Portland, Oregon is a city known for its exciting music scene as well as its eccentric artists.
Alternative rock band fit in perfectly in the local music scene when they emerged in 1993 and began performing exciting live
shows and releasing concept albums with intense story-telling to accompany their hard rocking sound. The band has toured nationally
in their two decades of existence but plays the majority of their shows in the Portland area where they regularly sell out,
as well as in the rest of Oregon, Washington, California, Idaho, and Nevada. They have a devoted following that is always
eager to find out about new Floater shows.
One show Portland residents are eagerly anticipating is the January 3, 2014
date at McMenamins Crystal Ballroom with Smoochknob. This will surely be a raucous event as Floater will be celebrating the
start of their third decade as a band performing with another local favorite in front of their hometown fans. What better
way to get the new year started in Portland than by seeing one of the city's longest running and most beloved bands playing
About the Band
It does not seem certain that when Robert Wynia, Peter Cornett and David Amador first
got together in 1993 that they were aware that more than twenty years later they would have become one of the most popular
bands in the Portland scene and still be making music and playing shows to their rabid fans yet that is precisely where they
are. After releasing their first full length, Sink, in 1994, Floater never looked back and continued to record and release
high concept alternative rock albums that never fail to entertain and tell captivating stories. However, it was their intense
live show that first allowed Floater to make a name for themselves and their performances have only become better and more
energetic the longer the band has been together. They have played at some of the most legendary venues in the country including
CBGB in New York and The Roxy in Los Angeles.
While the band originally formed in Eugene,
Oregon, in 1998 they moved to Portland just prior to the release of their third album Angels in the Flesh and Devils in the
Bone. This decision would prove to be a pivotal point in the band's history as becoming a part of the burgeoning Portland
scene allowed them more notoriety and just seemed to be a better fit for a creative juggernaut like Floater. They immediately
scored a hit college radio single with the song "Mexican Bus" which got them write ups in Rocket as well as the attention
of several major record labels. The band remained unsigned by a major label and in doing so was allowed to pursue the creative
career path on which they had embarked when first forming in Eugene back in 1993. More albums and a plethora of live shows
would follow, but Floater had clearly moved into a new stratosphere of success and popularity following their move and the
release of their third full length in 1998.
You have been waiting for months for this night
to come and finally as the lights lower you begin to see the ferocious Floater making their way out onto the stage. The crowd
erupts in applause as the trio ready their instruments and prepare to belt out the first jam. A hush falls over the crowd
as the band thanks them and launches into a fan favorite like Mexican Bus, Independence Day, or Tonight No One Knows. The
crowd once again erupts and sings and dances along to hits throughout the night. Always one to surprise the crowd, perhaps
Floater sprinkles in some new songs throughout the set, or decides to cover songs by some of the biggest names in the history
of music like their hit Doors cover Waiting for the Sun. The high energy output from the band translates perfectly to the
crowd and you spend the entire night dancing and singing along.
Peter Cornet and Robert Wynia first
started playing together with another guitarist under the moniker Henry's Child, but their first guitarist got too drunk at
a local show and was kicked out of the band. Eventually Dave Amador took his place and they changed the band's name to Floater.
In both 2009 and 2010 Floater was voted Best Band in the Willamette Week's annual Best of Portland issue. To date Floater
have released eight full length albums and have been knwon to cover songs by the Doors, the Beatles, U2, Depeche Mode, and
others. Their nine song demo recorded in 1993 got the attention of indie label Elemental who were later to release their debut
album. Though they are known as a Portland band, Floater originated in Eugene, Oregon and spent their early days playing several
shows at the University of Oregon.