The Flatliners
The Great Awake



by SAvaGE888 USER (3 Reviews)
November 14th, 2007 | 10 replies

Release Date: 2007 | Tracklist

Review Summary: A by the numbers energetic punk release that is good while it lasts and is sure to please those into straight and fast punk music. The only downside is that the album could do with a few more unique songs.

The latest release from The Flatliners is appropriately titled as the fast explosive punk melodies will wake you up from the first track and won’t let up for another 35 min. This Canadian band is the newest addition on the fat wreck chords label. While I haven’t heard their 1st release Destroy To Create, it’s said to have more of a ska/reggae skew compared to the straight edged punk heard on this new release. While certain tracks do show a hint of their earlier roots it’s only expressed with subtle guitar and bass strumming rather than horns. I’m not quite sure why they pulled back on this style as it could have added some much needed depth to the album.
A greater change in style or pace also would have added a bit more variety to the tracks as it’s sometimes hard to tell when one ends and the next begins.

This isn’t necessarily a bad thing but most songs probably aren’t liable to leave you with a lasting impression apart from ‘Eulogy’ which is by far my favourite track and is definitely a 5 star song. There’s something about the chorus that really does it for me. It could be the passion or it could just be the ripping melody. Either way this track is the only one off the album that has been stuck in my head for a long time.

‘Mother Teresa Chokeslams The World’ and ‘These Words Are bullets’ also have standout choruses. The aggressive anthem of “we’re tired of waiting” and “we are the dead generation staring down the barrel of your gun” sum up the general theme on this album and kind of remind me of Rise Against’s earlier work.

The slowest song on the album ‘This Respirator’ has a cool relaxed vibe to it, while the subtle ska sounding bass line on ‘And The World Files For Chapter 11’ sounds similar to some of Operation Ivy’s work but with more aggressive guitar work. The catchy “Hey, Hey’s” thrown out in the background also make this song stand out a bit more than the other tracks.

The last track ‘KHTDR’ is the most unique due to the presence of horns and numerous switches between rock and ska styles. The induction of a large trombone breakdown in the middle of the songs pushes it to 7 minutes in length. Since it was still able to maintain my interest throughout it goes to show what these Canadians are capable of when they put their ska style to good use.

In summary ‘The New Wake’ is by the numbers energetic punk release that is good while it lasts and is sure to please those into straight and fast punk music. The absence of more memorable unique tracks is the only thing holding this album back from being excellent. Now I’ll have to check out their first release and see if its more pronounced ska sound can fully convert me to this band in the future.

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November 14th 2007


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I didn't like the songs that are posted on this site... the singer is kind of boring.

November 15th 2007


Band is alright. Reminds me of a ska version of Dillinger Four.

November 15th 2007


Album Rating: 3.5

Yeah sorry about the lack of paragraphs as I actually pasted it from my website and the spacing must have got lost somewhere along the line. Does anyone have any idea of how to edit a review after it has been posted, so i can fix it up?

November 15th 2007


Band is full of a bunch of douchebags and their music is average. To edit the review, go to your profile and it's on the left. Edit my reviews or some shit.

November 16th 2007


Album Rating: 3.5

Ha, didn't know about that they were douchbags but usually I don't pay attention to the personality of band members and i prefer to concentrate on their music. Anyway i found out how to edit it and break up the paragraphs so the review doesn't look as messy.

I agree that the singer is kind of boring and that is probably why all the songs blur together. I suppose you could also consider the music average so maybe it doesn't deserve an excellent rating.

February 4th 2008


There are no horns in their first album either. A ska band is not defined by its use of horns. It's up-stroak guitar that characterizes ska, especially punk ska, which often uses the traditional walking bass line as well, but not as often as earlier ska bands. So I wouldn't consider their style of playing bass and guitar a subtle ska influence. Though, I haven't heard this album in it's entirety, what I have heard doesn't even compare to their first album, which is absolutely amazin.This Message Edited On 02.04.08

February 4th 2008


Band is full of a bunch of douchebags and their music is average.

Their seems to be an abundance of douche ska bands coming out of Canada, including Ill Scarlett and Keeping Six (who suck the hardest).

This is a great example of a band losing its flare, first album absolutely killed with it quick pace ska but once they signed to FAT I had a feeling the next album would blow and be extremely generic.

February 29th 2008


I'm not a fan of illScarlett at all but they're not really douche bags, they are a lot of fun to party with.

April 7th 2011


Album Rating: 3.5

This is probably better than their new album. Nothing beats "Destroy To Create."

November 15th 2017


Album Rating: 4.0

havent listened in years, but this holds up decently. catchy tunes.

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