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A brief chat with the Flatliners


Canadian punks the Flatliners play the Fat Tour alongside many of their Fat Wreck Chords label-mates at the Fillmore on August 20, so we chatted with Chris Cresswell.C

Yellow Scene: Dead Language came out in 2013 – any sign of a follow-up?

Chris Cresswell: We’ve been spending most of the year off the road, writing. There’s no real idea of when we’ll record it, but we’d like to put it out at some point in the next calendar year. We’re leaving a really wide open zone for that.

YS: Are you looking forward to the Fat Tour?

CC: No, not at all. It’s gonna be terrible. We almost didn’t do it because all these bands are just the worst bands. No, I’m psyched. We’re all so happy that we were asked to be a part of it. It’s gonna be killer. If 14-year-old me could see into the future and knew that this was in it, I don’t think he’d believe me. But 27-year-old me is just as excited.

YS: Do you like playing Colorado?

CC: Oh yeah. It’s such a beautiful place, and even the stuff that our band is into on the, umm, recreational tip, it’s more fun to come to now. It’s one of those spots that’s pretty isolated geographically speaking, so we don’t get to come around as often as we’d like, but whenever we do make it there it’s a time to remember.

YS: What can we expect from the set this time?

CC: We were actually jamming last night, trying to go over a set for the tour. It’s tough. We’ve got a half-hour slot, we have four records, and we have a b-sides record coming out, so we have a lot of songs to choose from. To be totally honest, it sounds like a cop-out answer, but I think we’re just gonna do a good mix of everything. We’re trying our best to not play the same set twice on this tour as well. There could be some surprises in there.

YS: When the Fat Tour is done, what’s next?

CC: We’re doing a few shows on the way home after the Fat Tour. I think a couple of them are with Masked Intruder. For the rest of the year, we’re focussing on that record. We’ll try to find time to write more songs, record them. We want to focus on that. We’ll take our time with it as we normally do, but we’ve been pretty hard at work at it, behind the scenes.

The Flatliners play with NOFX, Lagwagon, Strung Out, Masked Intruder, Bad Cop/Bad Cop, toyGuitar, and Swingin’ Utters on the Fat Tour at 2 p.m. on Thursday, August 20 at the Fillmore; 1510 Clarkson St., Denver; 303-837-0360; $42-$45.


Brett Calwood
Brett Callwood is an English journalist, copy writer, editor and author, currently living and working in Los Angeles. He is the music editor with the LA Weekly. He was previously a reporter at the Longmont Times-Call and Daily Camera, the music editor at the Detroit Metro Times and editor-in-chief at Yellow Scene magazine. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Brett_Callwood

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