If you love rock’n'roll… real, genuine rock’n'roll played by a band that knows their stuff… you will love Leadfinger! This seasoned band has been rockin and rolling around Australia since 2007 through 3 albums and a couple of EP’s and in February 2013 will release their 4th Album – No Room at the Inn through legendary label, Citadel Records. Songwriter/guitarist Stewart Cunningham paid his dues in bands such as Proton Energy Pills, Brother Brick, Asteroid B-612, The Yes-Men and more for 15 years before forming Leadfinger and has developed his own unique songwriting style that fuses roots, indie, blues and rock influences… along with hometown buddies Dillon Hicks, Reggie Screen and Michael Boyle the 4 piece Leadfinger have developed a timeless rock’n’roll sound and great songs that sits them comfortably in the same stinky bandroom as such luminaries as the Replacements, Big Star, The Rolling Stones, Wilco, Flamin Groovie’s, Sloan and Danny & the Champs… and classic australian rock’n’roll a la Sunnyboys, Celibate Rifles, Radio Birdman, Cold Chisel and You Am I.
April 8th 2011 saw the release of their 3rd album and most accomplished album – “We Make the Music” – locally through Impedance Records with international release through European label Bang! Records (home also to The Drones, Beasts of Bourbon and Kill Devil HIlls). We Make the Music was recorded through winter 2010 at Sydney’s Big Jesus Burger Studios with young gun JP Fung manning the controls. The band went for an authentic 70′s vintage analogue sound a la the records of Big Star, Flamin Groovies and the Rolling Stones – Exile on Main Street, trying to capture the real sounds of their instruments – they recorded live to tape, using vintage amps, microphones and guitars and even mixed the record on fly through the classic hand made Neve desk at BJB. The album has plenty of embellishment with percussion, piano, Hammond organ, Slide guitar, mandolin and lush acoustic guitars all featuring alongside the bands live set up of 2 guitars, bass and drums.
The thread that holds the album together is the key lyrical theme that emanates from the album’s title and grows into a stripped bare tell-all about the realities of playing in a band and making music for the fun and the love of the song…. not to say this is bitter or dark album by any stretch, rather a celebration of the relationships that bond a group of people into becoming real ‘band’……We Make the Music is Cunningham’s anthem/antidote to the music industry’s false prophets of hype and fake reality TV creations that can never replicate or live up to the quality and diversity of music created by real people in real bands who do it for the love of music, not for fame. The title song was inspired by the lines from the Gene Wilder movie/Roald Dahl novel beloved by kids and adults the world over Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory – ‘We are the music makers and we are the dreamers of the dreams…’