The Flatliners’ New Ruin is a shot of adrenaline from a band striking out at outdated institutions and ideologies via pointed lyrics and their heaviest songs to date, attacking each with a ferocity that will surprise even longtime fans.
Meaningful interaction may be more difficult to achieve these days, but the Flatliners' steadfast members continue to build on the enduring connection that brought them together all those years ago, celebrating one another’s personal milestones and weathering each new experience as a unit. From the monstrously discordant hits that open the album through the de facto thesis statement of “Heirloom,” it’s clear that the Flatliners are angry in a way we’ve never heard before.
“It feels like we’re onto something,” lead vocalist, Chris Cresswell adds. “It’s exciting for a band to be 15 years into their existence and have this. It’s a refreshing thing.”
The Flatliners’ career is a testament to perseverance and dedication. With a lineup that has never strayed from the original members who met as teenagers, the band has since logged countless miles on the road and amassed a dedicated legion of fans along the way. After more than 15 years of hammering out bombastic tunes everywhere from dive bars to festival stages to European concert halls, the Flatliners hold fast to the DIY punk-rock ethos that has been at the group’s core since the beginning. The band came out swinging with youthful exuberance on their debut record, Destroy To Create, in 2005, and they’ve honed their anthemic style with each subsequent release.
Cresswell sums it up with, “Returning to FAT for the release of our new album New Ruin is like the family reunion you actually want to attend; the reboot we can all get behind. It just feels like home to us.”