The Flatliners with Pup, Such Gold, Dirty Nil

The Flatliners

Punk rock used to be about haggard road warriors. Before all the breakdowns and flat irons, there were busted transmissions and collect calls home. The Flatliners grew up believing in the later and rejecting the former, and after seven years playing together, they're unleashing Cavalcade, their third full-length record and an epic sonic testament to the life they've chosen.

Over the last four years, the Flatliners have spent almost thirty months in vans, dive bars, and concert halls across North America, Europe, and Japan, building up a dedicated following with a sound that mixes the endless fury of '90s skate punk with the nuanced, intelligent songwriting of classic post-punks like the Replacements and Hot Water Music. After releasing the ska-punk tinged Destroy to Create (Union Label Group) in 2005, the band evolved into a harsh melodic machine with 2007's The Great Awake (Fat Wreck Chords), completing their transition into a vital modern punk unit with the Cynics 7" (Fat Wreck Chords) in late 2009.

For Cavalcade, the Flatliners once again teamed up with long-time producer and friend Steve Rizun, recording sporadically between tours in their hometown of Toronto over the course of 2009. Seeking to immortalize the last year of their lives on the road, the end result is easily the band's finest hour; from the thrashy immediacy of "The Calming Collection" to the dub-influenced "He Was A Jazzman", it's the sound of a band hitting their stride musically and finding their voice lyrically, exploring the idea of unity through disconnectedness, of positivity in uncertain times. Driving home the theme are the numerous guest appearances on the record: members of Cancer Bats, A Wilhelm Scream, Dillinger Four, The Snips, Junior Battles, Permanent Bastards, and the Expos all contributed to Cavalcade. Add to that the presence of veteran punk Fat Mike, who flew up to jam with the band in November of 2009, earning an additional production credit and making one of the band's childhood dreams come true.

They've grown up on record and in front of a crowd of like-minded punks. They've made sacrifices to keep the wheels of their van on the road, and Cavalcade is the reward. It really is, as the band says, "a call to arms to all who travel throughout the world on the wings of their creativity."

The Dirty Nil

The Dirty Nil play rock and roll. Loud, distorted, and out of control, they play like it's a fever they're trying to sweat out. Reveling in the din of distorted guitars, pounding drums, and desperately howled vocals, the Hamilton Ontario three-piece makes music for turntables and hi-fi's - music for dive bars and house parties - for beer drinking and joint smoking - for road trips and barbecues - for fighting and yelling and shouting and singing and screaming and howling - for sweating and bleeding - trying and failing and trying again anyways. Gravel-in-your guts, spit-in-your-eye, staggering, bloodthirsty rock and roll. They have two 7"s available that capture the snarl and destructive noise they create. The Dirty Nil play rock and roll - cause they couldn't do a damn thing else if they tried.

Such Gold is about sing-a-longs/gang chants, DIY house shows, pile-ons, rad friends, fast-beats, touring, and having good times with good people.

Come share a garbage plate and a Genny with us.

As of lately, Toronto has been the breeding grounds for some of the best punk rock bands around. The scene is both a blessing and a curse. There seem to be 1,000+ loud rock bands in this city vying for attention, but when you are able to cut through the static, everyone seems to take notice. This is the case for Toronto four-piece, PUP.

What sets PUP apart in this booming scene is their ability to fuse raw punk energy with catchy earworms, big hooks, and scream-along choruses. Their songs are loud and fast, equal parts unchecked energy and calculated arrangements, with hair-pin turns, raging guitar riffs, and an overload of gang vocals.

Live, the band brings it full-throttled, every single show. They've gained a reputation for their sweaty, raucous, no-holds-barred live set. They play loud. Like really fucking loud. And every time they get on stage, you can be certain they're gonna play their guts out – house party, dive bar, festival stage, it doesn't matter. That's why AUX recently called them "One of Toronto's best live bands" and Grid T.O. named them their "Ones To Watch" for September.

In their short two years as a band, PUP has never stopped to catch their breath. It's been two years of tireless gigging, sleeping on couches, eating vegetable soup, nose-to-the-grindstone, eating/sleeping/breathing music. Two years of awesome tours, shitty tours, shows with Sloan, Titus Andronicus, Tokyo Police Club, Single Mothers, and a million shows with bands you've never heard of and probably will never hear of.

And now, at last, a full-length album, set to be released October 8th. The album was recorded by legendary producer Dave Schiffman (Weezer, The Bronx, Vampire Weekend, Rage Against The Machine), and will be available from Royal Mountain Records.

Of the recording process, frontman Stefan Babcock says "We wanted to make an album that captured what we do live. We recorded mostly live off the floor and there are a lot of mistakes on the album, but they're real and awesome, and it sounds like us, playing our songs. That's all I've ever wanted out of a punk rock record."

The first single, "Reservoir", has already been making its rounds, debuting at #1 on the CBC R3-30 charts, and catching the attention of Fucked Up and Billy Talent who both handpicked the band to open for them this fall. They'll also be heading out for a major national tour, supporting label-mates Hollerado.

Those bands know what so many others are about to find out: PUP is more than just another loud Toronto rock band. Go hear it/see it for yourself.

PUP is: Stefan Babcock, Nestor Chumak, Steve Sladkowski, and Zack Mykula.

"It's a tricky balance between aggression and pop, and they get it just right" - Stereogum "BAND TO WATCH"

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