I’m about to introduce you to my favorite band and quite possibly, one of the most amazing bands you’ve never heard of. Fink is a trio from the UK led by Fin “Fink” Greenall (vocals and guitar), Guy Whittaker (bass) and Tim Thorton (Drums).
I found Fink back in 2009 completely by chance after seeing their name mentioned in a tweet. I gave them a listen and the rest is musical history.
One of the first things you notice about this band is the fantastic song writing. So many times, the lyrics just get right to me. Take the opening lines in “This is the Thing”…”I don’t know if you notice anything different. It’s getting dark and it’s getting cold and the nights are getting long. And I don’t know if you even notice at all. That I’m long gone.” This song makes me stop and pause every single time I hear it.
I listen to a lot of different styles of music and have a very healthy iTunes library but I always end up coming back to Fink. It’s just three guys, no gimmicks, amazing sound and powerful lyrics-honest music with no bullshit.
Fink came to the U.S. a few years ago but the closest venue to us was in Seattle at Neumos . We were so excited to finally catch them live. There was no question we were going. The timing was great too, it was just around our 16 year wedding anniversary. I think it’s fair to say that you go through a lot of ups and downs in that amount of time in a relationship and Fink’s music really speaks to both Jen and I on that level.
We had a great time at the show in Seattle. The venue was small and intimate-exactly what I dreamed for a Fink show. Tim was sitting at a booth doing the merch sales so we were lucky enough to be able to strike up a conversation and buy him a beer (or two) before the show. Guy was busy having a baby so it was just Fink and Tim finishing their west coast tour. They played the songs I really hoped to hear and it was just the perfect show for me.
Tim later sent me a test pressing of Perfect Darkness and I returned the favor by sending him something from Portland-Typhoon’s “Hunger and Thirst” album. Turned out they loved it. I love it when that kind of magic happens.
I keep in touch with Tim and I’ve been hounding him to get the band to Portland on their next tour. Well, that hounding finally paid off as they are coming to Portland on October 8. Even better, they’ll be at the Doug Fir Lounge. I’d like to think it’s all my fault 😉
Fink has a new album coming out in July called, “Hard Believer” that sounds great so far. Give them a listen and pick up a ticket if you’re so inclined. It’s gonna be a great show at a great venue!
So what’s the one band you can’t live without and why?