Win Tickets ($36): Floater w/ Tiny Lady @ Crystal Ballroom | Psychedelic Guitar Rock

We are giving away a pair of tickets to see Floater on Friday, January 11, 2013 at the Crystal Ballroom. To win, comment on this post why you would like to attend. Winner will be drawn and emailed Friday, January 11.

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Floater at the Crystal Ballroom Floater w/ Tiny Lady
Friday, January 11, 2013
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: www.mcmenamins.com

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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23 Responses to Win Tickets ($36): Floater w/ Tiny Lady @ Crystal Ballroom | Psychedelic Guitar Rock

  1. Amanda January 8, 2013 at 11:18 #

    As a dedicated, long-term Floater fan, I am embarrassed and disappointed to admit that I cannot afford this show because I have to pay my mortgage instead. Damn, we’re getting old and responsible!!

  2. Mark January 8, 2013 at 11:42 #

    My good buddy’s birthday is on Friday the 11th. And he’s a huge Floater fan. I am planning to take him out for beers for his birthday but how cool would it be to surprise him with tickets to a Floater show too?? PDXPIPLINE, please help me make it happen!!!

  3. Stephen January 8, 2013 at 12:26 #

    Please choose me to win tickets. Because I have never won anything from the PDX pipeline and I could really use a good Crystal Ballroom show.

  4. Rabbit January 8, 2013 at 13:14 #

    I would like to attend because Floater is my favorite local band. These three gentlemen have been bringing the melodic, deep rock consistently for decades and have always stayed true to their roots. Floater is the definition of talent.

    They haven’t played together in town for awhile and I love me some Floater at the Ballroom! Please send me!!

  5. andrew January 8, 2013 at 13:52 #

    Feel like I got a little jipped with the early cut-off at Floater’s last Crystal show, so I would love to give them another shot with the bouncy floor. Seen most all of their shows in the Portland area for the last 12 years, but would love to win some free tickets to one of them.

  6. Michelle Miller January 9, 2013 at 00:06 #

    Winning these tickets would absolutely make this a wonderful year! My boyfriend has been a Floater fan since the very beginning, and when I told him they’re playing in Portland he was just devastated because he was recently laid off from his job at the Rogue Creamery and therefore can’t afford tickets and gas to travel from Southern Oregon. I’m sick with an auto-immune disorder and am on a fixed disability income or I would buy the tickets in a heartbeat. If we won them I would find a way to get us there…it’s pretty easy to find people who are willing to pay gas money for a ride to the city from here and my little Honda gets awesome mileage. If you pick me it will almost be like granting a wish for a sick kid…except this kid is 30 years old and still needs to rock the fuck out from time to time. I remember seeing Floater play at the Brickworks in Chico CA a few times while I was going to school down there about a decade ago. I haven’t seen them again since that venue shut down shortly before I moved away, but maybe seeing them again will help uncover some of those memories that were lost in the bottom of all those Long Island ice teas I drank at Panama’s when my friend did the ol’ bracelet-switch-trick with me so I could hang out on the patio with everyone else while I was still only twenty. I wish I could remember all the shows I saw there. I kind of wish I graduated college, too…
    And I wish I could push the “publish” button already. Like I said…I never graduated college. I wasn’t prepared for a 1000 word essay tonight, but it keeps suggesting that my post is too short. And now I’m starting to wonder if I would have graduated from college, maybe I could just afford to buy the damn tickets instead of reducing myself to cyberpanhandling. But no, I’d probably still be poor. But poor people need fun, too. They just have to beg.

  7. Andy January 9, 2013 at 11:39 #

    I don’t really know how to beg. But, damn, I would really, really love these tickets. Please. Is that how you do it? Anyway, Floater is one of the best bands to ever come out of the NW. They always bring a good show to the Ballroom floor. Rob’s hypnotic voice, Dave’s killer riffs and Pete’s unstoppable beat. So killer. Always. Every time. Choose me and I pinky swear I wont’ be one of the people drunkenly shouting for “Danny Boy” and “Cinema” the entire show.

  8. Sensie January 9, 2013 at 19:23 #

    I want two

  9. Sensie January 9, 2013 at 19:24 #

    Please

  10. Vikki January 10, 2013 at 12:38 #

    My 44th belly button day is next week and I am a broke single momma… I would love to win tickets and enjoy an evening out!

  11. Mary January 10, 2013 at 14:01 #

    Tomorrow just happens to be my un-birthday! I’d love to celebrate it in style with Floater!!

  12. Andrew January 10, 2013 at 15:31 #

    I would like to go because my wife says I never plan anything.

  13. James January 10, 2013 at 16:11 #

    Its a long week and this would really make it better

  14. Karl Jacobson January 10, 2013 at 18:12 #

    Please.

  15. Panda January 10, 2013 at 18:17 #

    Please pick me, oh wise Pipeline roulette wheel. I would like to see Floater tomorrow because I have never missed them at the Crystal Ballroom since 1999. (Yeah, I may have been a bit groupy in high school.) But a las, I’m dead broke and rather depressed about it.
    Heard their recent show in Corvallis was extremely stellar… how do these guys keep getting better with the years!?! This is going to be a great show. Wish I could attend too.

  16. Marychris Mass January 10, 2013 at 18:24 #

    Because I think Rob is an amazing singer…and I came to them late, but was captivated by them since seeing them @ closing of NW Millennium!

  17. Jay January 10, 2013 at 18:46 #

    Don’t know Floaters but probably they become two new fans.

  18. Kelsey Hyde January 10, 2013 at 20:22 #

    I am in need of live music pumpin through me soul!!!! I’m ready for the tunes to surround me and breathe a deep sigh of sound relief!! And smile :D

  19. Julia January 10, 2013 at 20:43 #

    My roommate has been having a really rough year since moving to Portland, and she absolutely loves Floater. It would be the perfect present, and start of her new year, to get to see them!!

  20. Ragnar Hartmann January 10, 2013 at 21:05 #

    I haven’t been to a Floater concert since I got back from Iraq, I’d love to go to this one!

  21. Julie January 11, 2013 at 08:54 #

    Floater is always a good time. Pick me and I will go!

  22. Jess January 11, 2013 at 10:38 #

    me me me me me me me! I did my debt calculator last night and will be out of the hole in 2 yrs. If I do nothing fun, ever. me me me me me me me please!!!

  23. Danny January 11, 2013 at 11:55 #

    I recently started dating again for the first time in years, and haven’t seen live music in just as long. I have a hot date tonight, and this would be the perfect thing for us to do, as we both really dig this kind of guitar rock music. Please pick me!

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