The Flatliners
Cavalcade


3.5
great

Review

by ZiggyPop USER (10 Reviews)
April 13th, 2010 | 20 replies


Release Date: 2010 | Tracklist

Review Summary: We still need something to rock out to.

The Flatliners were part of the ska/punk scene in the Greater Toronto Area that died a few years ago. The scene based around community centres, teenage promoters and upstrokes was home to a dozen or so active bands. Perhaps it was people growing out of ska, or too many problems finding venues, but shows happened less frequently and crowds dwindled. Ska was dead, and few bands were left standing – the most famous being illScarlett.

Signed to Fat Wreck Chords in their late teens, The Flatliners were one of the bands to meld into the skate punk scene. With The Great Awake The Flatliners all but abandoned the upstroke, releasing a record that fit the 'mature sophomore' cliche pretty much to a tee. While The Great Awake was a step forward for the band, the songwriting was weak in parts, at times with bare chord progressions seeming to bide time until the next hook. There were some great songs (see Eulogy and KHTDR), but the record was missing the tightness you can find on the latest Propaghandi disc to push their skate punk side, and lacked consistently good singing to support the softer moments.

Two-and-a-half years later comes Cavalcade, a record that builds off what they've done before – but now everything is better. The skate punk doesn't overstay its welcome, the softer parts are more interesting, and as a whole the album covers a lot of ground.

While 'Bleed' is pretty much pop-punk, 'The Calming Collection' is skate punk. The band uses every trick in the late-2000's punk playbook to create twelve solid and interesting tracks. The only real problem is that they don't fit together all that well.

On 'Monumental' these guys sound more like fellow GTA group Attack in Black than the ska/punk that they're known for. It's changes like these where you can really hear how this band has grown. Now in their early twenties the band has moved away from ska/punk, and it's probably for the best.

The Flatliners prove they can still push a reggae groove with 'He Was a Jazzman'. The layering of the bouncy and melodic guitar licks give this song some serious ass-shaking power, and Chris Cresswell holds his own singing with his familiar hoarse croon. This is a great song, especially listened to in context of a punk record like this. While The Great Awake's 'This Respirator' was similarly written, 'He Was a Jazzman' builds into something much more.

This record is fun, well-written, and is a great blend of punk (whatever that means) sounds. It may not push the genre in any way, but this familiar style is done right. I still need something to rock out to, and Cavalcade is perfect for that.



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mitch91 (4.5)
Cavalcade is the sound of a talented band consciously pushing themselves as far as they can go in te...


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mitch91
April 13th 2010


420 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I'm waiting for this in the post. I think the review could do with a bit more 'substance' if you know what i mean, it seems a bit short.

Spec
April 13th 2010


35512 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Where is this streaming?

EVedder27
April 13th 2010


6088 Comments


I was thinking about reviewing this, but every leak I thought I found was damaged somehow.

Spec
April 13th 2010


35512 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

For some reason all the leaks are missing track 9

Spec
April 13th 2010


35512 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I loved their first two full lenths, the ep was ok but honestly, if this is even poppier than the great awake I wont bother checking it out.

adhoc
April 13th 2010


216 Comments


Link to the stream please... I can't find it.

"good singing to support the ballads"
I dont recall any ballads on the great awake Lol, the songs had more emotion but definetly no ballads

mitch91
April 14th 2010


420 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Go to their punknews profile, its streaming on there. Its not really poppy, just catchy, ie you wouldn't call Strike Anywhere poppy but they're melodic.

ZiggyPop
April 14th 2010


92 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Right, ballad was a bad word choice, I shall edit that now

mitch91
April 28th 2010


420 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Got this a few days ago, been playing in non-stop. Its fantastic.

EVedder27
December 7th 2010


6088 Comments


really wish I checked this out earlier

SkankinJake
June 12th 2011


89 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Underrated band and album.



Might have been the best punk album of 2010 imo.

mitch91
June 12th 2011


420 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

It was my album of 2010 right up until I got End Measured Mile by Make Do and Mend- both albums are just amazing.

Crowe
July 24th 2011


434 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

Oh wow, this is like Strike Anywhere on fire. I love this.

mitch91
July 25th 2011


420 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I've got half of a review of this written, hopefully I'll get it done soon.

Spec
December 5th 2011


35512 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

So much fun live.

Kman418
February 15th 2013


13271 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Wow I didn't realize how few people on here have heard of these guys, sucks

BelchingSlime
December 5th 2016


105 Comments


I never meant quite what I saiddddd

StickFeit
January 29th 2017


969 Comments


This is great! first album in a long time I had this much fun with a record.

ramon.
Contributing Reviewer
April 23rd 2017


2552 Comments


yea this didn't get nearly enough love

MH18
April 30th 2018


446 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

yea this didn't get nearly enough love [2]



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