Finch (Australian band)


Finch (Australian band)
Finch
Also known as Stillwater, Contraband
Origin Sydney, Australia
Genres Hard rock
Years active 1973–1978 (Finch)
1978-1979 (Contraband)
Labels Picture
Rainbow
Eagle
Epic
Portrait
Associated acts AC/DC
Skyhooks
The Angels
Past members
Mark Evans
Bob Spencer

Finch was an Australian hard rock band, initially formed in Sydney as Stillwater in 1973, they soon became Finch. In 1973 they won a 2SM/Pepsi Pop Poll, winning a contract with Picture Records who released their first single in 1974 (while guitarist Spencer was still in high school).[1] In 1978, after signing a deal in the US with CBS Records subsidiary label, Portrait Records, Finch was changed to Contraband (due to the existence of the Dutch band also named Finch).[1][2] Earlier Finch material was re-released under the Contraband name but they broke up in 1979.[2]

Former band members include Mark Evans (AC/DC) and Bob Spencer (Skyhooks, The Angels).[1][2]

Members

Listed alphabetically:[1][2][3]

  • Barry Cram — drums 1978–1979
  • Mark Evansbass guitar 1977–1979
  • David Hinds — guitar, vocals 1977–1979
  • Matt Hughes — organ 197?
  • Chris Jones — guitar 1975–1977
  • Graham Kennedy — guitar, vocals 1973–1979
  • Peter McFarlane — drums 1973–1978
  • Sam Mallet — guitar 1976–1978
  • Owen Orford — vocals 1973–1979
  • Sketa Pereira — guitar 1977–1978
  • Gary Quince — guitar 1973–1976
  • Bob Spencer — guitar 1973–1977
  • Tony Strain — bass guitar 1973–1977
  • Graham Thompson — bass guitar 1977–1978

Australian discography

Finch

  • "Out Of Control" 7" single (Picture Records - picture disc, April 1974)
  • Drouyn soundtrack LP – 3 tracks only: "Sail Away", "Roses", "Lady of Truth" (Rainbow Records, October 1974)
  • "Stay" 7" (Eagle, April 1976)
  • Thunderbird LP (Eagle, May 1976)
  • "Short Changed Again" 7" (Eagle - picture cover, December 1976)
  • Long Live the Evolution compilation LP – 1 track only: "Short Changed Again" (2JJ, released late 1977, recorded December 1976)
  • "One More Time" 7" (Epic, November 1977)
  • "Where Were You" 7" (Epic, February 1978, re-issued on Portrait under band name Contraband)
  • Nothing to Hide LP (Epic, February 1978, re-issued on Portrait under band name Contraband)
  • "Nothing to Hide" 7" (Portrait, May 1978)

Contraband:

  • "That’s Your Way" 7" (Portrait, October 1978)
  • Contraband LP (Portrait, May 1979)
  • "Rainin' Again" 7" (Portrait - picture cover, May 1979)
  • "Gimme Some Lovin'" 7" (Portrait, June 1979)

References

  1. ^ a b c d McFarlane, Ian (1999). Encyclopedia of Australian Rock and Pop. Allen & Unwin. ISBN 1-86448-768-2. 
  2. ^ a b c d "Finch/Contraband". Australian Rock Database. Magnus Holmgren. http://hem.passagen.se/honga/database/f/finch.html. Retrieved 2009-04-05. 
  3. ^ Spencer, Chris (1989). Who's Who Of Australian Rock (2nd ed.). The Five Mile Press. ISBN 0 86788 213 1. 

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