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FINGER ELEVEN: TAKING THEIR OWN TIP TO THE CROWDS
Interview and individual band photos by James Hayashi-Tennant
Full band photos by Annamaria Disanto

A privileged few (you know who you are) already know the story: They're the Rainbow Butt Monkeys fans who followed the Burlington, Ontario band straight into the name change and right through their first album as finger eleven.

These are the folks who "knew them when," so they're already aware that finger eleven were cut loose by Mercury/Polydor just weeks after the album's release — and that's where the rest of us come in.

The finger eleven debut album, Tip, was re-released in early March on Wind-Up records (best known as the purveyors of Creed). The first single, "Quicksand," went Top 20 in the U.S. Backstage, at a sold-out show in Norfolk, Virginia, finger eleven divulge the secrets of their success. I think they call it "perseverance…"

This has been a pretty lengthy tour for a Canadian band in the U.S. Has it been difficult?

James Black (guitar): This leg has been tiring.

Scott Anderson (vocals): There hasn't been much down time. The drives start early because the press starts early. People are starting to be interested in what we're doing.

[There's some banter that follows, about the fact that the other band on the bill, a group of radio personalities, will not or cannot tear down their customized drum kit.]

Anderson: Things like this, we usually don't have to deal with. If the drums aren't gonna be struck… it's going to be annoying… anyway… is this being taped?

Yeah, but don't worry. Do you often have to deal with this kind of thing?

Black: Sometimes you walk into places and you know what to expect, but sometimes… [There's] a common courtesy that I think more bands should show to each other. Sometimes you don't see that. We're good friends with this band Vergos Merlot, and if we play with them, it's automatic. You go to the wall for the other band. We respect them and they respect us.



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