Finneus is a four piece band based in the Chicago area. Their catalog of melodic, groove oriented original material is described as being similar to Blind Melon, Foo Fighters, Train and Big Star. Their juke-box-like list of cover material reads like a who’s-who of artists from every popular music genre heard on the radio today.
With a strong following of local and regional support, two independently released full-lengths, numerous road trips in the upper Midwest, college/specialty airplay, worldwide digital distribution and an award winning website, Finneus successfully continues to develop and embrace the DIY spirit as they entertain and expand their audience.
Members of Finneus have also performed and/or recorded with among others Screamin’ Jay Hawkins, LUCE, RnR Hall of Fame bassist Jerry Jemmott, Betty Dylan, bluesman Sam Cockrell, Kevon Smith (Buddy Miles Band) and Paris Delane (Sonia Dada).
Finneus' 2006 independent release 'Superstar and the Ballerina' is a deftly performed testament to their ability to write tight, catchy arrangements spanning the genres of hard rock, soul, alt-rock, emo and americana, all with a pop sensibility. The album's briskly paced ten song, 38 minute running time is indication that this is one band that knows it’s way around a well-crafted tune. From the pile driven guitar sound of Disenchanted and Four Walls, to pop feel-gooders like Song for You and Gentle Giant, to the combat folk of Ballad of a Stupid Person to the R&B influenced Inventing Heaven, ‘Superstar’ has something for everyone.
Recorded at the world class Studio Chicago, the album was co-produced with Gene Wolf (Spirit, Ides of March, R.E.O. Speedwagon, Universal Records, IEP Record Group).
Humbly describing themselves as the least connected band in Chicago, the Illinois Entertainer, Chicagoland’s most widely read music publication put it another way: "Finneus rules the undiscovered!"
Dave Bucher - Vocals, Bass
Steve Tannheimer - Guitar &Vocals
Jeff Dometita - Keyboards & Vocals
Brian Mickey - Drums & Vocals
Finneus - 1995
Translucent - 2002
Superstar and the Ballerina - 2006
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When surfing the Web, I sometimes come across a band whose sample music sounds really good. One such...When surfing the Web, I sometimes come across a band whose sample music sounds really good. One such band is Finneus. This Chicago area rock band had an album out called Translucent. I kind of wanted to get the album but it never happened. Then this year the band came out with a new album. This album was supposed to be even better than Translucent. I couldn't wait to find out. And I wasn't disappointed. The new album is top notch. But the album is much more than just great rock music. The styling of the songs mixes rock with soul, pop and Americana for a terrific sound. The title of the album is Superstar & The Ballerina.
Finneus has been around the Chicago rock scene for over 10 years. But they are beginning to get more than just regional exposure. With this new album, Finneus should be able to garner fans on a national and even international level.
As I said before, Superstar & The Ballerina is a top notch rock album. You only have to listen to one song off the album to realize just how good Finneus is.
There are samples from the album on the band's web site. The site is www.finneus.com . You can also check out their MySpace site at www.myspace.com/finneusband .
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(Review of Finneus' 2002 debut release, Translucent) "A band with energy and catchy, groove-oriente...(Review of Finneus' 2002 debut release, Translucent)
"A band with energy and catchy, groove-oriented beats, Finneus' debut album, Translucent, is the work of an experienced, talented group. From the beginning, 'Stretched,' an energetic funked-up piece to the slower 'Images,' Finneus doesn't disappoint. Great piano and guitars combine with Dave Bucher's soulful angry vocals (like on the hilarious 'What's Your Problem?') and the product is an eclectic compilation only waiting to be danced to. Definitely worth looking for, and probably a great band to see live, Finneus rules the undiscovered."
Foley Entertainment, Inc.
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(Summary review of 2006 release, Superstar and the Ballerina) "It's clear that this is a highly ski...(Summary review of 2006 release, Superstar and the Ballerina)
"It's clear that this is a highly skilled project. The scores are very high and you're headed in the right direction. I really liked the lead vocals!"
(Mr. Foley's clients have earned nearly 40 Gold & Platinum Records & three Grammy Awards)
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“I love how you guys mix the sounds around throughout the CD... every song had its own sound to it. ...“I love how you guys mix the sounds around throughout the CD... every song had its own sound to it. I like your sound throughout the entire album, and love how you guys are always changing it up...makes for a fun listening experience, and never gets boring.”
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“JEEEZZAZ This is one of the best sounding tunes I have heard on this site! Well at least it’s somet...“JEEEZZAZ This is one of the best sounding tunes I have heard on this site! Well at least it’s something I would totally headbang to in the car. I see you guys playing in front of 10K people. Very powerful singing…the singing gave me a small aftertaste of Alice in Chains for some reason. This is an awesome song!”
“Great stuff. Nice groove, nice guitar, great performance, well written. What more can I say. I don't hear anything wrong with this track. Good job on this track.... keep up the good work.”
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“Great production level on this song. The guitar tones sound killer. They sound very twangy, yet war...“Great production level on this song. The guitar tones sound killer. They sound very twangy, yet warm and slightly overdriven. This song sounds like it could definitely go somewhere. It’s very memorable and catchy. Don’t have much to pick at with this track, it’s as close to perfect as I think you guys can get it, great job, keep up the hard work!”
“Good vocal performance, band is tight. Interesting to hear a light message like "Just want to sing a song and bring a smile to your face" done with this type of energy and angst. Song sounds tough and gritty, but the lyrics are "soft".”
Finneus can do an extended three set evening or a sporty 45 minute sprint! The band will tailor its set to the nature of the venue, whether it be all covers, all originals or a percentage of either. Whatever gets the job done.
ORIGINAL MATERIAL: 30 songs +/-
COVER MATERIAL: includes the following (we have been known to take some liberties with arrangements):
Aerosmith --- Sweet Emotion
Bad Company --- Feel Like Makin' Love
Badfinger --- No Matter What
Ben Harper --- Steal My Kisses
Black Eyed Peas --- Let’s Get it Started
BoDeans --- Closer to Free
Buckcherry --- Crazy Bitch
Cracker --- Get off This
Collective Soul --- Gel
Cypress Hill / Led Zeppelin --- Rock Superstar/Kashmir
dada --- Dim
dada --- Dizzkneeland
Deadeye Dick --- New Age Girl
Dishwalla --- Counting Blue Cars
Eve 6 --- Inside Out
Fastball --- The Way
Fountains of Wayne --- Stacy’s Mom
Frank Zappa --- Guitar Wants to Kill Yer Mama
Gavin DeGraw --- I Don’t Wanna Be
Gavin DeGraw --- I'm in Love With a Girl
Goo Goo Dolls --- Slide
Goo Goo Dolls --- Big Machine
Hot Chelle Rae - Tonight, Tonight
Jason Mraz --- The Remedy
Jason Mraz --- I'm Yours
Jefferson’s Theme --- Movin’ on Up
Jesus Jones --- Right Here Right Now
Jimi Hendrix --- Fire
Lenny Kravitz --- Always on the Run
Lenny Kravitz --- Are You Gonna Go My Way
Linkin Park --- In the End
Linkin Park --- Somewhere I Belong
Luce --- Good Day
Maroon 5 --- Harder to Breathe
Maroon 5 --- This Love
Michael Jackson --- Thriller
O.A.R. --- This Town
Our Lady Peace --- Clumsy
Our Lady Peace --- Somewhere Out There
Outkast --- Hey Yeah
Red Hot Chili Peppers --- Give it Away
REM --- End of the World
Splender --- Yeah, Whatever
Steppenwolf --- Magic Carpet Ride
Stevie Wonder --- Superstition
The Bangles --- Walk Like an Egyptian
The Beatles --- Daytripper
The Black Crowes --- Remedy
The Black Crowes --- She Talks to Angels
The Fray --- Over My Head
The Killers --- Somebody Told Me
The Monkees --- Steppin’ Stone
Toad The Wet Sprocket --- Fall Down
Train --- Calling All Angels
Train --- Drops of Jupiter
Train --- Meet Virginia
Train --- Ordinary
Train --- Free
Train --- If It's Love
Train --- Hey Soul Sister
Train --- Get to Me
Train --- She's on Fire
U2 --- Desire
U2 --- Vertigo
Van Halen --- Jump
Velvet Revolver --- Falling to Pieces
Vertical Horizon --- You’re a God
Young MC --- Bust A Move