I've lost count how many times I've seen The Flatliners over the years, but it's a lot. Whether they're headlining or opening for someone else they're always worth seeing and last night was no different. The band packed in a decent sized crowd into the Ellice Theatre and they kicked things off with "Meanwhile, In Hell..." before launching directly into "Carry the Banner" from 2010's Cavalcade. They don't talk much to the crowd, they don't have a crazy stage set-up and they don't do anything overly entertaining, but it works for them. All of their songs sound excellent live and they don't need anything extra to keep you interested. The crowd was pretty tame, but someone nearly cracked their head open the last time they headlined Winnipeg so that's probably the reason people didn't get as rowdy.
A lot of songs were from their latest record, but you won't see me complaining. It's held up over the last two years and it was the moment they truly lived up to their potential in my opinion. They ended their set with "He Was a Jazzman" and it was cool seeing "Monumental," "Shithawks," "Liver Alone," and "Count Your Bruises" make the cut alongside "Christ Punchers," which was on the Monumental 7-inch. "Eulogy," "Mother Teresa Chokeslams the World" and "Fred's Got Slacks" were some of the older tracks and at this point I've listed most of their set. They played for about 50 minutes so you can expect quite a few songs.
A bunch of Winnipeg bands opened the show and one of them was this metalcore band called Waster. If you like Cancer Bats, there's a chance you might like them. They're pretty heavy, they used to be called FAME and Daniel from Carpenter released their new record. Kids and Heroes reminded me of a cross between Blink-182 and Set Your Goals. I heard of them through our weekly Mailbox Listings and while I didn't review the record, I did listen to a few songs and was pretty stoked to see they recorded a cover of Wave's "California." That song was the jam back in grade 5 and I wish they played it, but I can't complain too much. A punk band called Asado was the first to play and I'm assuming other cities will see their local talent represented at their dates as well.