September 20, 2007
A guitar, a keyboard, a drum set
Finn Riggins tours northeast with new CD
By Erica Febré firstname.lastname@example.org
Finn Riggins, a band from a ski town in Idaho, describe themselves as an indie post-punk experimental trio.
Finn Riggins is Cameron Bouiss on drums and vocals, Eric Gilbert on keys and vocals, and Lisa Simpson on guitars and vocals.
“We have some experimental sides to ourselves and kind of improvise a little bit; there’s also some indie rock influence. The post-punk reference comes from some of our influences, like Talking Heads or Blondie. There’s a little punk rock element but it’s also kind of funky and danceable, not just what you typically think of as punk rock,” Gilbert said.
Bouiss on occasion also works with the steel drum, drum pad and washboard. Gilbert also works with a synthesizer, organ, accordion, sampler and guitar. Simpson knows how to work a talk box as well as the keyboard.
Gilbert replaces all the bass lines, the one instrument they don’t play, with the keyboard while the guitar and drums balance out the sound.
“One thing that’s cool is having a female guitar player that can play the guitar and sing. That’s cool — and not having a bass player. We have a featured drum sound but all three parts are pretty equal” Gilbert said.
Finn Riggins is currently releasing a full-length album, A Soldier, A Saint, An Ocean Explorer, under Tender Loving Empire, an independent label in Portland, Ore. They have an EP available, A Whale, A Fish, which includes some of the featured tracks from the upcoming release.
“I think we write from a player’s perspective. We’ve been a live band for the most part and we play around with the songs a lot when we’re on stage. Like a lot of times we’ll improvise,” Gilbert said.
During their northeast tour, Finn Riggins joins Los Angeles-based ambient and alternative rock band Woven for several shows. Woven comes to Manchester in a vegetable-oil-powered RV, something that Finn Riggins is curious to check out themselves, aside from the music. Also joining the set is Manchester-based indie and alternative rock band The Wood Floors.
Catch ‘em live
Who: Finn Riggins, Woven, The Wood Floors (other bands will only join Finn Riggins in Manchester)
When: Thursday, Sept. 20, at Milly’s Tavern in Manchester; Friday, Sept. 28, at The Barley House in Concord.
Where: Milly’s Tavern, 500 Commercial St., Manchester; The Barley House, 132 N. Main St., Concord
For more information: Music samples and more details about Finn Riggins, Woven and The Wood Floors are available at myspace.com/finnriggins, myspace.com/woven, or myspace.com/thewoodfloors.
Who: Bird Bath Records presents Brown Bird, The Accident That Led Me to the World, The Low Anthem, The Vampires
When: Thursday, Sept. 13, 9 p.m.
Where: Eleven Eleven Nightclub, 1111 Elm St., Manchester.
For more information: Music samples and more details about the bands are available at brownbird.net or myspace.com/brownbird; myspace.com/theaccidentthatledmetotheworld or markmandeville.com; and lowanthem.com or myspace.com/lowanthem.