Sometimes great things happen in the most unlikely places. Take the tiny Northern Wisconsin town of Three Lakes as an example. In March 2004, Ryan Wallis (lead vocals/guitar), Zach Hales (lead guitar/vocals), Tim Hales (bass/vocals), and Mike Maney (drums) put together a makeshift band to compete in a local high school talent show. As a completely unassuming collection of music loving friends, the group walked away from the contest with the trophy and decided to pursue their new band seriously.
Honing their writing and playing skills while tearing through a steady diet of live shows across the North Country, 4th Floor was asked to record the theme song for the sports show, Outdoor Frontiers, in 2006. Shortly after, the band entered A440 Studios in Minneapolis to record their first album.
Titled “Released”, the record found its way into regular rotation on local commercial rock stations Z104.1 Real Rock and 94.5 WRJO. “Released received solid spins on 250 college market radio stations throughout the US, fueling the band’s tour schedule and taking them to larger markets, stages, and audiences.
2009 found the band with their new, sophomore release in hand. “Newton’s Cradle” was recorded at Whitehouse Studios in Wausau, WI and the 14 track disc is a flamethrower. On display throughout is a more uniform and in-your-face style of song writing. Just an Illusion and Only Dying provide power, big harmonies, and plenty of rock radio hooks. The musicianship is impeccably road-worn and Wallis’ vocals crash through the tracks like a finely aimed wrecking ball. Additionally, the Hales’ brothers provide lead vocals on the tracks Burn, Holy Water, Lies, Newton’s Cradle, and Sleazy, further showing the true depth of talent that has emerged from the band.
Now, in 2011, the band is continuing support of Newton's Cradle and preparing material for upcoming releases. Keep an eye out for a new single called "When She's Drunk" to be released this summer or fall!
4th Floor has played over 600 shows in 6 states winning two battle of the bands (including the regional Launchpad competition). The band has been nominated for a WAMI, the Wisconsin version of the Grammy's, each of the last 2 years (2010 and 2011). They have had the privilege of sharing the stage with Red, Royal Bliss, Papa Roach, Black Stone Cherry, Hinder, Nonpoint, Hellyeah, Finger 11, Machine Head, as well as playing with countless other local/regional bands from Wisconsin, Illinois, Minnesota, and Iowa. With an incredible new record, their heavy sound, classic and southern rock influence, the band is poised to become one of the Midwest’s most original and accomplished acts.