The Fins 'get to the end' with debut albumBy Pete Castle
December 01, 2010
ONE of the area’s best-loved bands are due to step on stage on Saturday night as part of the culmination of a dream – to launch their debut album.
The Fins are promoting their first long player at the West End Centre in Aldershot at the weekend in a special celebration gig, with their many local fans expected to be in a celebratory mood.
The album, And When You Get To The End, was released this week on iTunes, Amazon and in some music shops, and the band have promised it is "a proper album" with some of their biggest live songs from the past few years and some previously unheard material.
The gig at the Westy – a favourite of The Fins for many years and backdrop to the video for a previous Christmas single – will mean a lot to the band’s members, and they pointed out that without the Queen’s Road venue the local music scene would have "virtually disappeared" following the death of the Tumbledown Dick in Farnborough.
"There’s nothing like playing to your home crowd and the West End Centre is possibly the last bastion for underground bands and entertainment since the Tumbledown Dick was closed," said bass player Rauf Jordan, who is from Farnborough.
The album launch follows on from a number of high-profile gigs, including playing at GuilFest and supporting The Young Knives at Aldershot’s newest music venue, The Palace, and being support for bands with a musical pedigree as high as Supergrass.
Singer Ryan Adger, from Camberley, said the album was a milestone in the band’s development.
"This is the first time we have been able to hold in our hands something that we feel represents the band’s true sound, where we are and where we are going," he said.
"A lot of effort has gone into it and a lot more is going into getting us out there and heard by as many people as possible."
Indeed, the effort even gave drummer Lawrence Arnold, also from Farnborough, a wrist injury that took weeks to recover from.
But with all members – including guitarists James Bending, from Fleet, and Aldershot’s Paul McDonald – now fighting fit, fans will be hoping that the Westy gig will be one to remember.
Tickets, costing £6, are available from www.westendcentre.co.uk or on01252 330040. Under-14s are welcome if accompanied by an adult.