Few bands know the United States as well as Finn Riggins. Since the release of the group’s TLE debut in 2007, the Idaho indie rock outfit’s members have spent most of their time in a van together, at one point averaging over 200 shows a year. Which is not to say there’s any love lost between Finn Riggins and its home town of Boise. To the contrary, the band is heavily invested in and beloved by the local music scene, and keyboardist/vocalist Eric Gilbert is a founder of Boise’s high-profile Treefort Music Festival. And Boise loves Finn Riggins back. Among the band’s local supporters are local legends Built to Spill, who have enlisted the group as support on a handful of tours.
The collaborative brainchild of three music school graduates from the University of Idaho—Gilbert, Cameron Bouiss, and Lisa Simpson—Finn Riggins’ sound is defined more by raw energy and adventurous musical chops than by any sound that a concise description could quantify. The band has four releases on Tender Loving Empire, the most recent of which is the five-song Benchwarmers EP dropped in 2012. After its release, the band took a touring hiatus as Gilbert and Simpson had their first child. But Vera June isn’t the only new addition to the Finn Riggins family: The band recently added Travis Ward (Hillfolk Noir, Doug Martsch Trio) on bass.