Welcome to Florida would like to spread a little bit of New Hampshire across this great country of ours. Since the year 2001, WTF has been rocking the Northeast all the way from Maine to North Carolina. As the new century has rolled onwards, the band has continued to hone its funk-rock-pop and has issued five albums of all original songs. WTF's ever-growing fan base agrees that this is one of the most intriguing and promising groups in recent memory; we would like to include you in this journey.
J.Z. MacMartin - Drums
Chris Reilly - Bass, vocals
Wes Chisholm - Guitar, vocals
Duncan Pelletier - Guitar, keys, vocals
Sunshine State (2001)
Fresh Squeezed (2002)
Get into the Grove (2003)
Arrive Alive (2004)
The Good Word (2007) - Currently receives airplay on WXRV/WFNX/WAAF/WCYY. Also is on Pandora
Funky rock from Welcome to Florida
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By Julian Williams, Contributing Writer, firstname.lastname@example.org | Published: Tuesday, September 18,...By Julian Williams, Contributing Writer, email@example.com
Published: Tuesday, September 18, 2007
Updated: Saturday, December 5, 2009
Take a moment to imagine Jack Johnson's musical infancy: A gnarled acoustic guitar, a cramped UCSB dorm and a series of wistful, recurring dreams. These were likely the only tools adorning the singer-songwriter's repertoire before 2005's "In Between Dreams" gave two million Americans something to talk about all summer.
If you take away the distinct Hawaiian flare, peaceful contentedness and pensive reminiscence heard on Johnson's records, Welcome to Florida, the little-known college quartet from Peterborough, N.H., takes the sensual out of the love song, lightens the mood with driving grooves and turns Johnson's love lyric precedents on their pretty little heads. Damn those no good college kids.
In short, Jack Johnson with an adrenaline shot, a new-found appreciation for funk and a parental advisory sticker plastered on best describes Welcome To Florida's sound.
Hints of virtuosity bubbling from unexpected crevasse within the album coupled with thorough, tight-knit production, propel the band's fourth effort from the dredges of "just another college album," "The Good Word." The album culls the mundane and predictable, swinging a furious left that commands attention.
Funk-based drum patterns and high treble strum spurt from rhythm guitars showing WTF's deep-seated appreciation for a genre that's seen its peaks, valleys and plateaus over the past 45 years.
Avoiding the typical love-lyric route that most college bands trek, the lyrics are often crude yet comical, and quite frankly overdue. This revision to lyrical levity is a necessity in times of commercial radio overborne with weak pop standards or the latest manufactured Nickleback single.
"Crime & Punishment" starts out slow-paced, with light bongos and mellowed acoustic strums that lead to a pentatonic guitar solo, illuminated with lightning-fast blues licks as the melody crescendos.
"Here Comes January" is soft and melodic with tuneful lyrical symmetry that catches you off guard. But the difference rests in the delivery. Therein lies the brazen quality afforded only the sheer arrogance of college.
All in all, "The Good Word" is a good album made up of smooth pop, faux-funk and enough college-age angst and moxy to make it all fit.
Some shows we play for 3 hours, so that is a very long list that we draw from our previous albums as well as songs we are working on for the new album. The artists we cover include, but are not limited to, Bob Schneider, The Eagles, The Clash, Dire Straits, Joe Cocker, etc.
There are no upcoming dates at this time.
|Aug 13, 2010 Friday||9:00 PM||Victoria Station||Salem, MA, US|
|Jul 17, 2010 Saturday||TBA||Kid's Club||Jaffrey , NH, US|
|Jul 9, 2010 Friday||9:30 PM||Victoria Station||Salem, MA, US|
|Jun 26, 2010 Saturday||9:00 PM||Dogfish Bar & Grille||Portland, ME, US|
|May 22, 2010 Saturday||9:30 PM||The Page||Portsmouth, NH, US|
|May 21, 2010 Friday||9:00 PM||Peddlers Daughter Haverhill||Haverhill, MA, US|