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“Honest music from honest dudes”

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rom the ‘hot, sweaty, awesome town’ of Gainesville, Florida, Greenland is Melting are setting temperatures soaring with their foot-tapping rhythms and smooth-asbutter harmonies.

While Greenland might actually be melting, this trio are pretty solid having been together for over three years now. They met through mutual friends back in the college days and fulfilled every student’s dream of forming a band. First things first, introductions: Karl Seltzer is the tall skinny guy with glasses and a banjo, Shaun Pereira is the big guy with the checked shirts and a guitar and Will Dueease is the other guy with glasses playing the standup bass, (he also plays the suitcase bass drum). They all sing. And for those wondering how they came up with the band’s somewhat irksome name, the story behind its origins unfortunately isn’t all that interesting. “We thought

about telling a different story to each person that asked us this ‘cause there really isn’t a good story behind it” admits Seltzer, before on cue delivering with conviction that it was the last thing Leo DiCaprio said before he was lost at sea in the movie Titanic. “Seriously, go watch it again and see. You gotta turn the volume wayyyy up.” This is the kind of grinworthy humour you get when talking to the Greenland boys. Gainesville is the home of the University of Florida and has a strong history of punk rock with such big name bands as Against Me!, Hot Water Music and Less than Jake all emerging from the place. It’s also the same place Tom Petty started off. So while folk music mightn’t’ immediately spring to mind when you think of Florida, places like Gainesville have got a rising folk presence with the likes of Michael Claytor making a name for himself in the wider folk circle. And these boys hope the upward slope continues. Talking to Seltzer, who grew up listening to Led Zeppelin and other classic rock bands, “Honestly, I was the kid in high school with the long hair, no friends and wore the

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