Win Tickets ($36): Nearly Portland New Years With Floater @ Crystal Ballroom | Psychedelic Guitar Rock

We are giving away a pair of tickets ($36) to the Nearly New Year’s show featuring Floater happening 9pm December 30th at the Crystal Ballroom. To win, comment on this post why you would like to attend. Winner will be drawn and emailed on the morning of Monday, December 26th.

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From our sponsors:
Floater at the Crystal Ballroom Nearly New Year’s: Floater
December 30, 2011
Doors @ 8pm / Show @ 9 | Tickets $16 in advance / $18 day of show

The Crystal Ballroom
1332 West Burnside Street Portland, OR 97209
(503) 225-0047 | More Info/Tickets: mcmenamins.com/Nearly-New-Years

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Portland-by-way-of-Eugene, Oregon trio Floater deliver their best album to date with “Wake,” their eighth studio album. Writing more sophisticated, well-crafted songs with each release, “Wake” (Typhon Records) delivers a twelve-track collection of melodic, pop-laden psychedelic guitar-rock decked out in chunky guitar riffs, primal drumming, and soaring vocals.

Consisting of front man/bassist Rob Wynia, guitarist Dave Amador, and drummer Pete Cornett, Floater’s Northwest roots are rich and firmly planted, helping to account for the fact that they are one of the region’s top-drawing acts, and continue to draw new crowds in each of their developing markets.

However, their strong roots are only a partial reason for their fan base. You need more than just luck. You need a constantly evolving sound that is both truly your own and always exciting to the tried and true and newcomers alike. And that is what “Wake” offers new and old fans.

“It would be very difficult for the same three guys to not be Floater somehow,” says front man Rob Wynia, discussing the similarities and differences of Floater’s previous releases with ‘Wake.’ “I’d say it’s still Floater by definition, since we’re Floater. It’s different in that we really prefer to make every album its own thing. I think this, as a collection, it has a lot more high-energy songs and feels more ‘live’ than previous work. So much live performance has really geared us toward that kind of sound and feel.”

Touring the songs extensively before recording them helped the band choose which songs would comprise “Wake.” It also helped strengthen and energize the songs, as they had time to live and breath on the stage before being put to tape.

However, even with the songs gelling well before the band entered the studio, “Wake,” the band’s ninth studio album was still their most difficult album to make.

Between tours and finding time to schedule recording sessions, the band, now on their own Typhon Records, also had trouble financing the record.

But, with every obstacle comes a solution, and with many more years under their belts in the ever-changing music industry than most, Floater found a solution, playing more gigs to finance the record, and then taking time off from the road to finish making the album.

Doing most of the basic tracking the band’s own studio, Floater found comfort in taking their time making the record.

“We broke up the tracking sessions on this so that we could record in our own practice studio, and it was so much more comfortable,” recalls Wynia. “Just taking the time to get the note you want, the take you want, it was really relaxing. I’d like to always do it that way.”

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42 Responses to Win Tickets ($36): Nearly Portland New Years With Floater @ Crystal Ballroom | Psychedelic Guitar Rock

  1. Scott December 13, 2011 at 16:16 #

    This would be a great way to ring in the New Year!!!

  2. Benjamin December 13, 2011 at 19:41 #

    Good band. Never seen them live. Not doing anything substantial that day…

  3. kay December 13, 2011 at 22:14 #

    Love checking out new-to-me music!

  4. sean December 14, 2011 at 01:40 #

    Because I have no plans yet! Ahhhh I’m freakin out!

  5. kathy louise rankin December 14, 2011 at 10:28 #

    I’ve never seen Floater and It’s amazing I haven’t because generally Ive seen everyone so my New Years resolution is to venturei outside of my own little world of blues and explore other genres of music!

  6. Leslie Marshal December 15, 2011 at 10:32 #

    Well, my boyfriend and I just recently moved to Portland…we’ve been wondering what we’re going to do for New Years. We think this would be a blast, and we LOVE the ballroom! I think it would be an awesome way to remember our first New Year here!!

  7. SJ Miller December 15, 2011 at 13:34 #

    A buddy of mine turned me onto Floater almost 2 years ago now.. Since, this guy has maintained a household and marriage, became a father of a beautiful little girl, worked full time and managed to stay enrolled in classes for his degree in awesomeness. I’d love to be able to break him free for a night, and raise the bar of awesomeness that is.

  8. Matt December 15, 2011 at 16:07 #

    I’ve never seen floater live but I hear they are great in concert. Would like to experience it for myself!

  9. Jo'Z December 15, 2011 at 16:30 #

    If you have to ask, then you wouldn’t understand.

  10. sean December 15, 2011 at 17:27 #

    Floater is the first band I saw live when I moved to Bend back in ’92. They played at the pavilion in Sunriver. It was also my first taste of Slam Dancing. I walked away with a few bruises but would still like to relive the experience 20 years later….holy crap they have some staying power.

  11. steadycat December 15, 2011 at 17:30 #

    thanks for the chance at tix to a great show!

  12. Nikkol December 15, 2011 at 17:56 #

    Float me away please!

  13. James December 15, 2011 at 18:47 #

    new year music. yea.

  14. Kimberland December 15, 2011 at 20:10 #

    What a great present to give my boys, they would totally love tickets to this!

  15. Kelly G December 15, 2011 at 20:34 #

    I love jazz…my girl friend loves pop…I love heavy metal…my girl friend loves pop…I love classical…my girl friend loves pop…I love all styles of music…my girl friend loves pop…so I think we need Floater Tix to help my girl friend out of her rut and expand her musical mind. I’ve heard Floater for years, but never seen them live. Happy Nearly New Years Everyone!!

  16. Abigurl1 December 15, 2011 at 23:58 #

    PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE, this sounds so worthwhile of my time. PLEASE!

  17. Courtney December 16, 2011 at 06:14 #

    What better way to ring in the new year? They’re amazing, and i would love love love to see their show!

  18. Kenny December 16, 2011 at 07:49 #

    Every day when I come home from work, the boy has his iPod hooked to the stereo with nothing but Floater while he does his homework. I’d love to take him, and it would be a great way to reinforce the homework habit!

  19. Toby December 16, 2011 at 13:38 #

    I would like to go so I can hang out in the awesome crystal ballroom! Please pick me!

  20. Sean brown December 18, 2011 at 12:52 #

    So my name is Sean.. Everytime i have seen floater. About 16 times. I have been blown away. I have never been to a bad show. These guys are on the top of my list I have every album on my iPod. Fall asleep to that stuff every night…

    On another note my buddie and his girl have never been to a floater show and they keep telling me they want to go but procrastinate. I’f I could have tickets at the door all I would have to do is drag them There. What a way to welcome the new year

  21. Steve Colburn December 19, 2011 at 14:42 #

    We hope to make the floor bounce so we can float at the Crystal Ballroom on New Years Eve.

  22. Steve Burnett December 19, 2011 at 14:52 #

    I want to go because they ate awesome. I want to win because I am broke

  23. Angela_M December 21, 2011 at 00:06 #

    cuz nothing would make my boyfriend happier …hes been wanting to go to this show for years!

  24. Kai December 21, 2011 at 10:39 #

    Ready to dance-it-up on new years eve!!!

  25. candyce December 21, 2011 at 13:57 #

    I’d love to see this show!!

  26. jacob December 21, 2011 at 20:11 #

    december 30th is my 29th bithday and Floater kicks ass!!! i wanna go to this show bad and tickets are about sold out i would love the hook up! and what comes around goes around…

  27. Maya December 22, 2011 at 10:41 #

    My fiance loves floater, he’s talked about them for years. I’ve never been to one of their shows before, and want to surprise him with this gift. I want something special, something we can share that will bring us together for the new year as we begin our life together.

  28. Ed December 22, 2011 at 12:01 #

    Have seen Floater twice at the Crystal, BUT never on New Years! Will be a great show, fantastic band live!

  29. Eric December 22, 2011 at 14:30 #

    Love me some Floater.

  30. D Ness December 22, 2011 at 16:29 #

    I used to live in Eugene and Floater rocks!

  31. Andrea Espinosa December 22, 2011 at 17:02 #

    I want to see Floater.. Pleaseeeee. Prettybplease. It would make my 2011!

  32. Chris N. December 22, 2011 at 18:57 #

    I haven’t seen Floater live in almost 4 years, but I’ve been digging their recent works. I’m from Eugene and have been a fan for over 12 years. It has been a really tough year for me losing some close friends who I used to frequent shows with! I have a few other friends who will already be at this show and being able to see Floater with them would very much be a well-needed release for my soul! Please help me ring in the New Year with some muthafuckin FLOATER!!!

  33. Tracy Chapman December 23, 2011 at 10:27 #

    I LOVE Floater and they put on kick-ass shows!!!! Winning tickets would help offset the cost of a babysitter :)

  34. Huck December 24, 2011 at 05:31 #

    I would love to take my fiancé.

  35. Jamie Martin December 24, 2011 at 12:22 #

    I need a Boxing Day Rock Out!

  36. monica wander December 24, 2011 at 12:59 #

    Ive seen floater once about 13 years ago.
    I think thats been long enough!!

  37. Warren Bechtolt Jr December 26, 2011 at 14:31 #

    Pleases.enter me in floater tickets

  38. alejandra mendez December 28, 2011 at 15:53 #

    please please please please pleade!
    Can you say, ” toy boat” 3 times? I can!
    i would looove to see Floater. I heart their sound!

  39. Shana October 14, 2012 at 21:43 #

    Winning this could land me “rock star” status in my girlfriends eyes…. She drew the short straw and was born between Christmas and New Years Day. Every year, no matter how hard I try, I feel like she gets robbed. She’s a good sport though… She deserves a good time.

  40. Sandra November 1, 2012 at 10:32 #

    My husband is a HUGE HUGE HUGE HUGE HUGE Floater fan and he would be so excited. It’s been a rough year and this would just make up for some of it.

  41. Amanda Stevens November 1, 2012 at 16:51 #

    Would love to see this band Live for once! I have always enjoyed them but never got to see them live. I need a new and fresh start to my new year!

  42. Stephanie Wehe November 24, 2012 at 10:25 #

    We are recently engaged, love Portland, and want to do something really romantic for New Years since we both work two jobs and haven’t taken any trips all year. This looks like the perfect way to ring in the new year! :)

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