I first got in touch with The Flatliners when they released The Great Awake via Fat Wreck and I was instantly in love with their sound. For some years, when somebody asked me to describe what modern punkrock means to me, I just told them to listen to The Flatliners.
The Great Awake is a great record, but Calvacade is a pure masterpiece. That mix of rough straight punkrock and melodic parts is just pure perfection to me.
Songs like Monumental or Count Your Bruises are still part of their live sets and I can still sing-along to them instantly.
To me the most outstanding song of that record always used to be He was a Jazzman. It’s starting slowly and getting faster and faster through every chorus and ends up in a very fast way.
A few years ago I did an interview with their singer Chris and I asked him about that song and found out that it is about his grandfather being very sick in hospital. He wrote nearly two years on that song and during the interview he told me that it’s maybe one of their most personal songs.
It don’t mean anything to me
We start to die when we begin to breathe
But I’ll keep scratching at your sympathy
– THE FLATLINERS – HE WAS A JAZZMAN
The Flatliners are touring Europe in spring 2020 and playing the entire Calvacade record including some festivals like Manchester Punk Fest and a clubshow at the Flex in Vienna.
– written by Martin
25.04 Glasgow, UK @ Stereo
26.04 Manchester, UK @ Manchester Punk Fest
28.04 Bristol, UK @ The Exchange
29.04 London, UK @ New Cross Inn
30.04 Amsterdam, NL @ Q Factory
01.05 Cologne, DE @ MTC
02.05 Munster, DE @ Uncle M Fest
04.05 Hamburg, DE @ Hafenklang
05.05 Berlin, DE @ Cassiopeia
06.05 Nuremberg, DE @ Desi
08.05 Vienna, AT @ Flex