One of Canada’s best-selling bands, Juno Award-winning rockers Finger Eleven have built a long-lasting legacy with their genre-defying sound (spanning cathartic metal and alt-rock balladry to danceable funk, power pop, and beyond) that continues to keep fans on their toes. The band’s story begins in 1990, when Scott Anderson (vocals), Rick Jackett (guitar), James Black (vocals, guitar), Sean Anderson (bass), and drummer Rob Gommerman (later replaced by Rich Beddoe) began playing together in high school. In 1995, the Burlington, Ontario five-piece released their debut, Letters from Chutney, under the moniker “Rainbow Butt Monkeys,” before recording their first LP as Finger Eleven, Tip. The album, which was produced by Arnold Lanni (Our Lady Peace, Simple Plan), caught the attention of Wind-up Records, who signed the band in 1997 and re-released Tip a year later.
Non-stop touring with bands like Creed and Fuel, as well as a spot on the Vans Warped Tour helped the band break into the US market with singles like “Above,” a Top 40 hit on Billboard’s Mainstream Rock chart. The band continued the momentum with The Greyest of Blue Skies (2000). Featuring the singles “First Time” and “Drag You Down,” the album landed at No.17 on the Canadian chart, where it was certified Gold. It would be their self-titled follow-up, however, that would make Finger Eleven international stars.
Produced by Johnny K. (Disturbed, Plain White T’s, Megadeth), 2003’s Finger Elevenmarked a new era for the band. Praised by AllMusic as their “most confident and sincere statement to date,” the album found the band exploring a variety of new styles, including dance-rock (“Good Times”) and introspective, acoustic-driven balladry (“One Thing”). In addition to breaking into the Billboard 200, Finger Eleven peaked at No.4 in Canada and topped Billboard’s Heatseekers Albums chart. The Juno-nominated “One Thing,” meanwhile, was a Top 20 hit in the US and landed in Canada’s Top 30. As a testament to the song’s broad appeal, it also peaked at No.2 on Billboard’s Adult Top 40, No. 11 on Mainstream Top 40, and No.5 on Alternative Airplay.
Finger Eleven returned to the studio with Jonny K. for their fourth album, Them vs. You vs. Me. Released in 2007, it would become their most successful release to date, earning the band a Juno Award for Rock Album of the Year and peaking at No.2 in Canada. The funk-forward single “Paralyzer” also earned the band a Juno nod and multi-platinum sales on both sides of the border, hitting No.3 in Canada and peaking at No.6 after spending 52 weeks on the Billboard Hot 100, a unique feat for a rock band. The single would go on to enjoy massive airplay setting a record for most consecutive weeks at No.1 by a Canadian band on the Canadian Rock charts. Other favorites from the album included the chart-topping power-pop track, “Falling On,” and the break-up anthem, “I’ll Keep Your Memory Vague.” The band snagged another Juno nomination with 2010’s Life Turns Electric, which featured the dance-rock hit, “Living in a Dream.” The song, which topped the Canadian Rock chart, also landed at No.13 on Billboard’s Hot Rock Airplay and Hot Rock & Alternative Songs charts, thanks in part to its use as the official theme song for 2011’s WWE Royal Rumble. Another fan favorite track is “Slow Chemical” – a 2002 cover and remix of wrestler Kane’s entrance theme. The song was played during Kane’s appearances on WrestleMania, as well as in the video game WWE Smackdown vs. Raw 2008 and the 2004 Marvel film, The Punisher.
Finger Eleven, which currently includes original members Scott Anderson, Sean Anderson, James Black, and Rick Jackett, plus drummer Steve Molella (who joined the band in 2013), released their critically-acclaimed seventh studio album, Five Crooked Lines, in 2015. Since then, they have remained active on the road and enjoyed their legacy as one of Canada’s biggest bands.