The Flatliners (22 septembre 2005)
Dave et moi avons eu l’occasion de s’entretenir avec Chris, chanteur du groupe The Flatliners, lors de leur passage au Ska Is Dead III. Pour la millième (et certainement pas la dernière) fois, si vous ne vous êtes pas encore procuré Destroy To Create, leur premier album paru sur Stomp Records, vous passez à côté du meilleur nouveau band de 2005…
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[MATH] The Flatliners are part of the 2005 Ska Is Dead tour, first big tour for you guys. When people say that “ska is dead”, how do you feel about it, what are your thoughts on the current ska scene?
[CHRIS] In my opinion, the title is hilarious because it is so sarcastic. The current scene, I think, is not back as hardcore as it was. During the mid ‘90s there was this big explosion with bands like the Bosstones and all, and then, for some reason, they all blew up. I don’t know if it will ever be back to that, I hope it will ...but I doubt so. That being said, I got to admit that right now it’s pretty sweet, you have some really good band out there. The better thing about now is that its not quantity but quality. There’s fewer bands around as opposed to before, but they are way better.
[MATH] In your opinion who is the best ska band right now?
[CHRIS] I’d say Big D And The Kids Table. Their live shows are nuts and Dave McWane is one of the craziest guy I’ve ever seen live. I remember that one time where we played with them in Toronto and he jumped into John’s drum set, total Kurt Cobain style…(laughs) Seriously, we look up to those guys.
[MATH] Tell me a little bit more about the title you gave to your cd, Destroy To Create, and the intro that comes with it.
[CHRIS] The songs for our new record were written over a really long span of time but once we had it all together, we felt they were all in a really tight tone. There are a lot of political songs, but it was never meant to be a political album. We try to beg people to be socially aware, tell them that life is a lot scarier than what you watch on TV. When it came out we had feedback like “Wicked, you guys made a really good political punk album!” We took it as a compliment, but it wasn’t really intended that way... As for the name, Destroy To Create, we felt it just fitted. Destroy to create, that’s what everyone‘s doing anyway... There’s always gonna be destruction: With everything you throw away, everything you break, everything you burn, something new comes about somehow. That’s what the record is all about. It was just pretty much talking about the real world. Our friend Jordan put the art together for the album and we’re really pleased with it. It does fit the songs really well. When you listen to the album you really get the feeling that the art and the music are one... It all fits and the intro pretty much sums up everything. As for the rest of the album, you got to read the lyrics...
[MATH] We try to understand them but you sing just too damn fast...
[CHRIS] Really? We all write the music but I write the words. At the start, I always try to slow it down to have a good flow, a good vibe. Then when you speed it up, you add some energy and it tightens the whole song up...Sometimes it gets annoying when we’re playing live and I can’t breathe though... I’m working on that! (laughs)
[MATH] I think I haven’t seen singing that fast since Keabsey Nights actually…
[CHRIS] Wow, that’s a compliment... We get compared to The Suicide Machines a lot, Operation Ivy too... We grew up with these two ska-punk bands that were a little ahead of us at the time called The Heath Score and 5 Across The Eyes. They had a huge influence on us and their singing was always sooo fast...
[DAVE] As for your band, when and how did it all start?
[CHRIS] You mean all the madness? (laughs) We started to write some songs together by early spring of 2002, then we recorded a demo in August that year. We released it and started playing shows. On Wednesday night in Toronto we just celebrated the third anniversary of our first show together. We’ve been playing for three and a half years and made some cool friend along the way I guess... We still see some kids that were at our first gigs coming to the shows these days so that’s cool. We’ve met Matt from The Planet Smashers about a year and a half ago, we’ve played with them a few times and always kept in touch. Stomp pushes their bands so hard, we always loved everyone and the whole vibe in the label. We played in Calgary last month and Scott from Belvedere came to see us perform, I know they’re not even together anymore but he was like “Yeah, I just wanted to see you guys play”... It’s our first time on a record label and well…I’m just so stoked about it…
[DAVE] Did you record your album for Stomp Records or was it all done before?
[CHRIS] We recorded it last year with our manager Steve Risen. He’s got that basement in Brampton where there’s this wicked studio, the GTA, with couches and everything… The place is really cool and the result sounded so good... We put that version out on our own last fall. We started to talk to Matt a lot more at that point so we gave him a copy and he was like “Dude I want to put this in store” so we said, “Well...go ahead!”
[DAVE] Is it exactly the same version?
[CHRIS] The independent version has a live track on it. For the Stomp release, we wanted to take it off, no real reason behind it. When you all have studio recording and a live track, it kinda breaks the whole thing but we wanted to try both.
[DAVE] What’s coming up for you guys in the months ahead?
[CHRIS] Our album comes out in the United States on October 4th through Stomp Records so it’s gonna be available all across America, which is a great thing. We’ll just keep on touring, and we’re gonna record our new album next year, I dont want to promise anything about a due date, but we started to write new songs and were stoked with the results...
Si vous avez manqué le passage de The Flatliners a Montréal le week-end dernier, vous pourrez vous reprendre le 16 novembre prochain alors qu’ils assureront la première partie de Bad Religion au Metropolis. Le plus qu’excellent Destroy To Create est en vente au