“I think we are infinitely more fun than most bands,” said Eric Mann, lead vocalist for local Orlando band F.I.L.T.H. in a recent email interview. “Our live show brings the PARTY! We are bringing back the 80’s hair metal attitude with a far heavier, equally danceable sound. If you find a band that puts on a better live show than us, let me know – I’ll kill them!”
Mann’s musical history isn’t very extensive and he has a very short, but top-notch list of musical influences, “For the most part, Phil Anselmo from Pantera and Phil Labonte from All That Remains,” said Mann. “What can I say? I have a thing for guys named Phil.”
In F.I.L.T.H., Mann contributes lyrics for the band’s songs. “My inspiration comes mostly from whatever the music is playing mixed with the message my band is trying to play. F.I.L.T.H is a party band, so I’m not going to sing songs about how sad I am my girlfriend left me, nor am I really gonna write some kind of love ballad. I listen to the music being created by the guitarist, bassist, and drummer, and generally a verse or phrase will pop in my head, and if I really like it, I’ll build the song around it.”
He has a simple idea of what he wants fans to get from the band’s music. “I am an entertainer, not an artist,” said Mann. “I want people to be entertained. I want to look out into a crowd of people and see fun and pleasure on their face. I want my music to give people a fun escape from their daily lives, crappy jobs, and stress. Lose yourself in our sound and let loose. Have fun!”
He credits a well-known local Orlando music promoter/supporter with the best music career advice he’s been given. “Ben Gardner of Orlandobands.com once told me that you’ll only be as big as you think you’ll be. If you think you’ll be small time, you will be. The only way to be bigger is to think bigger.”
Man firmly believes that everyone involved in the local music scene should work together to succeed. “Bands should support each other, because you can’t do it all on your own,” said Mann. “And not just bands, but venues and local businesses. There needs to be an understanding that we all have the same goal. Be seen and heard and make some money. No one WANTS to do this for free. You have to be respectful to each other, and everyone needs to put forth the same effort in promoting and producing shows so that everyone can walk away a winner. One bad band can bring down an entire show. You should work hard so you aren’t that one band.”
F.I.L.T.H., Mike Andes (guitars), Eric Mann (lead vocals), Freddie Hull (drums) and Mikey Vettel (bass), is about to release three recorded songs, “Criminal,” “Dirty” and “Soft” on various download sites and they have an EP release slated for the beginning of 2013. The band has an upcoming show Sept 21 at Club 57 West in downtown Orlando for semi-finals of the Orlandobands.com and Evermore Sound Evermore Battle of the Bands.
Music fans can check out the local Orlando band on their official site and Facebook.