January 14, 2010
Celebrating the release of their Below & Beyond box set, FLOOR will be getting back together to play three shows in the southeast. Dates include: March 27th in Miami, April 2nd in Gainesville and April 3rd in Atlanta. In keeping with the chronology and theme of the box set, the shows will reflect the lineups of each era of the band: Betty will be playing drums for songs from the early days, followed by Jeff on drums from the Dove era, and end with Henry stomping his way through the Self-Titled album. And, of course, Steve and Anthony on vocals and guitars.
FLOOR was formed in 1992 by Steve Brooks (guitar), Anthony Vialon (bass), and Betty Monteavaro (drums). Jeff Sousa became the drummer in late 1993, at which time Steve and Anthony switched to two low-tuned guitars with no bassist. Early influences included MELVINS and GODFLESH, later developing their own sound of melodic, pop-infused doom. Several vinyl-only 7″ EPs were released before their first break in 1996. The band reformed with a new line-up for one show in 1997 with Henry Wilson on drums and practiced only occasionally until 2001. 2002 saw the release of their first full-length album, self-titled Floor, before splitting in 2003 for good.
These shows mark the culmination of years of work put into the comprehensive FLOOR collection. Three separate versions of this Below & Beyond discography will exist by the live dates:
1) Deluxe vinyl edition of 10 LPs, 1 7-inch, 8 CDs, 32-page booklet and more, completion expected in February (pre-order available now – roughly 100 copies remain)
2) CD standalone edition of 8 CDs and 32-page booklet – available via mailorder in February, in stores and everywhere else March 30th
3) Digital download editions of 8 separate albums, or one single massive collection, available in February
* March 27th @ Churchill’s Hideaway – Miami, FL
* April 2nd @ Common Grounds – Gainesville, FL
* April 3rd @ The Earl – Atlanta, GA
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