HOME TOWN: Martinez, California
Scott Rose (vocals)
Sergio Reynoso (guitar)
Jesse Del Rio (bass)
Kirk Shelton (drums)
"There's enough love songs in the world," says Scott Rose, the hyperkinetic frontman and principal lyricist for Fingertight, a high-intensity post-punk rock 'n' roll band breaking out of its Bay Area incubator with the release of In The Name Of Progress, the group's eagerly-awaited first full-length album on Columbia Records. The evolution of the Fingertight sound began in the shadows of the oil refineries of Martinez, California, in the mid 1990s when Kirk Shelton, Sergio Reynoso, and Jesse Del Rio -- in the great working class rock tradition -- decided to form a band. "Why does any teenager form a band?" Kirk. "For us, it was to live out our dream. In the beginning, it was to be able to play music forever, to not have a job where you have to kiss the asses of people you hate. Having a 9-to-5 job sucks, school sucks, music is something we were good at, something we enjoyed and that's what we wanted to do." After experimenting with different instrumental configurations, Jesse shifted from drums to bass and Kirk took over as principal tubthumper. "That day," remembers Kirk, "we became Fingertight." The name, it turns out, came from Kirk's experiences working in a hardware store. Reading the instructions for building a wheelbarrow, he'd seen the words -- "assemble fingertight" -- and applied the directions to the new band. The Fingertight core instrumental axis of Kirk, Sergio and Jesse was already strong enough to secure the band gigs at local venues. Meanwhile, in the neighboring Northern California Bay Area town of Concord, Scott Rose was working in his father's electrical wholesale store and writing and singing songs for his own enjoyment. Scott had been "raised on oldies: 50s, 60s, 70s music, Motown and the Beatles." Then one night, Scott went to a Fingertight show, loved what he saw and heard, and arranged to audition for the band. A short time later, in late 1998, Scott hooked up with Fingertight at the group's rehearsal space. "On the first day Scott auditioned," Kirk says, "we just jammed this song and Scott had lyrics for it and it fit perfectly." Scott has his own version of that day, "I just had to think of something on the spot!" Scott's lyrical flow, quick wit, and vocal prowess were the magic ingredients Fingertight needed. The fully realized Fingertight line-up began to write and perform their new material, recording the group's first seven-song CD, Meantime Between Failures, in 1999. They sold their indie CD at their shows and on consignment at local record stores. Eventually, Meantime Between Failures became available on some underground websites. Fingertight pressed an initial 1,000 copies, sold them and used the money to make t-shirts and another 1,000 copies of the record. The members of Fingertight were doing their own flyering, own promotion, sending out their own mailers, manufacturing and distributing their own CDs, making their own t-shirts, and running their own website. With Kirk as resident Webmaster promoting the band online, www.fingertight.net helped introduced the band to a worldwide Internet audience. In fact, Fingertight has received emails from fans across the United States, South America, Thailand and Japan. Fingertight also "played two or three shows every weekend for a year and a half straight." Bringing in SRO crowds to local community centers and Veteran's Halls. "The bulk of the shows were community centers," remembers Scott. "Those are the best shows because they're all ages. We actually made it a point to not book '21-or-over' shows." Week after week, Fingertight was building a stronger following. What began as a circle of friends was expanding exponentially. Fingertight was becoming a staple of the Greater Northern California music scene, based on the fiery cut-loose tear-down-the-walls positive energy of the band's shows. Since 1998, Fingertight has shared bills with Papa Roach, Dredg, and Trapt at shows in the Bay Area. Fingertight's early independent releases reached the ear of Chicago-based producer Johnny K (Disturbed) who invited the group to the Windy City to cut some tracks at his studio. Committed to their Chicago sessions, the members of Fingertight piled into Sergio's Astro van, driving from Northern California to Chicago during the national commercial airline shutdown following September 11, 2001. Once in Chicago, Fingertight cut three songs with Johnny K. Those three songs -- "Speak In Tongues," "Guilt" and "Bellevue" -- would open the door to major label interest as well as become centerpiece tracks on In The Name Of Progress. Signing with Columbia Records after flirtations with several majors, Fingertight got down to the serious business of recording In The Name Of Progress. Going into Sound City Studios in Van Nuys with the production team of Tobias Miller and Bill Appleberry (Adema, The Wallflowers), Fingertight created an album full of the music that theprp.com described as "....flushed with passion rife with melody and anger. Dense harmonies cradle the tormented vocals while vicious riffs and soothing melodies crash into pacified epic song structures....A vast vocal range is achieved with notes skillfully held hitting high tones that raise the music to a shimmering plateau...."