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In November of 2007 Finn Riggins' debut full length "A Soldier, A Saint, An Ocean Explorer" was released by Tender Loving Empire – an independent art, music and words label based in Portland, OR that had released their "A Whale, A Fish" EP two months prior for the band's first full U.S. Tour in September + October of 2007… Since then, the band has been touring the country relentlessly and in 2008 alone have played over 200 shows in 35 different states…
Finn Riggins is the result of a longtime collaboration between Cameron Bouiss, Eric Gilbert and Lisa Simpson. Having met while completing their music degrees at University of Idaho, the trio began playing music together in 2000, an endeavor that would ultimately culminate in what is now Finn Riggins. In August of 2006, Bouiss, Gilbert and Simpson quit their jobs and moved to Sun Valley, Idaho to stitch together the outlines of Finn Riggins at "the helibase" - a secret practice spot/tour launch pad. Practices yielded shows, shows yielded tours and by the end of their first year as a group, Finn Riggins found themselves a nationally touring act who lived as much on the road as they did at home.
Finn Riggins is an experimental indie rock trio with elusive influences, but commonly drawing comparisons to mish-mashes of artists like Talking Heads, Sonic Youth, The Clash, God Speed You Black Emperor!, Rush, Broken Social Scene, Architecture in Helsinki, The Breeders, Pink Floyd, Jean-Paul Sartre Experience, The Pixies, early Roxy Music, Goblin, Mute Math, Spoon, Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, Mates of State, The Velvet Underground, Brian Eno, Blondie, Muse, Magnetic Fields, Can, Pavement, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Battles, Fiery Furnaces, Throwing Muses, Chic, The Pretenders, Rainer Maria, Stereolab, Os Mutantes, Herbie Hancock, James Chance & The Contortions, Trans Am, etc etc etc.
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