Posted in music | pictures on April 6, 2010

words by BBG, photos by Rich Gaccione, Anthony Childs

Floor at The Earl in Atlanta (4/3/10)
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Floor is slow-thudding metal royalty... Know the following: South Florida is the asshole of the music world. It is almost impossible for a band to make it hailing from this sequestered swamp. But Steve Brooks and Anthony Vialon did it. For better or for worse, they trudged along with different drummers and made an honest stab (a refreshing stab if you will) at the burgeoning doom/sludge market of the early '90s. Bands will wear their loves on their sleeves, and the whole Black Sabbath thing is okay, but when you factor in geographical isolation receding into the "guitar bomb" and pop nuances into some real macho music, you know you have something special at hand...

And it is with great pride that I can say that I was there. There to witness the stacked amps and unrelenting fog machine as Churchill's Hideaway Pub got a taste of the building blocks it is built upon... [The show started with] Brooks and Vialon on double axes with founding drummer (and awesome local artist) Betty Monteavaro on drums for a solid half-hour set. Sludge mayhem that was as unpolished as what they committed to vinyl in the early '90s. Delicious and crucial. Followed by a second set featuring next-in-line drummer Jeff Sousa tearing through the No Idea Records maroon Dove LP. A highlight was most certainly their fogged-out rendition of "Namaste." And then, as the piece of resistance, was a short break followed by drummer Henry Wilson aiding the cause as the band ripped through the "full-length" album, opening with crowd pleaser "Scimitar" in its full guitar-bomb goodness. - [Miami New Times]

The above review comes from Floor's reunion show at Churchhill's Hideaway Pub in Miami on 3/27, one of a few shows that the band played as part of a celebration of the recent release of the Floor boxset (out now on Robotic Empire). Although, we don't have any pics from Miami, we do have shots from all of the others including Common Grounds in Gainesville, FL (4/2, care of Rich Gaccione) and TWO at The Earl in Atlanta (4/3 & 4/4, courtesy Rich Gaccione and Anthony Childs respectively). Pics from those show are below.

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Floor at Common Grounds in Gainesville, Florida (by Rich Gaccione)

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Floor at The Earl in Atlanta, GA on 4/3 (by Rich Gaccione)

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Floor at The Earl in Atlanta, GA on 4/4 (by Anthony Childs)

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Floor @ The Earl 04.03.10

Floor (live, reunion show) - Iron Girl / Night Full of Kicks - 04-03-10

Floor (live, reunion show) - Dove - 04-03-10

Floor (live, reunion show) - Sunday - 04-03-1

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Comments (11)

Tour, tour, tour, tour, tour!!!!!

I wish Torche wasn't opening for
Coheed & Doucheia

Posted by Anonymous | April 6, 2010 8:11 PM

the new times writer got it dead on when he described South Florida

Posted by Anonymous | April 6, 2010 9:02 PM

Thanks for posting my review up! I didn't actually notice too many photographs taken at the Miami show. Oh well, I guess the ashole breeds assholes. Thanks again!!!

There might be a Cavity reunion in May. That's the rumor.

Abel Folgar
Miami New Times

Posted by Abel Folgar | April 6, 2010 9:41 PM

Nice review Abel

and THX for the video/pics Rich & Anthony

Posted by TXn | April 6, 2010 10:37 PM

Saw this awesome band several times at house parties in Gainesville. Well, I guess I only HEARD them. Because of a ridiculously intense smoke machine I never knew what the band looked like until now.

Posted by Regular reader | April 6, 2010 11:54 PM


Thanks for such a great post and the review, I am totally impressed! Keep stuff like this coming.

Posted by Big Boobs | April 7, 2010 9:06 AM

fuck! looks killer! would have loved to have been there. and i echo the statement of the dude who said "i wish torche wasnt opening for coheed" that sucks seeing as how i have yet to see torche.

Posted by Anonymous | April 7, 2010 9:27 AM

Ha, I second the comment about not knowing what Floor looked like for a long time. When I saw them in the early-mid 90s at house shows and tiny venues there was so much smoke from the fog machine that you literally couldn't see your hand in front of you face let alone the band! Later on with the final lineup though I remember the shows much better not standing in a cloud.

Seeing them play through their music/members chronologically was nothing less than an an epic buildup over the evening. A show that I'll never forget!

60+ photos from the Gainesville show:

Part 1 - First and second sets plus set lists

http://blogs.myspace.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=blog.view&friendId=183089506&blogId=532346526

Part 2 - Third sets plus set list

http://blogs.myspace.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=blog.view&friendId=183089506&blogId=532347112

Posted by Jana Miller | April 7, 2010 12:19 PM

They kept the fog machine to a "considerate" setting given that Churchill's in Miami is the size of a regular living room. I kinda had missed the fog machine madness.

Posted by Abel Folgar | April 7, 2010 7:46 PM

I double the epic buildup. Fantastic Idea to do this kind of setup. After the last song was played, I felt like driving to Gainesville and Atlanta to see this again. If you missed Floor you missed a great show..

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