Dine Alone (2016)
The Flatliners have been around for quite a few years, though it wasn't until somewhat recently that I began paying attention to them. It just so happened that I got to see them open up for Rocket From The Crypt one night in Chicago and right away I became a fan. Looking back, I still think it was something of an odd pairing, but The Flatliners were just so good live that I had to start looking into their records.
This two song 7" is one of the first handful of genuinely new releases the band has put out since converting me to a fan. I'm still not as familiar with their back catalog as a lot of people, but from the little I know about it, this feels like a departure. "Hang My Head" starts with the sort of impassioned growl that I'm used to from the band, but the song kind of gives way to more subdued side. The bouncy guitars and start/stop guitar riff in the verse is a toe tapper and gives way to a really nice chorus, but it still feels different from what I'm used to.
On the B side there's "Mud." This one is very much a lower key, mid tempo song that is missing some of the balls to the wall energy that I'm used to. Neither song is bad, if fact I'd argue that both are actually pretty good, but they're a bit different than what I was expecting. I'm curious to see what The Flatliners' next album holds. Is this 7" an indication of where the band is going or is it a pit stop getting some different ideas out before getting fast and loud again?
The Flatliners - Nerves 7":