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What to do by Floors and Walls

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Total plays: 10347

Posted: 29 February 08

It's rare to see a band doing anything really new, but Floors and Walls are bucking the trend with a genuinely original sound. Frontman, MC, and all-round lad Alex Adams comes from a drum n' bass background, while the rest of the band was raised on the likes of Rage Against the Machine, the Chili Peppers, and Muse. The result has been described as 'The Streets meets Rage Against the Machine.'

There is a tangible excitement in the audience at Floors and Walls gigs, and that's because people know they are seeing the start of something important. “I think the best music happens when you combine polar opposites,' explains guitarist Dom McNulty, 'We sound a bit like the Arctic Monkeys on speed!' Dom had previously played with Adam Shamp (drums) and Ian Booth (bass), but the band didn't gel until they jammed with Alex.

'We were sceptical at first, because we weren't into the same music at all,' says Alex of their first meeting, 'I was totally into drum 'n bass and didn't listen to any band music. But we played some Chili Peppers songs and we were like, 'This is really cool.'

Adam picks up the story: 'We all knew 'Megalomaniac' by Incubus apart from Alex, so the band played the track and Alex just MC'ed over the top. It worked really well, so we had to write our own songs.'

That was spring 2006. In Brighton, where Floors and Walls are based, the buzz was immediate. Local radio station Juice FM championed the band from the beginning, and even without management or any organised press campaign, word about the band spread instantly. Gigs were packed, and band were soon gigging further afield at places like the Borderline (London) and Manchester. Kula Shaker producer Kevin Nixon wasted no time in getting them into a studio to capture their live energy.

Because of the band's unique fusion of sounds, Floors and Walls have the opportunity to cross over between the usually separate audiences for drum n' bass and rock music. 'I think everybody can take something from it because it's so diverse,' says Ian. 'We all bring our own influences to it and see what happens.'

In spite of the hype, the band has its feet on the ground. 'It comes down to four people in a room turning out tunes,' says Shamp. 'We just try to play gigs and enjoy it.'

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