Live Review: The Flatliners – The Croft, Bristol, June 2nd 2010

Following the release of their third full-length and potential record of the year, Cavalcade, Canada’s The Flatliners make a return to the UK and, this time round, we have the opportunity to catch them on the first date of the tour in Bristol.

There’s no denying it that the release of Cavalcade has finally brought The Flatliners some well-deserved attention, and that’s obvious tonight, as the gruff-punks are playing to a pretty much packed-out room, as they dish out one tasty set.

Full of youth and high-energy, they deliver a healthy dose of songs from their impressive back catalogue. New tunes from Cavalcade, including the fist-pumping punk anthems Here Comes Treble and Count Your Bruises are all welcomed additions, met with a room full of beer-in-the-air sing-a-longs.

For the first time, the quartet even perform their Cynics EP in its entirety – featuring Filthy Habits, This Song Is Like Thunder and Lightning in a Wide Open Field and 407 – proving to be a highlight, along with the likes of The Respirator and Eulogy all resulting in deafening responses, too. Not forgetting their ska-punk roots, the pulsating Fred’s Got Slacks sees the floor open up for a full-on and sweat-induced skank-a-thon.

The endearing charisma and gravely vocals of fresh-faced frontman Chris Cresswell are second to none, along with the top musicianship of those on stage with him. As always, it’s an incredibly tight performance, and an absolute joy to see this band finally gain some recognition that they so well deserve; the sky’s the limit.

Faye Turnbull.

Our new interview with The Flatliners will be posted very soon!

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