Treefort Music Fest Interview: Finn Riggins

Lindsey Scully / April 2, 2012
Photo credit: Lindsey Scully

Eric Gilbert, vocalist and keys for Finn Riggins, was kind enough to share a few minutes of his time during the busy weekend at Treefort, which was a rarity for Gilbert since he was helping organize the inaugural festival.

Sometimes the idea behind a band and its creation is not necessarily the reason they continue making music today. Finn Riggins intially began as a semi-concept band where the main character of the songs was named Finn Riggins, which in reality are two separate towns in Idaho. Finn Riggins, the band, was planning on creating songs based upon the character and his travels. Their first album, A Soldier, A Saint, An Ocean Explorer, was mean to encapsulate the character Finn Riggins as a spirit or ghostly being versus a human character. Finn Riggins will be releasing their 10″ Benchwarmers EP via Tender Loving Empire for Record Store Day on April 21. The EP is available for pre-order now, which you can read about here. This is the group’s second year participating in Record Store Day, 2011 they did a 7″ split with Boise-based Hillfolk Noir. The trio is also currently working on a new full-length album, which is expected to be released in late Fall or early Spring of next year.

 

 

The trio consists of Eric Gilbert, Lisa Simpson, and Cameron Bouiss. Finn Riggins makes upbeat experimental rock songs that made the crowd at their Treefort performance dance throughout the entire set. Gilbert, and Finn Riggins, had a huge hand in helping the first Treefort Music Fest come together. Not only did Gilbert help curate the festival, but he also helped get the local radio station, Radio Boise, in on the action. At almost every show during the four-day festival you could catch any one of the three band members either in the crowd or on the side of the stage enjoying every single second of this community-driven festival.

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