The Flatliners
Destroy To Create


4.5
superb

Review

by Spec USER (44 Reviews)
June 29th, 2010 | 18 replies


Release Date: 2005 | Tracklist

Review Summary: If you think there is no interesting ska-punk music anymore, you owe The Flatliners a listen.

The Flatliners are a punk rock band from Richmond Hill and Brampton, Ontario, Canada. They are currently signed to Fat Wreck Chords and Stomp Records (Canada).

For many, Ska-punk is their introductory into the punk music scene as it is just poppy enough to grab their attention, but still fast enough to feed their drive for a good old mosh pit. For others ska is the only genre close to punk music that they can tolerate for pretty much the same reason. The Flatliners full length debut "Destroy To Create" features a sound that could please both full out hardcore fans up to poppy ska loving fans.

Right away from the intro, you know the band is serious about the music they create; instead of relying on a joke-style horn section, the band relies on their tremendous energy and poetic lyrics. From the first few distorted power chords on "Fred's Got Slacks" the listener will realize that they are in for quite a punk rock ride. The lyrics are very well done and Chris says them so fast that you could put a simple 4/4 beat under them and pass the song off as rap.
I couldn't help but be impressed with the production quality which seems to be lacking in most punk music. It's produced well but still maintains that "Raw" almost "Live" feel to it.
If you aren't one for music you can't sing along to then not to worry, the songs are aided by a very likable chorus for the most part, holding snotty lyrics like "We're apathetic, we're so pathetic" and a crowd pleaser with "Hands up! Fists high!" The smart sarcasm dispayed in the lyrical work really separates the band from government hating punk kids that really know little about politics.

The middle of the album keeps things going strong such as “Bad News,” which tackles the subject of the negativity inherent in the media today. This song is far more mid-tempo and its verses are built around an upstroke rhythm but feature complimentary melancholic guitar parts which accent the gloomy atmosphere. Rounding out the song is a solid bassline, interesting drum fills and another winning chorus of, "Freight train headed for me and I can't see a thing, freight train headed for me, freight train of destruction like a punch in the face." Theres a hidden track at the albums conclusion which just shows the potential held by the vocalist as he sings over a somewhat simple guitar part.

Destroy to Create shows a young band full of energy and promise. They are able to craft unique songs with enough variation to keep the listener’s interest sustained without having to turn their back on their core sound completely. If you are a fan of ska-punk in the vein of the Code or the Suicide Machines or even just aggressive pissed off punk, you will not be disappointed with this release.

The Flatliners are:
Chris Cresswell (Guitar, Vocals)
Scott Brigham (Guitar)
Jon Darbey (Bass)
Paul Ramirez (drums)



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adhoc
June 29th 2010


216 Comments


Cool, will check this out.

TheSpirit
June 29th 2010


17884 Comments


why would you have it rated if you haven't heard it yet


Digging: Wreodan Heahl - Laecig

adhoc
June 29th 2010


216 Comments


Musical taste chart has waaay too much metalcore. just trying to even it out haha

Satellite
June 29th 2010


20818 Comments


What?

Good review. I prefer this over their more recent stuff.

Satellite
June 29th 2010


20818 Comments


A couple things, though...

"If you think theres no interesting ska-punk"

"Right away from the intro, you know the band is serious about the music they create instead of a lot of other ska bands that rely on the joking sound of a horn section and witty lyrics."

That should probably be re-worded a bit.
"The smart sarcasm dispayed in the lyrical work really separates the band from government hating punk kids that really know little about politics."

I don't really see how that's relevant. It seems like you're just going out of your way to express your disdain for that particular demographic.

Spec
June 29th 2010


27179 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

You're probably right, i'll make some changes!

ButcheredChildren
June 29th 2010


5591 Comments


these guys are from my area lol they did a show at my school for 500$, they headlined

mitch91
July 2nd 2010


409 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

I disagree, I think their new stuff is far superior to this. Cavalcade is my album of the year so far.

Spec
November 11th 2010


27179 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

No way man. Cavalcade has nothing on this.

Drunk
November 11th 2010


229 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Fucking rules

mitch91
November 14th 2010


409 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

The song-writing on Cavalcade is amazing. Listen to the B-sides, even they're brilliant. The songs on this are fairly basic and seem to merge into one, its ok, just nothing on their later stuff.

Spec
November 14th 2010


27179 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Definitely prefer the more "punk" sound on this one.

DoubtGin
January 26th 2011


6752 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

would like them to do something like this again; the new one doesn't appeal to me a lot

mallen-
January 26th 2011


1235 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I like the new album a lot, kinda interested in this though

Spec
February 9th 2011


27179 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Greetings Patron Saints and guilty faces
we welcome you to our horror show of an event
with open hearts and bloody grins
we sing the songs of times to come
and the ones we've grown to love!
Those in the way...BEWARE!
Before everything falls apart...CREATE!

Spec
January 27th 2012


27179 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

best album

DoubtGin
January 27th 2012


6752 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

best?

best

Spec
May 29th 2012


27179 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Not a huge fan of their newer stuff. This album makes for great speeding music.



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