Emerging from Burlington, Ontario, a city of about 150,000 on Lake Ontario about 30 miles west of Toronto, Finger Eleven broke into the music scene in 1997 with their first record, entitled Tip. America got the album the following September but with a couple of changes. For example, the song Canadians know as “Consolation Day” was re-titled and re-recorded as “Awake and Dreaming.” Drummer Rob Gommerman left the band in 1998 and was replaced by Rich Beddoe. The other four members -- Scott Anderson (vocals), James Black (guitar), Rick Jackett (guitar) and Sean Anderson (bass) -- have been in the group since the beginning. The second Finger Eleven album, The Greyest of Blue Skies, was released in July 2000. It featured the big Finger Eleven song, “Drag You Down.” The album was produced by Arnold Lanni, a guy best known for his work with Our Lady Peace. Now the group has come out with their new, self-titled album, released in the early summer of 2003 and produced by Johnny K (Disturbed). The three years in between albums were anything but a waste of time. “We wanted to make sure we got it right,” says Scott. “Every day for 18 months we wrote and rehearsed and pieced together demos. Once we had some musical ideas on tape, I’d ride around in the Prelude with the stereo up way too loud. Lyrical inspirations were scribbled down on receipts, ATM slips, my arm -- whatever was handy. In the end, we had 30 songs to choose from.”
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