The Local 913: The Affordable Floors

 
00:00

According to Harvey Coblin and Kirk Botula, The Affordable Floors got their name in a very Pittsburgh way. "We were driving along Banksville one day and were trying to think of a band name and saw that and thought, 'Hahaha that’ll be a funny band name.' We thought we’d get a real name later." The name stuck and The Affordable Floors became one of Pittsburgh’s most popular bands in the 1980s and 90s, receiving praise and airtime from local radio stations. "There was a commercial station in Pittsburgh – WXXP – that was playing local music in regular rotation and that caused the local music scene to just explode," said Botula.

Their sophomore album Drumming On The Walls broke nationally and the Floors were getting airplay as far away as Miami and Juneau, Alaska. They signed to MCA records in 1990, but due to a takeover at the label, the band was dropped and the album put on hold. The band, however, continued to tour and record for the next few years. "What made us stop was that it stopped being fun for a while back in the early 90’s," said Coblin, "We had signed with MCA and then were dropped and we were trying to save the record deal."

After 23 years and a couple reunion shows, The Affordable Floors got back together to record some new material and they’re very happy about it, saying, "It’s really fun to be in conversation together again, because our music was always very conversational." The album’s title track – “Every Broken Heart Will Mend” – is "a hopeful song," says Botula, "Each verse deals with people dealing with loss or pain and it’s a song saying, 'Look, it’s going to be okay.'"

Photo by Ed Freeman

Local Music

The Local 913: Nameless in August

Zach Rock, frontman for the Pittsburgh folk rock group Nameless in August, has always been around music. In fact, he owns a very cherished musical family heirloom. More on The Local 913, WYEP's weekly local music spotlight.

The Local 913: Garter Shake

Pittsburgh’s Garter Shake brings to mind power feminist voices of rock music’s past presented for a modern world. More on The Local 913, WYEP's weekly local music spotlight. 

The Local 913 with Talkers

Caleb Pogyor, frontman for the indie rock back Talkers, has been thinking about ego quite a bit lately. Find out more on The Local 913, WYEP's weekly local music spotlight.

The Local 913: Nardo Says

On rapper Nardo Says' latest album Y.S.D.M., he writes about something he’s lived with since he was young – his stutter. Learn more on The Local 913, WYEP's weekly local music spotlight. 

Local 913: Dan Getkin & the Twelve Six

Pittsburgh’s Dan Getkin cites Ryan Adams as his entry to the alt-country genre. Find out more on The Local 913, WYEP's weekly local music spotlight.

The Local 913 with Mariage Blanc

The indie rock band Mariage Blanc, at this point are veterans of the Pittsburgh rock scene. Check them out on The Local 913 this week!

The Local 913: Alan Getto

Singer songwriter Alan Getto began playing music as a teenager to keep up with some friends who were getting together to jam one summer.

The Local 913: Treble NLS

Treble NLS got his moniker in kind of a round-about way. The rapper first started out under the name “Trouble." More on this week's Local 913, our local music spotlight. 

The Local 913: Gregg Welty

Gregg Welty is an award winning banjo player who, at first, did not like the banjo. Learn more on this week's Local 913, our local music spotlight. 

Local 913: Metacara

This week on The Local 913, check out the music of Metacara. The electronic duo, made up of Kyla Rae and Vince Nania, met at the University of Pittsburgh. Click to hear more on our local music spotlight! 

The Local 913: The Living Street

The Living Street are made up of two very long time friends from Lower Burrell, PA. Find out more on The Local 913, WYEP's weekly local music spotlight. 

The Local 913: Brittney Chantele

Brittney Chantele is a Pittsburgh rapper who is very involved in local activism. Check her out on this week's Local 913, WYEP's weekly local music spotlight.

The Local 913: Balloon Ride Fantasy

Electro-pop band Balloon Ride Fantasy’s sound has shifted over the years from a very tight indie rock outfit, to fantastically layered synth. Listen to The Local 913, WYEP's weekly local music spotlight and learn more!

The Local 913: Bikini Islands

Despite Bikini Islands' sunny name and surf-rock disposition, the band's name came from an ominous source. Listen to them on this week's Local 913, our weekly local music spotlight.

The Local 913: Jimmy Bucek

Pittsburgh MC Jimmy Bucek has a very interesting vocal delivery. Matched with his unusual lower register, he sounds more like he’s reciting poetry than rapping. More on The Local 913, WYEP's weekly local music spotlight.

The Local 913 Ferdinand The Bull

"We don’t have to plug in or anything. Everything’s really visceral and real." - Meet the Pittsburgh folk band Ferdinand The Bull in this week's Local 913. 

The Local 913 Live: Rachel Lynne

Rachel Lynne performs at WYEP's local music happy hour on July 19, 2018.

The Local 913: Scratchy Blanket

Scratchy Blanket is an indie rock band where cats play a big role: "I think the first time you hear the songs about the cats, they could be about cats, but you could apply it to people, too." Meow meow meow on The Local 913

The Local 913: BB Guns

BB GUNS is a hip-hop/rock duo: “The relationships that rock & hip-hop have are not always known as critically the best things... We wanted to do it in more critical, indie way." More on The Local 913, WYEP's weekly local music spotlight.

The Local 913: The Local

The beginning of The Local, a Pittsburgh band, actually has roots in Belfast Northern Ireland. Check out The Local 913, WYEP's weekly local music spotlight, for more!

The Local 913: Same

Most of indie rock band Pittsburgh’s Same met at Clarion University. Check out more including their chill new song "Is Midnight" on The Local 913, WYEP's weekly local music spotlight.

The Local 913: Jack Swing

The bluesy garage-rock band Jack Swing is led by Isaiah Ross, who grew up surrounded by musicians. Listen for more on The Local 913, WYEP's weekly local music spotlight.

The Local 913: Hear Tonight

After hearing the indie rock band Hear Tonight’s music, it’s no surprise that most of the members are influenced by pop-punk. Check these guys out on The Local 913, WYEP's weekly local music spotlight.

The Local 913: The Vindys

The Vindys are a group that’s got a clear affinity for soul and jazz. Check 'em out on The Local 913, WYEP's weekly local music spotlight.

The Local 913: Guy Russo

Formerly one half of the indie-folk do Broken Fences, Guy Russo has just released a solo album. Check it out on The Local 913, WYEP's weekly local music spotlight.

Pages