Sound Tracks: "Monumental" by The Flatliners
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Sound Tracks: “Monumental” by The Flatliners

Believe it or not, music videos still exist. Sound Tracks trolls the internet to find the best and the worst of local artists’ new singles and the good, bad, or otherwise noteworthy visuals that accompany them.

It’s possible The Flatliners haven’t stopped touring, well, ever, and especially not since their excellent new album Cavalcade was released in May. Back then we told you about how their rigorous road schedule had honed the band and the record; how infectious and huge and positive it was, and how much of a leap it was for them. Its second single, “Monumental,” though not quite like anything the band has done before, is possibly one of the record’s best examples of that.
A more mid-tempo slice of golden, gravelly guitar pop, “Monumental” is the part of the marathon car ride when you’re driving and the only one awake. The sun’s probably coming up and you’re probably exhausted, but feeling really happily reflective about everything that’s been crazy all around you. One of those…monumental moments. No? Well, maybe we watch too many movies.
What we’re trying to say is, like the album, the song has a weary, melancholic optimism to it. The video, directed by Jeff Powers (who was also DOP and got some stellar glass-breaking shots), is sort of the same, but with more underwear-clad girls (just one) who’s having an epiphany of sorts, too. Smash those beer bottles, girl. That’s right. Pack your shit and leave. Though The Flatliners do look cleaner and their beards less patchy than when they, uh, played homeless guys in their last video, who wants to share a house with a smelly bunch of dudes in a band, anyway?
Super bonus points to this awesome song for the ICQ-profile-quotable lines “Catching my breath now seems as useless as airplane conversations” and “You’ll always want to see as much of the sky as possible.”
Go see The Flatliners when they bring other awesome bands to Sneaky Dee’s on December 17 (19+) and 19 (all-ages).

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