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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 and playing shows. On September 6th of 2013 the bands first EP dropped. Although a five member band at the time, guitarist Matthew Twifford abruptly left the band. "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, "...but it was for the better."
To date, the band has been pushing forward and bringing their music and their somewhat controversial and completely unique live show to fans of heavy music everywhere. You may enjoy it. You may be offended by it. Whatever the case may be, F.I.L.T.H. asks you only one question.
Will you be a part of F.I.L.T.H. nation?