ABOUT THE BAND
"Eric’s unique singing to screaming vocals plus the music shows why F.I.L.T.H is so highly loved. Mikey’s bass line mixed in with Mike and Josh’s guitars sounded perfect. Add in Freddie’s drumming and it was amazing. I was blown away. They followed with “The Quiet Song” which took up the energy a notch. It felt like F.I.L.T.H wanted to make this the performance of a lifetime." - Bernard Cana, Dread Music Reviews
The bands origins can be dated as far back as 2009 when Bassist Mike Vettel and Guitarist Mike Andes had already begun writing what would be the foundation of F.I.L.T.H. The pair enlisted new members for the project only to realize later the lineup would ultimately have to change. “There was a lot going on at the time…” recalls Mike Andes, “…the timing just wasn’t right for the direction we wanted to go…” The two then decided to put the project on hold.
Almost a year later, they were introduced to drummer Freddie Hull. “I was playing with Kevin Palmer (Trust Company) before I stepped away from playing….I hadn’t played in almost 12 years. By the time I was introduced to Mike and Mikey, I was playing in a local cover band…” For the next several months, the trio talked about putting it all together and in early 2011, headed into the studio and started to go to work. “Freddie came in and branded his own style to the chemistry that Mikey V and I already had….he just fit…” exclaims Mike Andes. Soon after, the three began the search for, what would ultimately be the next piece to the lineup. And it didn’t take them long before front man Eric Mann brutally filled the void they were searching for. F.I.L.T.H. was born. “I hadn’t been in any bands before. I had done some promotional work and what have you, but I’d never been in an actual music project. For about a year, Mike Andes had hit me up about trying out, but the timing was never right.” Mike Andes remembers, “I had seen both Eric and Freddie perform on stage and I’d already worked with Mikey V, so, I knew that the chemistry was there and the showmanship I was looking for was prevalent..…I just had to put them all in one room and see if it worked.”Over the next year the band pressed on working, writing, playing shows and incorporated guitarist, Matthew Twifford. On September 6th of 2013 the bands first EP dropped. Although a five member band at the time, guitarist Matthew abruptly left the band shortly after. "We spent about a year writing with Matt, but things in his personal life were changing. So, he left to pursue other things....it was tough to see him go.." says Mike Andes.The band moved on, and with their debut EP almost a year behind them, the word was put out. Not long after, in late 2014, guitarist Josh Lyons stepped in to fill the spot. While many of the songs for the next album were already written, Josh proceeded to add his own flare to the songs, adding a new dimension to the guitar work of F.I.L.T.H. From this point, F.I.L.T.H has evolved as a band, writing songs that in some cases are catchier than in previous outings, but in other cases are darker and more brutal than previous tracks. F.I.L.T.H continues to evolve its sound, adding new elements as each member evolves and grows in their respective abilities.
MEET THE BOYS
,I hope the crowd doesn't want to fight me after the set.I Text to make it yours.
I fought a fucking bear once.
I help write the brutal shit.
...I am bass player.