Photography By Traci McMahon And Jeff Lasich.
Interview by Jeff Lasich.
I first heard the Floorpunch demo in early 1996. Hearing it was a like a breath of fresh air. This was the first really good straight edge hardcore band I had heard since the youth crew had grown up. Obviously this was before the internet made punk and hardcore easy. That being said, I knew nothing about this band except the demo was incredible. Not coming as a surprise, Floorpunch never played Pittsburgh. I remember wanting to see them twice in Buffalo and once at the Yuletide fest, but no one would go with me. Lame. They were supposed to play in Auburn, NY sometime during the summer of 1998 (I think that was the year.) I remember pulling up to the venue to find some dude with long, greasy hair and a Nirvana shirt tell me “show’s cancelled, dude.” That was the closest I got to seeing the mighty Floorpunch during their original existence. In October, 2007, the guys played a show as a benefit for a friend. I of course made the pilgrimage out to Philly to see one of those bands who were always on my list of bands to see. The show was a blur and well worth the drive and the wait. Summer 2009 brought a couple more shows. I talked to Porter in July 2009 about doing an interview for Start Today #7. He was totally down to do it. We emailed a couple times about the interview, but nothing really came out of it. They played their final, final, final mosh in Philly on June 26, 2010 as part of the Six Feet Under Records showcase to support the double 12” discography that was recently released. After that show, I was ready to move forward with doing a new zine. I dropped Porter another email in August and a few days later, I had some answers. Without more delay, Floorpunch!