The Flatliners career is a testament to perseverance and dedication. With a lineup that has never strayed from the original
members who met as teenagers, the band has since logged countless miles on the road and amassed a dedicated legion of fans
along the way.
Now approaching 15 years of hammering out bombastic tunes everywhere from dive bars to festival stages to European concert
halls, The Flatliners hold fast to the DIY punk-rock ethos that has been at the bands core since its genesis. The band
came out swinging with youthful exuberance on their debut record, Destroy To Create, in 2005, and theyve honed their
anthemic style with each subsequent release: The Great Awake in 2007, Cavalcade in 2010, Dead Language in 2013 and Division
of Spoils in 2015.
But a frenetic touring schedule and prolific recording output takes its toll, and The Flatliners decided to spend the majority
of 2015 off the road to recharge and spend time with friends and family. Striking a balance between home and road life is
a difficult task, but frontman and guitarist Chris Cresswell concedes that its a necessary one.
Thats what weve been in search of for probably the last seven years. We noticed it in ourselves, and thats
what were really striving for now, he says. We have a lot of people in our lives that are super supportive
of what we do, and were supportive of each other.
The downtime has proved to be a beneficial move for the band, and despite them laying low there was still plenty going on
behind the scenes. Early on in 2015 the guys found themselves without the familiarity of the jam space they had inhabited
for nearly a decadefour walls that had been the incubator for hundreds of songs and uninhibited creativity. Several
months were spent renting rooms wherever they were available before the band was able to settle into a new space, but the
guys did their best not to let the upheaval hinder their burgeoning roster of new material. Borne out of that chaos was Nerves,
a two-song EP released on October 28, 2016. The recording, The Flatliners first on Dine Alone Records, features the
battlecry stomper Hang My Head and ever-so-slightly more subdued yet equally powerful Mud, both of
which Cresswell says are a taste of whats to come on The Flatliners forthcoming full length, due out sometime
Weve been working hard to refine what we do. Nerves is the appetizer, he explains. We definitely wanted
to lead with songs that sound like the band people know already but also give a good indication of where we might end up going.
The poignant tracks are connected in their examination of the state of human interactionor lack thereofin todays
Those two songs in particular are about trying to keep up with life around you but also wading through the potential
bullshit of people thinking that the internet is more important than their friends, Cresswell explains. Its
become a thing where its kind of inevitable that youre fighting for peoples attention now, whether youre
a band or an individual, and theres not as much value placed on face-to-face human interaction as there is in elevating
Nerves offers a satisfying stop-gap to satiate fans until The Flatliners release their next album, and it also serves as a
capstone for a year of newfound creativity. As the groups steadfast members reach milestones in their personal lives
and learn from each new experience they weather as a unit, Cresswell looks forward to what still lies ahead.
It feels like were onto something, and its exciting for a band to be 15 years into their existence and have
this. Its a refreshing thing.