If you’ve spent any time at all-ages punk shows in the last five years, chances are you’ve seen the Flatliners in action. Performing together since the tender age of fourteen, the band has made a name for themselves over the course of their six-year existence thanks to a tireless work ethic and the ability to write some catchy effing songs.
That effort comes to a head tonight at the Mod Club, as the band celebrates the release of their second full-length album, The Great Awake. In stores Tuesday, the record is light-years ahead of their already solid debut, the super-ska-punk Destroy To Create. But where some of Destroy’s songs had been written when the band was still in their mid-teens, The Great Awake finds a (only slightly) more mature band forging a more unique sound and finding a more powerful voice. For one, there’s a whole lot less ska goin’ on; from the first blast of guitar and pummeling rhythmic assault, it’s pretty clear that some Hot Water Music found it’s way into these boys’ CD collections, and all for the better.
Also joining in the fun will be Hostage Life, one of Hogtown’s finest punk exports and consistently amazing live performers; the Artist Life, who recently release a solid, Jawbreaker-inspired free online EP [.zip]; and A Wilhelm Scream, all the way from New Bedford Massachusetts. Now, Torontoist doesn’t believe in hyperbole, but it’s not entirely unreasonable to say that this band is probably one of the best bands on the entire planet. U2? More like U-who?! But seriously, they’re insanely good.
Since the Mod Club doesn’t like punk rock to get in the way of sexy dance parties, doors are at 5:30 p.m., so get there early if you care about your happiness.
Photo courtesy of The Flatliners.