Interview: The Flatliners

Straight off the stage, after playing Middlesbrough Music Live, Faye managed to grab Canadian punks The Flatliners for a catch up. They got talking all about the release of the critically acclaimed Cavalcade, Fat Mike taking them under his wing, their customs drama, and a lot more!

Faye: Can you introduce yourselves?
Chris: My name’s Chris, I play guitar and sing in The Flatliners.
Paul: I’m Paul, and I play drums.

Faye: How are you today on this rainy, dismal afternoon in Middlesbrough?
Paul: It’s a downer today with the rain.
Chris: Yeah, the show was still fun, though. We just ate dinner and it was really good. We showed up and we were playing the only outdoor stage, or one of only the outdoor stages, and it’s raining, but it worked out great. I didn’t get rained on at all. I feel good.

Faye: How did you find your set?
Chris: It was fun. Honestly, whenever we come to the UK and Europe and stuff, we usually headline, so we play for a long time, like an hour plus, but today we played like 35-minutes, it was awesome. We started a bit early, so we played for like 40-mins, but it’s so fun just to get up there and play, play, play. Like when we’re headlining we have to kill more time – like you saw the other night in Bristol, we were talking our heads off. So, yeah, I had a blast today. It was a good time. Other than the police beating up kids in the crowd.
Paul: The police wear stupid hats, too. Cops at home don’t wear stupid hats.

Faye: You were last over in September, can you give me a rundown of what you’ve been up to since then?
Chris: Tons. We finished recording Cavalcade, because at that point, last August/September, we had recorded 14-songs and when we got home, we jammed a bit. Then we went out on tour again with Strung Out and Dropkick Murphy’s for like two months, and then we came home in November, and Fat Mike came up to Toronto to work on songs with us for three days, and then we recorded four brand new songs after we did that with him for the record. The record took a while all-in-all to put together, but we’re really proud of how it turned out. I don’t think we’d ever do a record again the same way, in between tours, it’s kind of stressful. You kind of have two heads on all the time, like tour mode, and not even home mode, just like recording mode, it’s weird. We did it the way we had to do it with all the touring we’re doing, and it worked out great, we’re really happy with it.

Faye: You’ve been Europe for a few weeks now, haven’t you?
Chris: We’ve been here for almost a most. We have three shows left and we fly home on Thursday. It’s been really good.
Paul: The UK shows have been really good.
Chris: The funny thing for me about the UK, which is cool – well, for me – is that kids don’t want encores. It’s kind of cool, though, because I’ll play another song if kids want us to play another song, but there’s bands where no-one’s really asking for an encore and they’re like, “Alright, we’ll play one more song!” It’s just like, why? Only do it if your fans want you to do it.
Paul: Yeah, in Bristol everyone seemed satisfied, I was pretty cool with that. That was a hot show and now nobody can smoke inside, everyone just wants to go. [laughs]
Chris: The whole tour’s been cool, though. I don’t think we went anywhere new, so all the shows, we’ve been visiting places again for the second or third time, and the shows are getting better.
Paul: The shows in Germany were really good as well.

Faye: They seem to really like their music in Germany.
Chris: I remember when we got our dates for our first European tour and we were like, “Oh my God.”, because we were away for a month and almost two week’s worth was in Germany. They seem to be obsessed with English culture, like English-speaking culture, so everything from England and North America, it’s pretty weird, but it’s good for us.
Paul: The shows in Austria were really good, too.
Chris: The shows in Graz and Vienna, those were two of the best shows, probably.

Faye: Wasn’t there an issue with your CDs?
Paul: Yeah, our CDs got held up at customs in the Netherlands, so Bristol was the first show on the tour where we had CDs, we still had all our vinyl. We actually have a list of people we need to mail CDs to, they actually gave us money and we said we’d mail them before we get home, so tomorrow we’re going to a post office to package and mail them all off.
Chris: Those people were cool to trust us. I mean, we had download cards that we put in with our vinyl, so we gave them that for the time being, but it just sucked. Usually, we get all the merch printed in Europe and then we’ll bring all the CDs with us on the plane with all our luggage and stuff, but this time, we thought we’d have so many CDs, so we should just ship it ahead of time and the CDs got to the Netherlands two days before we did, but they were held in customs for so long. We were literally two weeks into the tour and we hadn’t heard anything yet. We were ready to pay for them to get out, then I think the day we were in Vienna, two of the six boxes were shipped home to Canada, so we got Fat to send us more CDs to Bristol. It was so annoying. Basically, we came to Europe to sell CDs and play new songs for kids, and we had no CDs. [laughs] So, it was kind of a bummer, but I guess that’s the way it goes. Fuck customs everywhere. Customs everywhere sucks, they’re such assholes.
Paul: Yeah, we lost a lot of CD sales. People already have the record and they want a physical copy of it, the artwork is really cool on it this time. It just sucks if someone really wants it and you’re like, “Yeah, we couldn’t bring it, we tried…”.
Chris: The good news is that we’re actually starting a European merch store, like online. We have one in Canada, but a lot of kids have written to us saying it’s so expensive when they want like a t-shirt, it’s like £30 for shipping and then you have to buy the shirt. It’s the same thing for kids in Germany and Austria as well, so we’re hoping to get CDs on there, too. We’ll be coming back soon enough, anyway – we don’t know exactly when, but it won’t be that long.

Faye: Do you think the release of Cavalcade has finally brought The Flatliners a bit of hype?
Chris: I guess so. I mean, things are definitely getting better for our band, we can’t complain.
Paul: Yeah, as long as you keep at it. If you give up, you give up, but look at all the bands who’ve been around for ages and they finally get recognition, like Strike Anywhere, they’ve been around forever and are becoming this iconic band. It takes a while, it doesn’t happen overnight, especially in this time of music.
Chris: If we were to stop touring altogether or do like one tour a year, like our band, I don’t think would be as known as we are now. I think that’s why a lot of people know our band, because we tour a lot and if they see us once, then there’s a good chance they’ll see us again pretty soon after. Don’t get me wrong, we’re really stoked about how things are going. It seems that with everything we put out, we reach more and more people, which isn’t the point, but it’s not a bad thing, I’d say it’s a good thing to accomplish. We’re happy with where we’re at. We still work really hard, we’re not on a tour bus or anything like that. I honestly figure that if we were a band like 10-years ago, we’d be making so much more money. [laughs] Because you look at all these bands, like the old school Fat and Epitaph bands – like The Bouncing Souls, NOFX, Pennywise, Bad Religion, they’ve all been around forever, but they did so much in the 90s, when music actually sold and people actually bought records. Don’t get me wrong, they toured their asses off and they wrote great songs, but I think that’s a big part of it, people actually bought their music. Those people can still survive off being a band and they’re awesome bands, so it’s amazing that all those bands are still around. There’s a lot of newer bands that are considered ‘punk’ – not even punk, but there’s a lot of newer bands that I don’t understand, and I’m not going to be like, “I like better music than you.”, I just don’t get a lot of newer bands. We still learn about awesome new bands all the time, especially in England and Europe, we’ve made really good friends with The Arteries, OK Pilot, Astpai from Austria. The support bands in the UK are always really cool.

Faye: Are you surprised by how well Cavalcade has been received?
Chris: I actually am, kind of.
Paul: The more and more press emails I receive, like reviews and stuff like that, and bigger magazines are starting to talk about it now. It’s not even the fact that they didn’t start talking about it in the first place, we’re just happy that more people are starting to listen and being excited about it. There wasn’t a big hype about it coming out, we just put it out and people were like, “Oh, it’s pretty good, I should show it to some other people.” That’s kind of cool, we’re not a band built up on hype – there’s no hype. [laughs]
Chris: The publicist at Fat Wreck Chords sends us all the reviews, she’s sends us the bad reviews too and we’ve only read like three bad reviews.
Paul: And the reviews that were bad, they weren’t awful. I don’t think we’ve had a horrible review or anything.
Chris: It’s funny, though, I’m kind of surprised because there was such a drastic change between Destroy To Create and The Great Awake, but that was only because we wrote most of Destroy To Create when we were 14-years-old, then we wrote The Great Awake when we were 18-years-old, so a lot changes. That’s when a human being changes the most, I think, from when you’re a young teenager to a young adult. You learn about who you are, what you want to do, it’s a big evolution of a step of life. So, I think we’ve progressed even more from The Great Awake to Cynics to Cavalcade, but when we listened to the album and we knew what songs were going to go on it, we were like, “Man, there’s some really heavy songs on it and there’s some really mellow, poppy songs on it.”, which was never the intention, it just happened. I wasn’t worried, but I thought, “Man, some kids might think we’re totally changing.”, but I don’t think we have, I think we’ve just gotten better, just progressed and evolved a bit. I’m pretty surprised no-one’s been like, “You guys got soft!” We’ve been really, really lucky to have that many people like it, because these days, it’s so easy to pick on a band or to write a band off, because there’s so many bands now and so many bands doing the same kind of thing. It’s weird, but we’re stoked. It’s going well. I believe that if you’re in a band and the newest thing isn’t the thing you’re most stoked about, you’ve fucked up so hard, you’re not enjoying it at all. If what you’ve did isn’t what you’re most stoked about then you did something wrong.

Faye: Are you leaving your ska roots? Because there’s only like one ska-ish kind of song on Cavalcade.
Paul: There were more songs that are ska that got cut from the record, not because they were ska, but there was just complications about whether the songs fit with the rest of the record. It’s not something we’ve wrote off just because we’re not a ska band anymore – we play jammy ska songs, we play really hard songs, we try to do everything.
Chris: We still love reggae and ska music. It’s was just weird looking back, it’s strange that every single song we wrote was almost a ska-punk song and when we started to write more punk songs, it wasn’t like, “Oh, let’s ditch that ska shit!” It wasn’t like that at all. I think we wrote a couple songs for The Great Awake that were more harder punk rock songs and were like, “Wow, we can actually write punk songs.” We don’t force ourselves, we allow ourselves to try this and that. I think that’s the beauty of being able to write together, we all listen to so many kinds of music and when we get together to write songs, you can never really tell what’s going to come out, and that’s the most exciting part about being in a band. So many bands put out the same album one million times in a row, it gets boring.

Faye: Kind of like Dead To Me as well, changing their sound with African Elephants.
Chris: That album’s amazing, so good. We actually are friends with those guys and we were hanging out with them around the time they didn’t even know what was to come of their band, I think. We didn’t get into it, because it was very personal thing, but I was worried that, that band wouldn’t survive with Jack leaving, some of them seemed unsure, I didn’t even know what was going on, but I’m so glad they’re still a band, because they’re so good and they work really hard, they really do. They’re honestly my favourite band that I’ve heard in the last five years, whenever their first record came out, not favourite punk band, they’re just my favourite band that I’ve gotten into in the last five years, for sure. They’re such a good band.

Faye: I read somewhere that Cavalcade isn’t a concept record, but there’s still running themes throughout.
Chris: It was kind of a fluke, to be honest, that we had toured and gone through so much, like we don’t need any money and we’re basically homeless people, we’re struggling all the time, and when we had all the songs laid out and started listening to them with the guys, we kind of saw there was a theme to it, but we didn’t set out to write it that way. It’s vaguely conceptual in the sense that it’s all about disconnected-ness in a way, like we’re here in England, doing what we want to do, having a good time, but we’re disconnected from people from home that we miss, friends, families, girlfriends and stuff. There’s good days, but then there’s bad days where it’s like, “Fuck, I have no money in England, I can’t eat.” Shit like that, all of the weird psychosis of being in a touring band and being away so much, and always being in transit, it really can wear you down, but not at all are we trying to complain about it, we’re just trying to explain it. We’re human beings too, it just happens, so I think the record has this weird, dark vibe to it, but it was never really intended to be like that. I’m just a downer, I guess. [laughs]

Faye: I also read there’s links to The Great Depression era.
Chris: Yeah, then we made the connection, when I was trying to make the song Carry The Banner, I was trying to draw a lot of similarities to what we do and what guys and women did in The Great Depression era, like they would just hope on trains illegally and travel the country to try to find work. I think punk bands are the only kind of bands that will somewhere, like 10 fucking times in a row, even if no-one shows up, they’ll go back to that same city, I think it’s only punk bands that do that. Hip-hop MCs won’t do that, they’ll only go to places where they’ll get booked in a huge place, big rock and roll bands, they won’t do that, or they’ll just play a shitty bar. With punk bands it’s non-stop, so we drew all these similarities and song kind of became the encompassing thought behind the entire record, I guess, which is where the artwork came from and stuff like that.

Faye: Isn’t there a bunch of guest vocals on Cavalcade too?
Chris: Yeah, we got really lucky.
Paul: Nuno from A Wilhelm Screams sings on Shithawks, that was cool and something we weren’t show would work out time-wise, but they have a studio at home, so we sent them the track to do vocals on it.
Chris: Cancer Bats came into the studio, they’re always on tour, so we talked to Liam to come in with the guys, to do group vocals and we had them do that when they were home for a little while, so almost all the group vocals you hear on the record are us and Cancer Bats together. Liam does a little lines on his own and stuff, which was rad, he’s got such a good voice, so we were stoked to have him involved. Dillinger Four came into the studio, they played Toronto early on when we were recording, and one of the only song we had finished was the song called Bleed, so we were like, “Shit, I guess they’ll have to sing on that one.” That was one of the only ones we had vocals for, so we basically traded them a ride to the airport, because they were flying home that day, and bottle of whiskey for them to sing on a song on our album, which ended up sounding awesome. We’re all huge fans, I have a Dillinger Four tattoo, we love that band so much, so it was really cool to have them in the studio to hang out with us, it was so, so awesome. We had some friends bands from Toronto do more gang vocals and stuff – Permanent Bastards, Junior Battles, we had our friends from The Snips play horns in He Was A Jazzman, then our friend Mich who plays in The Expos and Cavaliers, he came in to do some keys, like some organ and shit. It was fun to get all our friends involved. It was originally just going to be Nuno from A Wilhelm Scream then all these other people kind of just popped up, it was really cool.

Faye: Why do you always have random sound clips on your records?
Chris: Because it’s funny, they’re usually just inside jokes.
Paul: This time, actually, it came from a lot of Europe touring. There’s three clips on the record, two clips – the one that starts the record and one before Shithawks – are by a spoof rock band called Bad News, from a programme called The Comic Strip and we watched it in our British driver’s van, and it’s exactly like Spinal Tap, it’s just the British version and it’s fucking so funny.
Chris: It’s about this band that is so awful and they think they’re awesome, it’s such a mockumentary, in the sense that they catch themselves lying and making stuff up on film. It’s all actors, but it’s done in such a clever way.
Paul: It’s exactly like Spinal Tap, but I think it’s better, it’s funny.
Chris: The intro clip to the album, it’s the second part of the series where they’ve reunited after years of being broken up and they’re finally about to record their hit single, so they’re in the studio and shows the four of them in this wicked rock pose, in front of the mics, and then they say, “We are the four horsemen of the rock apocalypse.” and they bust into the song, and it’s such a bad song. [laughs] When we heard it the first time, we knew he had to use it.
Paul: People haven’t known where it’s come from, they’re like, “What is that?!” So, hopefully, we won’t get sued. [laughs]

Faye: You said that Fat Mike helped produced it, is he that involved with other Fat Wreck releases?
Chris: He’s not that involved. At first, when we got news from the label, they said we can record more songs and keep working on it during the Fall, but at that point we were ready to put it out, and the whole time they were saying, “We can put it out if you want to, but think about it, let us know.” So, in the end, we ended up working on it more and he offered a few times to come up, and work on some songs, if we wanted. I think at first, we kind of wanted to prove that we could do it on our own, and then after a while, it started to sink in that this guy really does give that much of a shit and spend his own money to come to Toronto to help and work with us. It worked out really well, it was cool. We definitely butted heads on some ideas, like anyone would, but it was really cool to have an objective opinion come into the room and work on these songs with us, because at that point, some of the songs were already a year old, so we were already so comfortable with how they were that we couldn’t really think outside the box and try to change it somehow. We grew up listening to NOFX, so signing to Fat was amazing, getting a tour with NOFX was incredible and then we had that, we were just like, “What the fuck?!” It was really cool and we really appreciated it.

Faye: Do you think he’s took you under his wing since you’re like the youngest band on Fat Wreck?
Chris: Yeah, he definitely has. He gave us a lot of great opportunities, he brought us on four tours, and now he’s doing it for bands like Teenage Bottlerocket and Cobra Skulls. They’re all great bands and he’s doing such a great thing. People are going to buy tickets to their shows, just because it’s NOFX, so he sees that and brings whatever bands that are on his label and give them an awesome shot. It’s the best thing, because imagine if we were signed to a label where we had no peers on and we didn’t like any of the bands on the label we’re on, that would suck, because most of the time, bands tour with labelmates. Who the fuck would we tour with if we were on like Hopeless Records?
Paul: There’s other Fat Wreck bands who brought us on tours like Less Than Jake, it sounds like I’m speaking out of my ass, but they really liked us. We got told that don’t be too bummed if they don’t remember you the second time we go on tour with them, but we were hanging on their bus every night.
Chris: Strung Out took us out and they were really cool, the only band to ever buy us a hotel room and dinner and stuff, that was cool. Mad Caddies, we’ve only played a few shows with them, but they were cool, and No Use For A Name. We’ve been lucky, we’ve been able to meet, and befriend even, some of the bands that really influenced us in punk rock while we were growing up. We’re like 22/23 and we’ve been at it for eight years, but we still feel really young compared to all these bands who we’ve toured with, because we always end up touring with these older, veteran bands, and they’re all so cool. They know what’s up, they’re not bullshitting, everyone gets on, we’re all there for the same reason. It’s like a really twisted family. It’s great, we’re so happy and proud of ourselves that we’ve accomplished all this. We’re just having a good time.

Faye: Speaking of Fat Mike, what did you think of his Cokie The Clown performance?
Paul: We were in Australia and everyone was asking us about it, and we watched the footage recently, it was funny. He didn’t piss off that many people other than the club.
Chris: And the people who allegedly drank his pee, but it’s since been announced that it wasn’t actually his piss, they switched the bottles. The thing I was most stoked about was when he was on stage, he was wearing a Flatliners hoodie. [laughs] It was funny, because we read a couple of articles of reviews of the show, and they would go into what stories he told and stuff like that, so while we were in Australia, a couple of people were asking us, “Those were such bullshit stories, right?” and we were like, “Nah.” Like he told us some of those stories when we were drunk on tour together, like the story about his mom, which was a heavy story to hear when you’re drunk with Fat Mike.
Paul: He likes dropping the bomb on people.
Chris: He does! That’s the thing, and you know what? When he told us that story, it was when they were writing Coaster, or they had written it and they were going to record it, and this is what he had told me when we were in San Francisco, was that over the course of a year or so, he would try out certain stories on people just to get a reaction and learn how to tell them properly. So, that’s what he had did and, apparently, a week before the Cokie The Clown set, he did the whole set for the Fat Wreck Chords staff and they were all like, “What the fuck?! What is this?!” Because he didn’t know what he was going to do for a while. I guess he always had the idea to do some weird set like that, about telling bummer stories, he just loves fucking with people. He loves getting under people’s skin, and he did, everyone’s talking about it. He pulled off what he wanted to pull off, for sure.
Paul: We were on the other side of the world and people were talking about it, and it puts NOFX back in the spotlight. They’re doing Leeds and Reading this year, they’re such an old band and it’s so hard to stay on the cusp of everything, but that was just another way to do it.
Chris: Instead of doing shows and putting out records, he did that. They’re still on the cutting edge of pissing people off and that’s what they’ve always been about. It was fucking hilarious. [laughs] We’re going to do the same thing, the next time we come to do the UK, we’re going to tell stories and literally just pee on the crowd, it’s going to be fun.

Faye: You’re doing a few dates on Warped Tour this summer, and last year there was a big commotion about it becoming a scene fest, with the likes of Millionaires and BrokeNCYDE, but it seems to have toned down a bit this year, with more punk bands.
Paul: We’re doing the first four days, then going home, then doing another nine or ten days, so we’ll probably be on the outside of it. It’s going to be a lot of work, we’re driving ourselves rather getting on a bus each night and sleeping until we get there. We’re looking forward to it, there’s a lot of our friends bands that are playing on it this year, The Riverboat Gamblers, The Swellers, Fake Problems, The Bouncing Souls are doing a bunch of dates we’re doing, Face To Face, Alkaline Trio. For all the shitty bands that are playing, there are a lot of cool bands that are playing, I think we’re going to have a good time either way.
Chris: It’s one of those things, it started off where it was a punk rock tour, but now it’s more music. Like we were saying before, back in the nineties, punk bands did really well, but these days, punk bands don’t really do that well, we’re not the predominant voice of alternative music. It’s bands like BrokeNCYDE and Millionaires and stuff like that. I can kind of understand why Warped Tour rely on some of those bands to bring out a lot of kids, he’s got to think about money for the production, it’s so expensive. It’s honestly a sad state of affairs sometimes, but it’s really true that punk bands don’t bring out that many people any more. You have this weird clash of those kind of bands, like the poppy bands and real punk bands and shit like that, the kids don’t get along, but I’m sure all those guys in all those bands, even if I don’t like the band, they’re probably good guys. We’ve been pretty lucky, all the bands we tour with, we’ve gotten along with 98%, even if we aren’t a big fan of their music. It’s pretty rare if we don’t get along with a band, it should be fine. Most of those bands, like the screamoish/poppy bands that are really big these days, like we’ve never heard of. We’re in a band and we like to think that we try to keep on the scene and stuff like that, but it’s just so surprising how many bands come out that are massive and I don’t know who they are – not say I’m some sort of music guru or anything at all.
Paul: Scott’s worked in a record store that’s just recently closed, but he’s worked in a record store for 8-years and if you asked him who BrokeNCYDE was, he wouldn’t know.
Chris: Yeah, it’s so strange, but that’s music these days, MySpace and the Internet, it’s such a huge help to bands.
Paul: In fact, in the booklet today with all the bands, for Millionaires, it was quoted that they had 40-million MySpace plays, that was one of their tributes. One kid could have sat there all day and listened to a song 1000 times, how do you gage that? There’s no way to gage how many people like your band anymore.
Chris: Labels sometimes these days – this doesn’t happen with us and Fat, because they’re really cool – but some labels are like, “Well, how many MySpace plays you got?” to bands. It’s really bizarre. Can you imagine our band and tours without the Internet? Our shows would be the worst. You’d have to walk around every city, pick up a poster or pick up a magazine or listen to the radio, and that’d be it. It’s so bizarre, but it’s really cool.

Faye: Is MySpace still all that useful for you nowadays?
Chris: Yeah, I mean, it’s all about Twitter and Facebook and all these other things that have popped up, but we still get plays, I don’t really keep on top, but every once in a while, I’ll wonder how many plays we’ve got. It’s usually when we put up a new song up and I’ll check it out. I don’t even know how many records we’ve sold, I don’t really care. [laughs] We don’t really give a shit. It doesn’t really matter, we just care about our shows.

Faye: What do you have planned after those Warped Tour dates?
Paul: Time off!
Chris: Yeah, we’re just going to chill. We’ve been on tour since the middle of February, so we’re going to chill for a little while – probably go on tour in the Fall.
Paul: I’m going to go to my cottage and I’m going to sleep for a while.
Chris: We’ll probably end up jamming and stuff, we don’t do much at home, we work a little bit here and there, but it’s not like we’re working 12-hour days. I wouldn’t be surprised if we started writing new songs, but it’d be a very slow process. We are going to be coming out with a 7” in the Fall, I don’t know when exactly, but sometime in the Fall and on Fat – it’s going to be one song off the album Cavalcade and two b-sides, September/October-ish. After this tour, we’re going to figure out our plans and we’re next coming back.

Faye: Are you playing The Fest this year?
Chris: Yeah, I think we play the Saturday, I could be wrong, this will be our fourth time. There’s so many good bands.
Paul: It’s a toss-up between The Fest and Groezrock for best festival ever. Two totally different fests, though. Groezrock is a huge production with big-name bands and The Fest is more like, “Ah, I’ve never heard of this band, I’m going to get shit-faced and check them out.”
Chris: It’s more like a casting call for every wicked, most underground band. There are some big bands that have played before like Less Than Jake, Bouncing Souls, I don’t consider them underground whatsoever, but usually it’s cool, smaller bands. Dillinger Four play every year, I think. None More Black did a reunion show last year, that was wicked. It’s always crazy too, because a lot of our friends bands are there too, it’s a non-stop booze cruise, like partying the whole weekend. We played last year on the Saturday at like 4pm and then Dead To Me played the exact same time, and we were both so gutted that we couldn’t watch each other. It was such a bummer, because we wanted to watch them, we hadn’t seen them as a three piece yet and they wanted to see us, we were so pissed, but they did a warehouse show that night, we were supposed to play it the next night, and it got shut down after their show, because some kid threw a brick through a cop’s car window and I went to their show, and I was like a little kid. I was so drunk too and I was so excited, I was like, “Oh my God, can you play this song? Can you guys play this song?” They played all the songs I asked them to play, it was wicked. It was so cool, I got so drunk and there’s video footage of me and Scott right behind Chicken the whole time, just so pissed singing along.

Faye: Change the record, who should we be listening to?
Chris: Cobra Skulls, that’s the only band you need to know.
Paul: OK Pilot just put out a new 10” recently.
Chris: Astpai are putting out a new record in a couple of months, they’re really good, and we just heard some new Arteries demos, they’re wicked, so good.
Paul: Junior Battles are working really hard from Toronto and Permanent Bastards.
Chris: Banner Pilot are really good and The Menzingers are awesome.
Paul: I think that sums it up.

Faye Turnbull.

Many thanks to The Flatliners, and for more information on the band, visit: www.myspace.com/theflatlinerstoronto

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