Floater's first release on Elemental Records, "Sink," was actually put out on tape by the band in 1994 with 9 songs. Shortly after the tape's release the band was noticed by Elemental Records. Elemental put out the full-length "Sink" record and the band quickly aquired a following in Eugene and the surrounding areas. 1995 began a string of sold out shows at the Community Center of the Performing Arts (The WOW Hall) that is still unbroken.
In 1995 Floater released "Glyph" and toured the country for the next two years supporting the record and receiving heavy college airplay. "Danny Boy" gave the band its lift out of anonimity among the thousands of independent bands on the play lists of college radio in 1995 & 1996.
Floater received nominations to the preliminary level of the Grammys from NARAS (National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences) in 1995 under Best Rock Performance for "Sink", and in 1996 under Best Alternative Performance for "Glyph." (prelims are determined by nominations from the NARAS members). The band was approached by major record labels but Floater's desire to maintain creative control made staying with an independent label the best choice for the band at the time.
In 1998, following their move to Portland, Oregon (where the band currently resides), Floater released their third full-length record, "Angels in the Flesh and Devils in the Bone." The second concept album by the band ("Sink" was the first), "Angel's" brought a new vibe to Floater, and although it suprised some fans in the beginning (because it was "different" than the first two records), it wasn't long before the crowd accepted what has now become the band's trademark - their versatility. During this time, Floater scaled back from touring and chose to focus on playing regionally. This allowed the band the time to produce their first live album in a home studio with the aide of their live sound engineer DAX. "The Great Release" (a metaphorical title, by no means a "best of" album) was released in May of 1999 and featured performances from two West Coast tours.
September of 2000 brought the release of Floater's fourth full- length record, "Burning Sosobra"; a musical collective that explores the band's broad range of songwriting. Following it's release, the band began to perform live acoustically. Both the band and the fans enjoyed this new avenue of performance that allowed the "quieter" side of Floater to emerge and be explored. Of late, the band has begun playing shows where acoustic Floater opens for electric Floater - giving a sort of Jekyl and Hyde feel to their performances. Floater released a live record of one such show from the Aladdin Theater last New Years Eve. "Live at the Aladdin" was released in a limited edition pressing of 2000 copies.
Currently, the band is working on new material for their fifth studio album. There has been talk of an acoustic record, but their songwriting has taken them more predominately in the direction of an electric album.