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The Fins aim for chart success with AdaptorBy Pete Castle
October 06, 2008
The Top 40 is beckoning for Farnborough’s biggest rock band - but they need your support.
The Fins, regulars of the area’s music scene over the past few years, have launched their debut single Adaptor with the hope that they will reach the hallowed turf of the singles chart this weekend.
Guitarist James Bending told the Farnborough Mail that getting into the charts was the band’s best hope of being heard by more people and hopefully going on to bigger and better things.
“There is no other band quite like us,” he said.
“This is not going to make us loads of money or anything like that. But we just want more people to know who we are and find out about our music.”
Bassist Rauf Jordan, who wrote the single, wants all music lovers in the area to help the band reach their goal.
“It is a collaborative thing, so join the project,” he said.
“Go online, go to Asda and buy the single and support your local band.”
While Rauf, James, singer Ryan Adger, drummer Lawrence Arnold and guitarist Paul McDonald don’t expect to give up their day jobs any time soon, they are hoping that the single’s success could lead to more exposure for their forthcoming debut album.
While The Fins are still mourning the loss of their home venue the Tumbledown Dick in Farnborough, currently closed for refurbishment, they are moving onto nationally-recognised venues in the weeks to come.
The single release will be celebrated on Saturday at the prestigious Barfly venue in Camden, where the band are playing at an Adaptor release party, and a short UK tour follows later this month, finishing up at Guildford’s Boileroom on October 26.
With downloads now just as important to a single’s success as sales of CDs, the indie rock outfit are pleading to all music lovers in the area to either get online and buy the tune this week from online music stores, or find it in stores on CD.
Early indications for the single’s success looks good, ending last week at Number Three of pre-release sales on the Hot Releases chart of online store Amazon.
It is now on general release, including hitting the shelves at Asda in Farnborough.
So far it has received top reviews with solid five-star ratings from the fans on Amazon.
Liz posted on the site to say: “It's a change from the usual stuff you’d expect from such a band — a little more raw, a little more personal, and so much more dance-worthy than anything I’ve heard recently. Can’t wait for the album.”
Buy your copy of Adaptor from Apple iTunes, Rhapsody, eMusic, Amazon, Napster, Verizon V-CAST, Liquid Digital Media, PayPlay, AudioLunchbox, Groupie Tunes or Ruckus.
Alternatively get down to Asda in Farnborough and buy the single. The Official Top 40 Singles Chart is announced on Sunday afternoon.