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Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Floor to ceiling with Below and Beyond

click to enlarge ABOVE GROUND: Floor returns, in its totality, for a two-day show in Atlanta.
  • ABOVE GROUND: Floor returns, in its totality, for a two-day show in Atlanta.

There's no reason why anyone should have heard of the band Floor. The Miami sludge-punk trio languished in obscurity from 1992 to 2004 and rarely played shows outside of their hometown of Gainesville, Fla., just up the road. So why, then, after fizzling out of existence six years ago, did Floor have to book two reunion shows in Atlanta to meet audience demands? And why is the group's catalog – most of which has remained unreleased – being issued in a mammoth box set from Robotic Empire?

As Factory Records founder Tony Wilson's character explains in the film 24 Hr. Party People, "The smaller the attendance, the bigger the history. There were 12 people at the last supper. ..."

Much of Floor's mystique comes from the fact that it's where guitarist/vocalist Steve Brooks cut his teeth before moving on to the more formidable band Torche. Floor was underexposed and underappreciated in its time, and went out with a whisper rather than a roar. Since then, the group has become something of a holy grail for Torche fans. The vast majority of their songs have been sitting on tapes, stored away in a fabled suitcase in a closet for years, their fate unknown. But after increased demand from Torche fans, the band has compiled almost everything they ever recorded into one ridiculously lavish box set titled Below and Beyond.

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