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To the delight of their legions of loyal fans, Californian rock band Goldfinger are heading back out on tour. The band has been staples of the ska rock scene since their formation in LA in 1994 and, despite leaning towards a classic punk rock sound in their latter years, they retain the experimentalism that has made them such a legendary live act. Fans who buy Goldfinger tickets never quite know what they are going to see on stage; previous gigs have included the band dropping their guitars to play mandolins and interact with on-stage characters dressed in full animal costumes.
Goldfinger are planning to head to the UK, to the delight of their British fans. The band are due to perform at the Club Academy in Manchester, the O2 Academy in Newcastle Upon Tyne, the Slam Dunk Festival in Leeds, Wolverhampton and Hatfield, Motion and the Marble Factory in Bristol, Southsea's Wedgewood Rooms and The Globe in Cardiff. After the UK tour, the group are due to appear at the Amnesia Rockfest in Quebec, Canada.
Goldfinger are arguably as famous for their animal rights activism as they are for their music. They donated the popular track "What Gives You the Right" to the Southern Animal Rights Coalition benefit album in the late 1990s, and wrote a song called "Free Kevin Kjonaas" in support of a jailed activist.
Goldfinger formed in 1994 in Los Angeles. The original line-up consisted of John Feldmann on guitars and vocals, drummer Darin Pfeiffer, bassist Kelly Le Mieux and guitarist Brian Arthur. Recently, original guitarist Charlie Paulson has joined them on tour. Past members include former bassist Simon Williams. Goldfinger are considered to have contributed to popularising the third wave ska movement during the late 1990s.
Their eponymous debut album was an immediate hit for Goldfinger. The album sold well throughout the North American market. The magazine Alternative Press named it as one of the 10 Albums That Shaped 1996, and also gained them a sizable European fan base.
Following the success of Goldfinger, the band consolidated their success with follow-ups Hang-Ups and Stomping Ground. Their cover of "99 Red Balloons" proved immensely popular in Germany, and was included in film soundtracks and video games. The band has also released Open Your Eyes, Disconnection Notice and Hello Destiny to wide acclaim amongst the punk and ska community.
In recent appearances, the band has entered the stage to the whistle track from Kill Bill, which sets the tone for a gig that reaches cinematic heights of entertainment. The members often swap instruments with each other as they indulge in bouts of crowd surfing, leading to a fun, riotous atmosphere. In past gigs, a man in a rabbit suit playing Ted Nugent has appeared, chasing the band with a bow and arrow in reference to their animal rights activism. By the end of the gig, the whole crowd is often one big, ecstatic mosh pit - as is the stage."
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