Dynamic, quirky and highly energetic indie rock trio Finn Riggins has made a name for itself around the West and the greater US as road warriors from the oft-overlooked state of Idaho over the last several years. Since the release of their debut album on Portland's beloved mom-and-pop label Tender Loving Empire in 2007, they have averaged close to 200 shows a year in 43 states -- including a massive 80-day tour around the entire perimeter of the US in the Spring of 2010. Most of this touring has been on the backs of their DIY ethic and wide open approach to the changing music industry. In 2009 and 2010 they did three different support tours with fellow Idahoans Built To Spill.
The collaborative brainchild of three music school graduates from the University of Idaho -- Cameron Bouiss, Eric Gilbert and Lisa Simpson -- Finn Riggins has always been a tough entity for the music industry to pin down. Their genre-defying approach to rock-n-roll has yielded a long stream of varied explanations for their sound over the years -- experimental pop, prog-pop, post-punk post-epic 70s rock, synth-driven indie rock, and so on. One consistent thread through most of the press raves over the years has been the fact that Finn Riggins' sound is unique and fresh and not adhering to any particular trend, all while being accessible through pop-hooks and an incredibly well executed and fun live show.
Since relocating to Boise, ID in early 2009 from the small mountain town of Hailey, ID at the foot of the Pioneer Mountain Range, Finn Riggins has taken an increasingly active role in the growing young music and art scene in Idaho's largest population center. They took their first extended break from touring in 2011 to further connect with their local scene and focus on writing and creating anew.
Finn Riggins toured in support of "Vs Wilderness" -- their second full length with Tender Loving Empire -- throughout 2009 and 2010. They have continued to play shows all over the West in 2011 while working on new material.
New Finn Riggins EP "Benchwarmers" will be released by Tender Loving Empire on 10" colored vinyl for Record Store Day on April 21st, 2012.