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About The Flatliners
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 uninhabited 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 served as a taste of what eager fans could expect to hear on The Flatliners’ new album, Inviting Light, released on February 10, 2017. The band has been working hard to refine its unmistakably style, ensuring they don’t lose sight of their roots while continuing to move forward.
“First off, the light can be perceived as what’s bringing us, the band, into this next chapter of our lives,” Cresswell explains. “Trotting down the dark tunnel of punk tours towards the light. That would be the positive side: feeling like you’re working towards something and finally getting to the light.”
The poignant tracks tie into this idea through their honest interpretation of modern human interaction—or lack thereof—in today’s tech-obsessed society.
“‘Inviting light’ in that respect would be to the screen of a phone or laptop instead of interacting face-to-face with someone,” Cresswell explains. “That would be the negative side.”