Floater – Crystal Ballroom (Portland, OR; Dec. 18, 2009)
I like consistency. It’s good. I like knowing that I can go to a Floater show (I’ve been to at least 20) and my head will get rocked. Floater fans (“Floaties”?) are some of the most loyal on the planet, and it shows when you walk around the venue and see at least 80% of the people signing along to their songs, fists in the air and huge smiles on their faces.
This Friday I was joined by a handful of friends at the Crystal Ballroom. Many of them had never been to a Floater show. By the time we left the venue, friends jaws were agape. In a good way. It was clear that Floater had converted them into “Floaties.”
Portland Mayor, Sam Adams, got the already eager crowd even more energized with a lively introduction of the band. He seemed just as excited to see them as most of the crowd, as he introduced them before the second act even came up. When Floater did make it to the stage, they immediately jumped into a dark groove which set a vibrant tone for the rest of the evening, leading up to an incredible cover of Depeche Mode’s “Personal Jesus.” The crowd was as “active” as always at a Floater show, leading to the removal a handful of more rowdy fans by the venue security.
Floater has been around since ‘93 and keeps going strong in the Pacific Northwest, routinely selling out the venues. If you have not seen them, I highly recommend it. Chance are you’ll be a “Floatie” by night’s end.