Cover Photo by Rory Sylvester
The Flatliners have released their acoustic version of The Tragically Hip song “Ahead By A Century” in celebration Toronto’s ‘Tragically Hip Day’ through Spotify, iTunes and Bandcamp. Proceeds from the song will go to the Gord Downie Fund for Brain Cancer Research. The band last released Division Of Spoils in 2015 through Fat Wreck Chords. You can read the band’s statement about the song and listen to it below.
We were far, far from home last week when Toronto Mayor John Tory deemed August 10th ‘Tragically Hip Day’ – so we thought we’d do something special.
We’re currently on tour in Europe, and not able to take part in the festivities around Toronto to celebrate the iconic and bountiful career of The Tragically Hip, so we spent August 10th taking in the beautiful sights of Venice and reflecting on howmuch The Hip have inspired us as musicians. Any time we’d turn the radio on, or flip the channel to MuchMusic as kids, there were Gord and the boys. It was easy to feel the impact of a band who explored their musical abilities so boldly – and did so completely on their own terms. If you think about it, it’s pretty fucking punk rock. So we decided to record our own acoustic version of “Ahead By A Century” in Venice too.
Through his years Gord has truly inspired a nation of thinkers, believers, and dreamers – always inspiring us to be creative, providing the soundtrack to our good times, and also helping us through the tough ones. I think it’s time for us all to give back.
You can stream our acoustic version of “Ahead By A Century” on Spotify (https://open.spotify.com/
track/ 0PBRYo7aacFFuaDSnNXyq7) and iTunes, and all of the proceeds will be donated to the Gord Downie Fund for Brain Cancer Research at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre in Toronto.
You can also purchase the song from our Bandcamp(http://
theflatliners.bandcamp.com/) where 100% of your donations will be passed along to the Gord Downie Fund as well. You can access all this by simply visiting http://bit.ly/FlatsAhead
Much love and respect to The Hip for everything they’ve done for kids like us just trying to find a place to play our music. The inspiration just gets stronger and stronger. And to a true Canadian legend: Gord, we love ya!