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