· By John Frazier
Welcome Florida Man to the Spartan Family. New Album "Tropical Depression" Out This Spring.
We’re so excited to welcome Charleston, South Carolina noise punk agitators, Florida Man, to the Spartan family. We've re-released the band's self-titled debut album with updated artwork and the new bonus track "Shut-In" and it’s available now as a free download at the Spartan store and Bandcamp as well as . Look for the band's new album Tropical Depression out this Spring.
The band’s sound is a tangle of pummeling guitars and howled vocals that captures the combined spirits of the most iconic noise rock and post-hardcore scenes of the past. Their music packs the razor sharp riffing of San Diego (Hot Snakes, No Knife), the sheer power of Seattle (Botch, These Arms Are Snakes), and the unbridled creativity of Washington, DC (Fugazi, Faraquet) -- all filtered through the band's unique brand of sweat-soaked southern grime.
While their sound may be as unnerving as a Google search of their band name, their roaring music and fascination with the bleaker side of life comes from much more natural origins. Made up of O'Connor on vocals, guitarist Andrew Barnes, bassist CJ DeLuca, and drummer Jonathan Peace, Florida Man's members are all longtime friends and collaborators from the southeastern punk and hardcore scenes. Barnes had spent years playing drums in other bands and was reacquainting himself with guitar after the end of his most recent project, and as the riffs began to pile up he turned to his like-minded friends and fans of all things distorted and aggressive. The name Florida Man was chosen as a tribute to the underbelly that often inspired them sonically and lyrically, and before long their raucous live show had spawned a substantial local following and even led to the band performing at Hopscotch Music Festival. Now as part of the Spartan Records family, Florida Man are gearing up for a big 2019 with a new full-length Tropical Depression this Spring and heavy touring on the horizon. Be on the lookout for new music, pre-orders, and more soon!