Stiff Little Fingers will be stopping by The Fine Line on Monday, October 14th. I’ve only ever caught the singer opening up a different show as a solo act so I am beyond stoked to finally catch this entire iconic band.
Stiff Little Fingers were formed in 1977 in Belfast, Ireland. Along with the likes of the Clash, Sex Pistols, The Jam, Buzzcocks, Undertones, Sham 69, Stranglers, et al – Stiff Little Fingers were at the forefront of the punk movement. They wrote initially about their own lives, growing up at the height of The Troubles in Northern Ireland, in songs like “Suspect Device” and “Wasted Life”. In November of ’77, they released those two songs on their own Rigid Digits label, and sent a copy to BBC Radio One DJ John Peel, who started playing it every night.
These were the first of what became SLF’s signature style: lyrics that meld the personal and political, music that combines the energy of punk with infectious hooks, and delivery that rings of honesty and commitment. In 1979 they became the first band ever to hit the UK top 20 album charts on an independent label with their debut Inflammable Material. The album chronicles the band’s anger and frustration at “the Troubles” in Northern Ireland, and calls on youth to create their own reality.
The Avengers will be opening up the show.
The Avengers were one of the first and most influential female-fronted punk bands in the US. In two short years, June of 1977 to June of 1979, singer Penelope Houston led The Avengers in just over 100 performances, from the Mabuhay and the Masque to supporting the Sex Pistols at Winterland (that group’s legendary final show). They headlined shows with X, the Go-Go’s, and the Dead Kennedys.
During their brief existence, The Avengers released the We Are The One 7″ on Dangerhouse Records and the four-song 12″ EP on White Noise. In 1983, drummer Danny Furious and bassist Jimmy Wilsey gathered together these and other studio recordings for the full length self-titled LP — the infamous “Pink Album” — which would soon become the band’s essential release.
Tickets are still available HERE!
Remaining Tour Dates:
Oct. 9 – Portland, OR – Hawthorne Theater
Oct. 11 – Salt Lake City, UT – The Depot
Oct. 12 – Denver, CO – Gothic Theatre
Oct. 14 – Minneapolis, MN – Fine Line
Oct. 15 – Madison, WI – Majestic Theatre
Oct. 18 – Pittsburgh, PA – Jergels
Oct. 18 – Chicago, IL – Bottom Lounge
Oct. 19 – Philadelphia, PA – Underground Arts
Oct. 20 – Boston, MA – Brighton Music Hall
Oct. 22 – Brooklyn, NY – Warsaw
Oct. 23 – Washington, DC – Black Cat
Oct. 25 – Carrboro, NC – Cat’s Cradle
Oct. 26 – Atlanta, GA – Masquerade Heaven
Oct. 27 – Nashville, TN – Basement East
Oct. 29 – Austin, TX – Barracuda
Oct. 30 – Dallas, TX – Trees
Nov. 1 – New Orleans, LA – House of Blues
Nov. 2 – Pensacola, FL – Vinyl Music Hall
Nov. 5 – Ybor City, FL – Orpheum
Nov. 6 – Orlando, FL – The Plaza Live