Florida quartet The ProblemAddictsfl offer up the perfect fix of infectious skater pop punk meets punk rock. The band, who come from Deltona but are now based in Orlando, fuse engaging, fast-paced vocals with lively punky guitars and driving drums.
ProblemAddictsfl formed in 2016 and released debut album Bad Breaks last year. They were mid-way through their first national tour when the ongoing pandemic hit and this experience inspired their latest single Hard Times In Petunia, which was released last month.
It opens up with cool descending punky guitars and big crashing cymbals and drums. That drops into fast-paced vocals over palm-muted guitars, which build into a big singalong chorus that ends “That was the first time we talked about turning round, Just give me one more night away from my bullshit hometown.”
The lively vocals continue in a second verse, that again picks up pace and leads into a variation of the big catchy chorus. Punky guitars take over and feed into a final blast of the chorus, in this short, sharp and catchy track. Check it out here:
And that sets the scene for the band’s debut album, which is chocked full of catchy, feel good punk rock. A personal favourite is the short but sweet Hospitals & Heartbreaks, along with the lively Temper Tantrums. Give the latter a listen here, and check out the album on Spotify.
We had a chat with the band to find out more about them. Read on below…
GR: Who are The ProblemAddictsfl?
TPA: “Jacob Snell, Trey Ayres, Steve Brandhuber, Billy Morrissey. We’re originally from Deltona, Fl, and are currently Orlando based. We started in 2016, Billy, Jake and Steve played in previous bands and Trey joined in 2019, replacing Brandon Purvis on lead guitar/vocals.”
GR: You just released Hard Times In Petunia. What should people be expecting from the song?
TPA: “People should expect the same thing you’ve heard from us before (if you’ve heard us before) and if not just some fast fun catchy punk rock. We wrote the song on our way home from our last tour after it was cut short due to COVID-19. We were half way through our first national tour and had too many shows canceled and we were having some issues with Petunia (our tour van) and had to head home. That’s the story of how that song came to be and what it’s about in a nutshell.”
GR: How would you describe your sound to people that haven’t listened to you yet?
TPA: “I like to think that we’re just fun, fast, and catchy Tony Hawk pro skater punk rock.”
GR: What influences you to write music? Any key themes or topics that you write about?
TPA: “We normally just like to write about all of the stuff we go through that affects us, and hope we can put it down in a way that other people can relate to and help them deal with whatever it may be that they’re going through at that time.”
GR: Which bands/musicians are/have been your strongest musical influences?
TPA: “We all have different taste in music but all come together with the same love for late 90’s early 2000’s punk. No use for a name, Lagwagon, ALL, NOFX, Say Anything, and Alkaline trio just to name a few.”
GR: What have you got coming up through the rest of 2020?
TPA: “Right now we’re working on a new EP. We’re hoping it will be out by the end of 2020 but if not we’re shooting for spring of 2021.”
GR: Anything else you’d like people to know about you/your music?
TPA: “Not much other than we hope to have something new for you out very soon and can’t wait to get back out on the road touring. Stay safe, and wear a mask.”