Based around frontman Giancarlo Floridia, Faithsedge was born in Huntington Beach, California in 2009. Floridia connected producer and bass player Fabrizio Grossi (Steve Lukather/Alice Cooper). Alex DeRosso (Dokken) signed on as lead guitarist, and Tony Morra jumped in on drums. The combo united to record the band’s highly regarded eponymous debut album which blended a spirited mix of hard rock, heavy metal and progressive touches, with rich vocals, bodacious hooks, shredding fretwork, and a pounding, rumbling rhythm section, all topped off with melodically challenging songwriting. “Faithsedge” was mastered by Tom Baker of Precision Mastering (Judas Priest/Motley Crue).
Fast forward to 2013 and Floridia and company have added keyboardist Eric Ragno (Trixter, Fergie Frederiksen) for the band’s sophomore effort, tentatively titled, “The Answer of Insanity” and due out later this year. While the second album isn’t even out yet, Floridia is already writing for and thinking about the third album which he thinks will blend the opposing styles if the first two records into a signature sound. Where the first album was highly melodic and accessible, the second with be heavier and thrashier.
Last week Floridia called in to Metalholic Radio to talk about the new album, his friendship with the late Jani Lane, and this summer’s tribute to the former Warrant frontman. He also spoke of his and Jani’s work with Liberty n’ Justice and their and performances on the new “Cigar Chronicles” album. This year’s Second Annual Memorial Tribute to Jani Lane will be held at Ripper Owen’s Tap House in Akron, Ohio on Saturday, August 10. If you are anywhere near the Midwest it will be a show to catch. Giancarlo will be playing a special acoustic set of some of Lane’s most inspired songs, perhaps even an unreleased track. Check out our interview below to learn more and swing by the band’s website and Facebook page.