Review: The Flatliners – Division of Spoils

National Music Reviews


The Flatliners
Division Of Spoils

Fat Wreck Chords
Street: 08.07
The Flatliners = Lagwagon + No Use for A Name + The Mighty Mighty Bosstones

The Flatliners have easily become one of the most notable punk bands of the 21st Century. They started off as a grimy, tooth-and-nail ska-punk band, and over the course of 13 years—without losing their edge—they’ve transformed transformed their sound into their own blend of harmonious punk rock. This compilation contains over 20 songs, including B-sides, rarities, unreleased demos and four brand-new tracks, which are all so amazing that it all plays like any other Flatliners album. On the surface, Division of Spoils looks like a compilation of lesser- or unknown tracks, but it is more than just that—listening to it is like looking at the band’s evolution in retrospect and pointing out their greatest moments that have, until now, gone unnoticed. Anyone who loves The Flatliners will thoroughly enjoy this compilation, and anyone who hasn’t heard them: This is a great place to start.

Eric U. Norris