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 band's 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…” recalls Freddie. 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 filled in the position they were searching for. F.I.L.T.H. was born.
In late 2014, guitarist Josh Lyons stepped in to fill the final piece. “We wanted a fuller sound…” says Freddie Hull. 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. was evolving as a band.
Fast forward, after almost 10 years with the band, front man Eric Mann left the band. “It was a shock to say the least.” says guitarist Mike Andes. The search was on. It was a long and grueling process for the band and on May 1, 2021 Jason “Jay” Gutsch brutally filled the void the band was looking for. “I can’t say I knew a lot about F.I.L.T.H., but after 10 years of not being a front man, I decided to give it a shot…” says frontman Jay. “It’s been an extremely easy transition.” he adds.
F.I.L.T.H. has supported national acts such as Fear Factory, Saliva, Green Jelly, Straight Line Stitch, 10 Years and Nonpoint and has played festivals such as WJRR’s Kink Fest, Central Florida Metal Fest and Blue Ridge Rock Fest. “Our goal is to grow as a band while staying true to the band's roots and bring the energy that only F.I.L.T.H. can bring!” exclaims Jay. F.I.L.T.H continues to evolve its sound, adding new elements as each member evolves and grows in their respective abilities. You can catch F.I.L.T.H. on all music platforms and social media outlets such as Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. We’ll see you soon!!
MEET THE BOYS
Where's the whiskey?
I fought a fucking bear once.
I help write the brutal shit.
...I am bass player.