Episode 40 - Chris Cresswell (The Flatliners)
This week on the show Damian sits down with someone living out his teenage fantasy. Damian is joined by Chris Cresswell of the Flatliners, a punk band signed to Fat Wreck Chords. Listen in as the two discuss how Chris went from being a kid getting into punk through Fat Wreck to a veteran artist on the label.
Also covered: -Sneaky Dee’s: Toronto institution -Pizza GiGi’s special mushroom pizza -Trying to get into punk through an older sibling -Ramones’ Merry Christmas I Don’t Want to Fight Tonight -Finding in Fat Wreck Chords -Whiskey the snowboard video and the power of extreme sports soundtracks -Mall music stores employment -The problem with collections -Trash TV -Discovering NoFX in class at school -Five Across The Eye -Heatscores -Outspan -Jersey -Ew, You Are A Girl And Girls Suck (famously wack band). -Rancid on the radio -Taking guitar lessons with Scott to form a band -Short Notice the pre-Flatliners band -The punk band in the ska-scene -Falling Sickness: clowning youth crew kids -Having your 19th birthday at the Triple Rock on tour with Against All Authority -Cold calling labels, booking agents and clubs at age 15 -Ewan Exall -George Stroumboulopoulos’ championing of young punk bands -Simon Cowell going to a Toronto pop-punk show -The privilege of being a band in a major media market -Damian being jealous of Chris -Suicide Machines -Planet Smashers -Big D And The Kids Table -Getting signed to Stomp -Beefing with the Winnipeg Mafia -Meeting Melanie Kaye and getting signed to Fat Wreck -Talking to Fat Mike -Honest Don’s, Pink And Black Records -Touring with NoFX for two years: growing up fast -The Decline -Blazing the green in the emerald isle with Fat Mike