If you were around in the late seventies and early 1980's you probably were aware of an energetic neo-trend that grew up along side and within the Punk and so-called New-Wave Rock’n’Roll scene. It was a revival of what might be considered the first real rebellious teenage music genre that arose in the 1950's. It was called Rockabilly and right in the heart of it all was Finn & the Sharks. The band had a reputation for rocking hard and had an enthusiastic following whenever and wherever they played.
They recorded a four song EP entitled "Innercity Rockabilly" on their own label, Rebel Records (no relation to the Bluegrass label out of Charlottesville VA.) There was also a video of the title song that featured the band performing at the old Lonestar Cafe and at The Office which was their home base in Nyack NY. It was shown on MTV and also on the fledgling cable network Showtime. It got a lot of play in the club scene especially on the 'rockabilly nights' that became an obligatory part of the club calendar for a few years. These recordings, along with 16 more, are available on UpSouth Recordings 2005 release, “Shark Therapy”.
Finn & the Sharks do not fit neatly into the 'rockabilly' category. Their influences are broad and deep. Along with rockabilly, the band could shift to blues, swing, soul, doo-wop and roots rock without losing that element of youthful exuberance that marked the music of the 50's and early '60's. The band members, individually and collectively, are longtime music industry journeymen whose list of credits include having worked with B.B. King, Dave Edmunds, Wilson Picket, Sam & Dave, Robert Gordon, Sleepy LaBeefe, Commander Cody, Asleep At The Wheel, The Psychedelic Furs, Joe Ely, David Bromberg, Lenny Kaye, Wayne Kramer, The Sun Rhythm Section w/ Sonny Burgess & DJ Fontana, Luther Allison and many others. Steven and Eddie backed up Carl Perkins in the feature film, "The Other Side Of Nashville," while Jimmy played bass on a single called, "Let's Put The Fun Back In Rock’n’Roll," that featured Bo Diddley, Freddy Cannon and members of Dion's Belmonts. Billy and Muddy Roues have written and/or recorded with Vassar Clements, Johnny Johnson, Robert Junior Lockwood, Buddy Guy, Albert Collins, Bo Diddley, rapper DMC and Muscle Shoals greats Dan Penn and Spooner Oldham. Billy has also written songs with Danny Flowers ("Livin' On Tulsa Time") who co-wrote "Don't Get Me Started” which is featured on this CD. He has also written with Lonnie Mack and Jo El Sonnier. Brother Steven "Muddy" Roues played blues harp behind John Lee Hooker. Drummer, Eddie, plays a section on Pink Floyd’s “The Wall.” All are songwriters of some note and their songs have been covered by other artists and have also appeared in the soundtracks of movie and television productions throughout the world.
Their live shows are legendary for being high energy, heart pumping and roof shaking affairs. They are not to be missed!
Finn & the Sharks are:
James Finnen (lead vocals, standup bass, guitar and baritone sax),
Billy Roues (lead guitar and vocals)
Steven "Muddy" Roues (stand up bass, acoustic guitar, harmonica and vocals)
Ed "The Hammerhead" Steinberg (drums and vocals)