Flotation Device was created in 2010 to showcase the guitar instrumental songwriting and playing of John Moremen. John is a full-time member of The Orange Peels (Mystery Lawn Music/Minty Fresh) and has been since 2000. John has also been a member of early indie-rock faves Half Japanese, and has performed with Roy Loney (Flamin’ Groovies), Jimmy Silva and Jad Fair as well as in several solo projects/bands.

John recorded the debut Flotation Device album in his practice space as a way to work out song ideas and give himself a chance to stretch out as a guitar player. The Peels bandmate, Allen Clapp, took these somewhat not-so-primitive recordings and mixed them into a collection that has been cited as “reverent, without being retro." To perform the songs from his first album, John recruited his friends Chris Xefos (ex-King Missile, current SF producer/engineer), Adam Symons (The Parties) and Ian Robertson (The Bye Bye Blackbirds), to help bring these songs to life and to a live audience.

John continued to write for Flotation Device while also tending to his duties in The Orange Peels, writing, recording and performing two ‘Peels albums in the intervening period. John also completed and released, again for MLM, his collaboration with longtime friend Paul Myers under the project name The Paul and John, the album titled Inner Sunset.

In whatever downtime for John, the minted Flotation Device band managed to record and release in 2016 a new batch of John’s tunes, once again assisted by Mr. Clapp, for the MLM imprint and titled Play It. 2016 has also seen John contributing lead guitar to the soon-to-be-released new album from 90’s alternative-pop maestro Matthew Sweet. In August/September, John has appeared on stage as part of Mr. Sweet’s combo as Matthew gears up for the imminent release of his latest album titled Tomorrow Forever.

The Devicers also have a good portion of a new album ready to go and hope to have that in the can and out the door sometime in the very near future. Furthermore, look for FD to take the world by storm in a Facebook Live Livestream event (or other event) coming up soon.