Dear Universe – Six Crucial Questions for FELICITY

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Some bands don’t want to be categorized and some are striving for something bigger with their sound.

FELICITY seems to be headed in the latter direction, looking to make their mark with intertwining threads of pop, punk, and metal.

We’ve heard several songs off the bands debut album Dear Universe and the tunes are delightfully diverse. They can be metal and savage. They can be pop punk and sweet. And at times they can be all of these things.

So if you’re ready to rock your head forwards and backwards, FELICITY should bring you great joy.

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SIX CRUCIAL QUESTIONS for FELICITY

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NAME: Andrew Rapier (standing, photo above)

BAND: FELICITY

POSITION: Guitarist

HOMETOWN: Orlando, FL

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1. What is your earliest musical memory?

My earliest musical memory would be as a child seeing Back to the Future for the first time. Something about watching Marty McFly play “Johnny B. Goode” at the Enchantment Under the Sea dance that made my jaw drop to the floor. The energy, the crowd, and how he was able to make playing the electric guitar look like the absolute coolest thing on the planet forever changed me. I said right that moment, “I WANT TO DO THAT!”

I immediately asked my parents to buy me a guitar and after some begging, pleading, and lots of household chores, they gave in and signed me up for some lessons.

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2. What has been your most embarrassing musical moment?

Oh man, that’s a great question! While there’s too many to count, I’ll go with the infamous “guitar pick” story… We were on tour playing a show in Raleigh, NC and the show happened to be on my birthday! We had been told that the load-in time for the show was 12pm, which seemed very early to us, but we were on one of our first tours and didn’t want to rock the boat. We arrive and (of course) we were the only people there other than the bartender. We had already paid for parking for the day so we couldn’t really leave so we decided to just hang out at the bar for the day, good idea right?…. Wrong.

We don’t end up playing our set until close to midnight and after 12 straight hours of beers, shots, and everything in between I was in no shape to perform–however, I tried anyway! About two songs into the set I drop my guitar pick on the floor and spend the entire length of the song trying to pick it up off the floor (I thought it was a great idea to only bring one guitar pick on stage with me)… Finally after about two minutes of no-guitar being played, our bassist Mike notices how much I am struggling and comes over and picks up the guitar pick for me on his first try… (I was two mins in of just trying to get this damn thing off the floor). When he handed it to me the crowd cheered, which let me know that they knew exactly what was going on and what I was going through.

Lesson learned, since that day we no longer drink (too much) before shows and I always bring up as many guitar picks as possible.

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3. What do you like and dislike about touring?

I love getting to wake up in a new city almost every night. Getting to explore new places and eat all the different foods of the different areas. It’s truly an eye-opening and life-changing experience getting to see so many different cultures and ways of life in such a condensed period of time.

I dislike the lack of sleep!!! I tell you every time we go on the road I feel like it takes years off our life. Outside of the physically exhausting performance, you have load in, load out, and the thousands of steps a day exploring and sight seeing between shows. Every time we get home I feel like I need a full week of just recovery to catch up on sleep and let my body recover.

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4. What is your favorite record store, anywhere in the world?

Park Ave Records in Orlando, Florida (our hometown, so we’re a little biased), and Bullmoose Music in Portsmouth, New Hampshire.

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5. Other than your own music, what is your favorite song or album of all-time? Why?

Wow that’s such a difficult question!!!!! I’m going to have to go top five albums for me because its just too hard to pick! In no order: Master of Puppets by Metallica, In Keeping Secrets by Coheed & Cambria, Appetite for Destruction by Guns N’ Roses, Homesick by A Day to Remember, These are just albums I’ve listened to front to back a million times and helped shape who I am and who I’ve wanted to become as a musician.

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6. You wake up in a seedy Berlin hotel room with no recollection of the past 96 hours. Who is your first call?

I’m calling my bandmate Cory (Guitar, seated on chair, photo above). He’s reliable as they come and hopefully he has all the evidence saved on his Instagram story!

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Images Courtesy of FELICITY and Adventure Cat Records; Photo by Tony Catalano