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Premiere: New Video By the Finns, Reuniting This Saturday

photos by Toby Weiss, via The Finns Facebook page

photos by Toby Weiss, via The Finns Facebook page

Premiere: New Video By the Finns, Reuniting This Saturday
By Jaime Lees
Mon., Nov. 25 2013

St. Louis indie-rock legends the Finns will reunite to play a show at Blueberry Hill’s Duck Room this Saturday. As with its previous reunion shows, this event is a must-see for fans of power pop or St. Louis music history.

This show also marks a bit of interesting Riverfront Times history. Nearly twenty years ago we “sponsored” a trip for the Finns to play at South By Southwest. In the pre-Internet days, SXSW was one of the best places for up-and-coming bands to get noticed, and we sent the Finns down South to represent St. Louis.

The Finns disbanded not long after that SXSW trip, but fans never stopped loving the music. In anticipation of its big show this weekend, the high-energy band had some old music video footage edited and put online. The video for “SkyVue” is charming and simple, just a bunch of old clips of the band in its practice space and cruising around at night in a sweet old ride.

The footage was originally filmed on VHS (with a VHS camera that cost “eight-hundred 1994 dollars,” according to guitarist Joe Thebeau), but it’s been masterfully edited and modernized by Brian McClelland of Blip Blap Video.

We’re proud to premiere the video of our old friends for you here. Check it out below.

Link: Riverfront Times

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Pale Divine – Critic’s Pick

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Pale Divine
8:00 p.m. June 29 @ The Pageant

w/ The Finns – Before he became the guitarist for a little-known band called Guns N’ Roses, hometown rock god Richard Fortus had a series of other bands and gigs. He’s done it all, from playing in Thin Lizzy and the Psychedelic Furs to founding Love Spit Love, but Fortus first found success with St. Louis rockers Pale Divine (née the Eyes). Pale Divine was well-loved in town and there have long been tales of mini-skirt mamas chasing after the band members like some kind of late ’80s version of A Hard Day’s Night. Opening up for Pale Divine is the Finns, another beloved local band of yesteryear, whose delicious power-pop jams haven’t been played live since the band called it quits in the mid ’90s.

— By Jaime Lees

link: Riverfront Times