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Post hardcore outfit Florida Man’s guitarist and songwriter Andrew Barnes moved to Charleston back in 2013, after his band Gifts From Enola called it quits. Since then, he has mostly played drums in his musical projects, including his most recent band, Drunk Couples. Back in November of last year Andrew decided to pick up the guitar again and got to work writing the songs that eventually became Florida Man’s debut EP, which is due out May 26th. Today we’ve got the debut single “One Last Hit” available for streaming.
Once the songs for the Florida Man EP were mostly written, Barnes approached his buddy Jim O’Connor to see if he was interested in providing vocals for the new project. Jim was all about it, and in fact had been wanting to get involved in a new project ever since his band No broke up. The bass player, CJ DeLuca was next to fall into place. He had been playing with Barnes in Drunk Couples and picked up the bass track effortlessly. Drummer Jon Peace came into the picture back when Barnes had done some work with Fiasco, and after a few jam sessions and shows to test things out, the lineup was set and Florida Man was born.
The band then booked some time at Jam Room Studio in Columbia and to record the EP. Barnes cites his inspiration behind the sound of Florida Man as coming from early 90s San Diego post hardcore bands such as Drive Like Jehu, No Knife, and Hot Snakes, as well as some bands from the DC area such as Frodus, Q and Not U, Faraquet, and Fugazi’s later albums. What resulted was a piping hot and loud EP that is bound to start mosh pits at every show.
We’re excited to premiere the first single off the self-titled Florida Man, “One Last Hit”, with the full EP coming via Bob Records on May 26th. To celebrate the EP’s release, the band will be hosting a release party at Burn’s Alley on Friday, June 2nd with Vacation State and To Forget. Tickets are $5 at the door. Stream the debut below, and stay tuned for the full EP in two weeks.
Florida Man – One Last Hit