Appropriately named (I’ll explain in a minute), Flatline covers rock music from the 70s to early 2000s with heavy concentration on 90s alternative rock by bands like Pearl Jam, Green Day, Stone Temple Pilots and Alice in Chains.
The Kingsport-based sextet consists of a group of friends, several of whom interacted professionally prior to getting together to play music.
“Five of us are physicians,” explains plastic surgeon and lead guitarist Dr. Greg Pastrick, “and our lead singer hails from Eastman as an executive in accounting.”
Members of Flatline include endocrinologist and the band’s other lead guitarist, Dr. Mike Nannenga; Dr. Kevin Kirk, hospitalist who plays drums for the group; Dr. Jeff Vaughn, hospitalist and bass guitarist, Dr. John Ehrenfried, surgical oncologist on rhythm guitar; and Alvin McConnell on vocals.
“Unfortunately we couldn’t find a cardiologist for Flatline,” Ehrenfried quips. “We haven’t ruled out sending Alvin to med school though.”
Kirk explains, “Those are our primary roles, but we also switch things around a bit during our gigs so that sometimes I’ll be the lead singer while Mike, or perhaps Alvin, will play drums. Most of us actually have lead singing roles depending on the song.”
The band has been together about a year and has played several venues throughout the area. High Voltage in Kingsport has been a popular venue for them, but, according Vaughn, they’ve played at Quaker Steak and Lube in Bristol, Tennessee Jack’s in Rogersville, and even a fundraising event for Parkinson’s Disease.
“We’re really looking forward to playing this year. We’ve added a lot of new material to keep it fresh for our audience,” explains Nannenga. “We’ve had some big audiences in the hundreds, which makes it fun for us, but we want those people to keep coming and expand our audience to those that haven’t seen us yet.”
McConnell says the band’s Facebook page, Flatline Kingsport, posts upcoming performances for those who want to follow them.