Florida band Felicity have honed a fun but hard-hitting sound that fuses the catchiness of pop-punk with rock and full-on metal elements, which they describe as “energetic, diverse and balanced.”
The Orlando band first started out when guitarist Andrew graduated college in 2013. As he tells us: “I always had a dream to start a band in Orlando. The city has such a robust musical history and an incredible scene that I knew I had to be a part of. At the time, I had no idea where to begin. I didn’t have any connections or know any other musicians in Orlando, so I went to the one magical place where all great bands start… Craigslist.”
That took him to the band’s vocalist Damien, who’d posted about wanting to start an original rock band. The duo started practicing, wrote a few songs then returned to the magical world of Craigslist to complete the lineup.
Andrew describes the sound the band has honed since as: “It’s the perfect mix of a band who doesn’t take ourselves too seriously yet treats the message and the quality of the song with the utmost seriousness.
“Some songs are fast and in your face with aggressive vocals and some songs are happy, feel-good singalongs that are self-deprecating and humorous. We like to write music that we’d want to listen to and something people will have fun seeing live.”
Our first taste of this was their huge recent single Hit and Run. It opens with a building guitar riff that continues alongside heavy drums and a searing synth. Vocals come in and are joined by palm-muted guitars as it builds up to a big singalong chorus “I’m another hit and run, You never look back at the crash site, Did you take a life tonight, Hit and run, I’m lying in the wreck you left, Come face the mess one on one.”
A second verse ends heavy big screamed vocals that feed into another big chorus. That gives way to chunky guitar chords and occasional screams, then drops into a lighter verse that quickly feeds into a final chorus. And it ends on a heavy note with big chunky guitar chords.
On the track, Andrew told us: “For not having released an original piece in a minute, the feedback has been profound – better than we anticipated! We’re still getting tagged in stories and posts of people streaming the song and the music video broke 12,000 views the other day (Editor’s note: it’s now hit 58,000 views!), so we couldn’t be happier.
“It’s about a near-death car crash we were in during a tour a few years back so the lyrics heavily convey the emotions we had about the whole incident and how we felt about the driver-at-large who fled the scene, never stopping to see if anyone was hurt or worse. The music itself is good ol’ high-gain, distorted hard rock guitars and a moving breakdown in the bridge.” Check it out in the video below:
Since then, the band has released Pendulum, which opens up with a cool distant riff then a cry of “I’m hanging by a thread” ushers in heavier guitars and drums with eerie synths in the background. It drops into a light opening verse that feeds into a catchy chorus “I can’t break this habit, I can’t take this damage, Down a dose ’til I’m spent, Till I fall back to regret, Give me less, give me more, Ripped apart until I’m torn, But I’m sick of the back and forth, back and forth, back and forth, I’m done swinging like a pendulum.”
A second chorus gives way to huge screamed vocals over a cool diving guitar riff, which feeds into a final blast of the chorus. Check it out in the video below:
Then, last Friday, came You Got This, which was preceded by an unusual string of social posts that suggested Damien had left the band… but not really… we think… Check it out below…
These most recent tracks were preceded by a debut EP in 2015, another in 2016 and a series of singles that led to their Old Habits EP being released last year. From that album, a personal favourite track is the hard-hitting Circles, which opens up with a cool riff that continues under heavy guitar chords. Check it out in the video below:
The Felicity sound has been largely influenced by a strong mix of punk, rock and metal bands including a couple of my personal favourite bands Beartooth and Finch, alongside Senses Fail, A Day To Remember, Four Year Strong and Silverstein.
On what inspires them to write music, Andrew tells us: “We try to write music that people can personally resonate with and relate to, so most of our inspiration comes from our personal experiences in life, honestly. We’ve always tried to create a sense of community and acceptance with our live shows and online presence for people to feel comfortable and safe and that they can be themselves without worry of rejection, so a lot of our messages help bridge the gap to let people know they are never alone.”
Felicity have been in the process of writing and recording new music and have lots more coming our way in the next few months. And Andrew adds: “We just want to take a moment to thank anyone that’s listened to our music and given us a chance! We are humbled every single day that anyone would even listen to our songs, let alone enjoy them. We appreciate it so so much!”