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Show #080: Finer ReturnsBy: Darrin Snider (darrin at indyintune dot com)
Sunday, September 19, 2010 5:00:00 PM
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This week kicks off another set of "... Returns" shows, which I've previously mentioned are a lot of fun for me, not only because I get to hang out with old friends, but also I get a more-relaxed interview that delves into more tangential topics than the standard fare of "How did the band form?" and "What is your songwriting process like?" Finer is no exception. This time, Stacy and Ethan, who were a great interview the first time around, brought along the rest of the band. It quickly becomes obvious in talking to them that this lineup has solidified into a tight-knit group that you would swear -- based on the wisecracks and plethora of great stories told both on and off mic -- have been playing together for years, rather than a mere 10-11 months. In addition, they generously share tracks from their new CD, Never Gone, which showcase a slightly more-refined style and direction from what we've previously heard. It's fair to say that this great new sound owes just as much to the new instrumentation as it does the quality of players in this band.
I think the lesson learned, and most unique thing about Finer as a band, is the amount of networking and support this band does for the Indianapolis Music scene. In addition to forging great relationships with local businesses and venues, Finer is one band that is always encouraging and supportive of both established and up-and-coming bands in the area. Though the band initially formed in L.A., where fierce competitiveness with other local acts is the norm, I frequently bump into Stacy and Ethan at other bands' shows, and they are always telling me about a great act they had seen the week before (or in the case of The Post Script, recommending groups to be on Indy In-Tune). In fact, I'm hard pressed to think of any band that they haven't been enthusiastically supportive of, or had anything other that praise for. This positive energy carries over into their live performances and back out to the audience, as evidenced in their first-round victory in the Battle of Birdy's where, though they admittedly didn't bring a large crowd of their own, they won over an audience that was not necessarily familiar with them. In fact, it is reported that in one instance, they even captured the #1 vote from a rival player, who ranked them above his own band on the ballot. Now that's a great indicator that you're doing something right.
Links referenced in the show:
- Finer can be found here: Web Site | MySpace | Facebook | Twitter | YouTube | Tumblr
- They were formerly guests on Show #039. Stacy also appeared as guest host interviewing The Post Script on Show #078
- The new CD, Never Gone, can be downloaded from their web site as well as the usual suspects (iTunes | Amazon | Rhapsody).
- The recently opened the Red Gorilla Music Festival at the South by Southwest Media Conference.
- They have appeared on seventy stations across the country through arrangement with Tinderbox Music.
- They will be appearing in round 2 of the Battle of Birdy's on October 29th. Be sure to get out and support your favorite bands at this great local music tradition.
- Though they traditionally donate a portion of all their album sales to charity, that feature is currently up in the air as they decide whether to continue allowing fans to choose their own charity, or simply donate a percentage to the Project Morry.
- Finer has been working with photographer Sierra Hoffman for video and photo production.
- You can also catch Stacy and Ethan's blog postings on Indy Mojo.
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|Darrin Snider is the OCD music nerd responsible for creating Indy In-Tune. By day he's a cloud engineer and business analyst, but he still hopes to someday be an overnight freeform disc jockey married to the local weathergirl who happens to be a former eastern-European supermodel.|
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