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Inviting LightPressed On Colored Vinyl
Every now and then a band comes along and speaks to the hearts of adolescents everywhere, as the true voice of their community. In the punk rock community, The Flatliners are that band right now. Their anthemic punk rock classics quickly catapulted them to the top of the scene, and the bands who inspired them quickly became their peers. In an age when overnight internet sensations are an everyday occurrence, it's hard to find a band that's grown organically, using word of mouth and non-stop touring to win fans over one show at a time.
Since 2002, The Flatliners have been busy touring the world over with the likes of NOFX, Bad Religion, Pennywise and Hot Water Music, as well as multiple stints on the Vans Warped Tour. "Inviting Light" is the band's 5th full-length album and is easily the band's strongest material to date. "Inviting Light" includes 12 melodic, catchy songs that will stay stuck in your head for months to come. It's the band's most mature effort, as it leans more rock than punk, but it doesn't alienate the band's core audience. It showcases them at the top of their game, as true masters of their craft.1. Mammals
2. Hang My Head
3. Nicotine Lips
5. Human Party Trick
6. Unconditional Love
7. Burn Out Again
8. Infinite Wisdom
9. Sympathy Vote
10. Wedding Speech
11. Chameleon Skin
12. No Roads$18.99Colored Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Dead Language (Awaiting Repress)If you spent every minute, every penny of your adult life on the road, you might make a record like Dead Language.
There's something that happens when four people have been playing music together, day in and day out, for ten years. In every basement, every colossal concert hall, every small European nation that would have them, the same four people playing the same four instruments. A full decade of plane tickets and van repairs and hangovers and fast food. At some point, the interaction between instruments, between members, transcends the brotherly love of most touring bands and enters the terrifying realm of twin telepathy. The Flatliners aren't just four dudes banging out riffs five hundred miles from home every night. They're four dudes banging out riffs in the hallways of the Overlook Hotel just like the unsettling twin girls in the The Shining. You see what I'm getting at yet?
It's been three years since Cavalcade (2010), The Flatliners' most successful album to date. A behemoth of a record, it brought famous friends like A Wilhelm Scream and Dillinger Four into the fold for huge songs like "Shithawks" and "Bleed."
Which is why Dead Language is the perfect response - it's the brutally crisp sound of four people in a room, the sonic payoff of a decade of learning how to play as one fierce unit. Its strength doesn't come from racks of guitars or bass drops, but from its sparse precision. The band's songwriting chops are as honed as their playing, allowing them the freedom to bang out their point quickly ("Young Professionals") or take their time to make an impact ("Ashes Away").
The Flatliners' records have always been an accurate, honest portrait of where the band lived, from the youthful explosion of Destroy to Create (2005) to the nuance of blooming adulthood on The Great Awake (2007), Which is why Dead Language, the band's most direct and vital record to date, is the monument to the honesty of ten years in the trenches that it has to be.1. Resuscitation of the Year
2. Bury Me
3. Birds of England
4. Drown in Blood
5. Sew My Mouth Shut
6. Caskets Full
7. Ashes Away
9. Dead Hands
11. Tail Feathers
12. Young Professionals
13. Brilliant Resilience$15.99Vinyl LP - Sealed AWAITING REPRESS Buy Now
Cavalcade (Awaiting Repress)The twelve tracks on Cavalcade reflect the maturation The Flatliners have undergone over the past three years with intelligently crafted songs that still brandish the bands youthful passion and exuberance.1. The Calming Collection
2. Carry The Banner
4. Here Comes Treble
5. He Was a Jazzman
8. Filthy Habits
9. Liver Alone
10. Sleep Your Life Away
11. Count Your Bruises
12. New Years Resolutions$15.99Vinyl LP - Sealed AWAITING REPRESS Buy Now
Syndrome SyndromeSyndrome Syndrome is Gardland's debut fulllength album. Its timely release captures the
fever pitch of Gardland's off-kilter electronic
music at the tail end of the group's first year.
Assertive, though "elegantly wasted," as they describe it, Gardland is the laboriously
cracked energy exchange of alex murray and mark smith. The duo solidified the young
partnership during a psychedelic desert excursion far from their urban dwellings in
Sydney, Australia. Over a ten-day stretch, Murray and Smith recorded hardware based
wigouts with neither boundary nor fear of judgment from the godheads that loomed
ominously over the lysergic liturgy.
Gardland shared a swathe of this desert delirium as the first release via their newly
formed Hunter Gatherers label. With this gesture, they posed a new paradigm for
Sydney's sometimes-static social-musical consciousness by delivering uncompromising
electronic music rife with rigor and real-deal feel.
Syndrome Syndrome was written and recorded in a small room over a series of slavishly
inspired sessions. Living within earshot of each other, Murray and Smith bucked the
unconventional confab this comfort allows in favor of a workingman's deftness. In the
middle of this process, Gardland's primary synthesizers were stolen at a gig. Impervious
and industrious, the blank slate catalyzed their creative flow instead of stunting it,
eventually filling to the frame with the eleven uneasy pieces of Syndrome Syndrome.
If linearity in techno / house is the convention, Syndrome Syndrome avoids flat-lining in
its spiral and fractal formations. The beats here don't "drop", they appear erratically in
uncertain quantum logic. The harmonic architecture forms cavernous canopies in place
of metronomic melodies, while the convulsive human hand lays tonal tile that may or
may not crumble on contact.
Perhaps the most revelatory aspect to Murray and Smith's desert quest was their willing
submission to co-exist with disorder - to have and to stranglehold for better or for
worse. That transcendence only explains the psychosomatic palettes of Syndrome
Syndrome though. The distinct other-ness of Gardland's reach succeeds by laying waste
to compositional clichÉ, by mining the full contour and imperfections of electronic music
shapes, and by allowing ghost narratives back into aperture to cause chaos and a spot
of fun.LP 1
2. Syndrome Syndrome
4. One In None
5. Ode To Ode
6. Trepan Heke
2. Ride Wid Me
3. Success In Circuit
4. Nothing But Not Zero
5. Hell Flur$22.99Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now