Finger Eleven Biography
Alternative-Rock band based in Burlington, a city of about 150,000 on Lake Ontario about 30 miles west of Toronto CANADA. Most of the members met at high school and came together as a funk-styled band named Rainbow Butt Monkeys. In 1995, the group comprised of vocalist Scott Anderson, guitarists James Black and Rick Jackett, bassist Sean Anderson and drummer Rob Gommerman, released their first album "Letters From Chutney".
Gommerman left the band soon after, making way for drummer Rich Beddoe. Now named Finger Eleven, the quintet released "Tip" on Mercury Records in Canada, which marked the band's turn to a heavier sound. In late 1998, the record was released in the States by Wind-up. Two singles lifted off the album, "Quicksand" and "Above", entered The Mainstream Rock chart reaching the #28 and #34 spots, respectively. They toured constantly in support of the album opening for the likes of Creed, Days Of The New and Fuel.
The band's second release, "The Greyest Of Blue Skies", arrived in July of 2000, its main single, "Drag You Down", took band's popularity to new heights in their native Canada, while the album cracked the top 20 of the Billboard Magazine's Top Heatseekers chart.
Three years later Finger Eleven resurfaced with its third offering, an eponymous album which soared into the top 5 of The Canadian Pop chart and reached the #96 position on The Billboard Top 200 chart going gold on the strength of the smash single, "One Thing"; the track has bulleted into the top 5 at Modern Rock radio outlets and hit #16 on The Billboard Hot 100.
In March 2007 the Canadian rockers released "Them Vs. You Vs. Me", which became another instant smash in their home country debuting at #2; in U.S. the 11-song set crested at #31 on The Billboard 200 spawning three acclaimed singles: "Paralyzer" shot to #1 on The Hot Modern Rock chart and to #6 on The Billboard Hot 100, "Falling On" peaked at #25 on The Hot Mainstream Rock Tracks and "I'll Keep Your Memory Vague" reached #30 on The Hot Modern Rock chart.
Finger Eleven's fifth full-length, "Life Turns Electric", arrived in October 2010, it reached #15 on the Top Canadian Albums chart and #92 on The Billboard 200. The first single, "Living In A Dream", earned the band another Active Rock top 10 hit Stateside and the follow-up, "Whatever Doesn't Kill Me", managed to scrape into the top 40. These two songs gained tons of airplay in Canada peaking at #1 on the national Rock chart and in mid-2011 they returned to the top 10 with the final single, "Pieces Fit".