Flatliners break bones in bars and tour with idols

The Flatliners By: Sheena Lyonnais
Photos: Pete Nema 
February 11, 2009

The Flatliners have a lot to celebrate.  The young ska/punk/reggae band have toured with icons NOFX, Rancid and Less Than Jake, won FU Awards for best new artist (2008) and hardest working band (2009) and landed a deal with Fat Wreck Chords.  About a month ago they were celebrating so hard,  drummer Paul Ramirez broke his foot in a drunken stupor.

“It actually happened in the bar in our hometown of Richmond Hill, our old watering hole,” Ramirez said. 

“He fell when he was running drunk and it was really embarrassing.  He said that he heard a pop when he fell but he didn’t want to tell anybody.  So he was sitting there drinking with a bag of ice for a while,” vocalist/guitarist Chris Cresswell piped in.

The Flatliners LiveLuckily everything should be all right before the band heads out on an American tour with Less Than Jake in March.  In April they’ll be heading to Japan for the first time to play the Punkspring Festival where they’ll be joining the likes of NOFX, Less Than Jake, Rise Against, the Hives and more.

“We’re really lucky guys.  We’ve grown up with all these bands being some of the first bands we got into and now we play with them, and get the chance to meet them.  You realize everyone is doing the same thing.  Everyone is just a dude in a band out to have a good time,” Cresswell said.  “We’ve been really lucky not to experience a lot of rock stardom bullshit too.  A lot of the bands we’ve toured with are very cool people and they just take care of you. It kind of fucks with your head a bit, but in a good way.  You’re like this is weird, but really cool.”

With two albums under their belt, 2005’s Destroy to Create (Stomp Records) and 2007’s The Great Awake (Fat Wreck Chords), it’s getting due time to release a third.  Having just had some time off, the band has been jamming and writing, working on new material for a release hoped to be recorded when they get back from tour and released before the end of the year.

The Flatliners Sound Acadamy“We write songs that we like and enjoy ourselves, and as our musical tastes change and evolve, it affects the way you write, but we’re still writing the same songs. If you play your instrument for a year straight every day, you find yourself being able to pull off stuff that you couldn’t before.  You push it more,” Cresswell said. 

The Flatliners have a few Ontario gigs left before they hit the road. They play Newmarket February 20 and Bolton February 27.   For more information on The Flatliners check out http://www.myspace.com/theflatlinerstoronto. 

Photos courtesy of www.petenema.com

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