COME FLOAT WITH ME
With band members from acts such as Scarymother, Cog and Karnivool, FLOATINGME is a band like no other. Drummer Lucius Borich says FLOATINGME is different to the bands that they have come from and sounds like nothing they’ve done before. “The songs are all as original as a fingerprint or snowflake.”
Lucius believes that another point of difference is the baritone voice of singer Andrew Gillespie. “It’s nice to hear that type of sound in progressive rock,” he says.
FLOATINGME started out with friends Lucius and Andrew arranging songs, and it evolved into a band. “We created something we liked to hear and had fun with and over time this manifested into a band,” says Lucius. “It was a very organic process. It’s nice to have no real pressure so we could have fun making music.”
The five band members have been working together for the last two and a half years but Lucius says they’ve only officially been FLOATINGME since the self-titled debut album was released on Friday April 15. He says they had 10 or 11 songs ready to be mixed before the band had a name.
The band’s name is a lyric in the track Spirals. Lucius was listening to their songs trying to come up with a name, and decided FLOATINGME had to be the one. “It sat right with me and where I’m at in my life right now. The name made sense and is a lot closer to home than something we just made up.”
Lucius compares their music to life, in that it changes from one minute to the next. “It’s like, one minute you’re going for a stroll in the park, the next you’re driving a V8. The music has more crescendos and build-ups and it’s these fantastic elements that give it more drama and depth.
“You can equate this to your own emotions - you have periods of elated excitement where you’re full of joy, and then all of a sudden you’re fearful or angry, and not long after you’re peaceful and serene.”
Lucius also thinks the fast paced aggressive tone of current music is a reflection on how fast paced modern life has become. He says people need to make the most of their lives and be creative even if it’s in a small way. “Every day I wake up is an opportunity to create and use the magic of the day to be creative. In FLOATINGME the best thing is knowing we have a group of people that love to create and make music.”
Lucius hopes people who go to their Canberra gig will walk away feeling great. “We hope to see loads of lovely Canberra faces shaking their booties and having a good time.”
FLOATINGME will be awing audiences at ANU Bar on Friday July 8. Tickets are through Ticketek for $18.90 a pop.