Paper Covers Rock 09/27/07

The Flatliners

Anshuman Iddamsetty avoids the kids dressed in their oxycotton.

The Flatliners. In. Town. Snap!
Toronto punks The Flatliners will be in St. John’s this October to support their sophomore album The Great Awake (out now on Fat Wreck)!

Why am I so stoked? The Flatliners, for the uninitiated, broke into the Ontario scene in ‘05 with their killer debut album Destroy to Create (Stomp Records) – a modern take on ska punk (yes, ska) that went off so hard, it instantly crowned the dudes as the genre’s new torch bearers (Fact: outside of Op Ivy and Common Rider, I mostly, uh, hated ska.)

Now rumours abound that once they made the leap to Fat Mike’s label, they were ordered to tone down the ska and sound generally more Warp-friendly. I’m not a fan of this “Softer side of Sears” –style revision, as the new singles on their MySpace aren’t completely stellar, but rest assured these kids will still whip the pits into a frenzy, despite being guilty by association with Big Business Punk.™

The Flatliners will play two shows on Saturday, October 13 at Junctions (all ages show at 2 PM and a bar show at 10 PM. Tickets are $10 in advance or $15 at the door).

Swords to open floodgates with Oceans
Local metal dudes Swords will bring the thrash this October with a release party for their debut LP—Oceans. The Hessian four-piece, consisting of Adam Goodwin (vox/bass), Dave Strange (guitars), Damien Hicks (drums), and Adam Black (vocals), have put together a record that’s a slight departure for long time fans: Oceans is just one track – albeit one that goes on for 22 minutes.

The titular metal epic (think Mastodon or Isis) is roughly separated into three movements, and was originally a smaller piece that, according to Goodwin, took a life of its own: “Originally Oceans was only 10 minutes long and we played this version of the song for months. Eventually we all agreed to go and keep working on it and see what we can make of it. The (earliest version) of Oceans is now actually (sic) just the last 10 minutes.”

“…(The record) was sort of a test for us to see how we could push ourselves to think outside our usually writing process and come up with something a little different.”

And if that doesn’t isn’t enough, the LP will also feature cover art from Trouble Bound Studios’ own Dave Munro. Sick!

The Oceans LP release party goes down Friday, October 12 at Distortion (10:30 PM. Tickets are $5). For more information check out:

Quebec psych squad might play St. John’s
First Feist, now this: Recent Polaris Prize nominees The Besnard Lakes (could bodies of water be the next “Wolf”-trend?) might be bringing their hippy-dippy psych rock jams to St. John’s in the near future.

No official dates have been set, but based on a few forum posts made at, the Montreal sextet might drop down after playing the Halifax Pop Explosion in mid-October. Possible venues (The Ship?) and ticket prices are being tossed around a fair bit so don’t get too stoked—“tentative” doesn’t begin to describe this.