The 4onthefloor is an American rock group from Minneapolis, Minnesota, formed in 2008. The 4onthefloor play gritty rock music with strong blues and country influence. All songs are in 4/4 time and make use of a "four on the floor" beat in which the bass drum sounds on every quarter note. The band members line up across the front of the stage and each member plays a bass drum in addition to their other instruments.
The band was formed in the fall of 2008 by Gabriel Douglas (lead vocals and guitar), and James Gould (guitar) who quickly brought in Chris Holm (bass guitar, harmonica). They played their debut show in December of 2008 at Downtime in Minneapolis with Dan Rodriguez on drums. After the initial show, the band went on hiatus to add a permanent drummer and work on material. Mark Larson joined the band in February 2009 and the band played it's first show with the new lineup in June of 2009 at Acadia Cafe in Minneapolis.
The band self-released a debut four song EP titled "4 Songs", on April 4, 2010 with a release show at Kitty Kat Club in Minneapolis. The EP was recorded at Creation Audio studio in Minneapolis. The EP served as a preview to the band's first full length album, "4x4", which was again self-released in February of 2011 by the band. "4x4" contained the 4 songs from "4 Songs" plus an additional 12 tracks. The album contained 15 original songs and a cover version of M. Ward's "Magic Trick". The song, "Junkie", off the album began getting regular airplay on Minnesota Public Radio's 89.3 The Current station in February of 2010 causing a surge in popularity around the Upper Midwest for the band. In March of 2011 the band won Twin Cities alternative weekly publication, Vita.mn's Best New Band competition. Also during March, the band embarked on its first national tour, touring the East Coast and Midwest, with a stop at SXSW in Austin, TX. "4x4" was released as a double-LP vinyl on April 4, 2010 with a release show at Triple Rock in Minneapolis. In the summer of 2011, the band released a five song EP titled "...And 4 Riders Approached at Dawn" available only via digital download. The EP featured three original songs and covers of "I'm the Wolf" by Howlin' Wolf and "Wolves at Your Door" by David Bazaan. The band toured extensively throughout the United States and Canada trough the first half of 2012 before returning to the studio to record their follow up album. The album, set for April 2013 release was recorded at Creation Audio in Minneapolis, April Base in Eau Claire, WI, and primarily at Sacred Heart in Duluth, MN.
The band has twice headlined sold out shows at Minneapolis' famed First Avenue rock club. They've opened for such acts as Willie Nelson, Steve Martin and The Steep Canyon Rangers, Lynyrd Skynyrd, David Allen Coe, and Tommy Stinson.
The 4onthefloor is known for their high energy live performances spurred on by the driving beat of the four bass drums and fueled by consumption of large amounts of beer and whiskey both by the band and the crowd.
The band has received considerable air play on 89.3 The Current, where Junkie, Lionhearted, and Howl For Me are in regular rotation and other songs get occasional play. They are also played frequently on smaller upper Midwest independent stations. The band's music has been featured TV shows such as VH1's Saddle Ranch, The Real World, Duck Dynasty (Workin' Man Zombie is the theme song of the iTunes version of the show), and NCIS Los Angeles.
Gabriel Douglas also fronts an alt-country band, Silverback Colony and plays solo acoustic shows James Gould plays guitar and lap-steel guitar in country rock band, The Federales Chris Holm sings lead and plays harmonica, guitar, and banjo in roots rock band, The Fattenin' Frogs and performs solo shows playing acoustic blues, folk and country. Mark Larson plays drums in The Fattenin' Frogs
- 4x4 – (2010)
- Travelin' Riverside - Minnesota Pays Tribute to Robert Johnson on His 100th Birthday – (Slab Town, 2011)
- Minnesota Beatle Project Vol. 3 – (Vega Productions, 2011)
- Local Current Vol. 2 – (Minnesota Public Radio, 2012)
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