal, QC @ Club Soda w. A Wilhelm Scream
12.14 – Long Beach, CA @ Alex’s Bar w. A Wilhelm Scream
12.15 – Phoenix, AZ @ Marquee Theatre w. Descendents
12.16 – Las Vegas, NV @ Brooklyn Bowl w. Descendents
1.12 – Chicago, IL @ Cobra Lounge
1.13 – Pontiac, MI @ The Crofoot Ballroom w. Twin Peaks, PUP
About The Flatliners:
The Flatliners 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 Flatliners 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.”