Profiling acts breaking at radio and/or retail and entering Billboard’s charts.
OVER THE RAINBOW: Canadian rock act Rainbow Butt Monkey has come a long way. Since shedding its funk roots, winning a local radio contest and changing its name to Finger Eleven, the group has watched its latest single, “One Thing,” steadily make its way up Billboard’s Hot 100 list.
Taken from the band’s self-titled Wind-Up Records effort, the single entered the chart three weeks ago at No. 67 and rises to No. 49 this week. Almost a year after its bow at rock radio, a wider range of listeners is discovering the song, which climbs three places to No. 24 the Mainstream Top 40 chart.
Though its third studio set — which includes a bonus live DVD — was released last summer, it wasn’t until “One Thing” caught on at rock stations early this year that the group began to rope in sales. The song was featured on an April episode of the NBC sitcom “Scrubs” and took the best video honor at Canada’s 2004 MuchMusic Video Awards.
Lead singer Scott Anderson, bassist Sean Anderson and guitarists James Black and Rick Jackett formed the band in high school; drummer Rich Beddoe, who replaced original member Rob Gommerman, rounds out the band. The group hooked up with Wind-Up Records in 1998 to re-release its debut “Tip” in the U.S. — originally issued on Mercury Records in Canada.
“Greyest of Blue Skies” followed in 2000, but its “Finger Eleven” that puts the band on The Billboard 200 for the first time, where the set ranks this week at No. 136.
Finger Eleven has tour dates scheduled through November, and will appear on bills with labelmates Strata and Evanescence, as well as with Nickelback.
Artist site: fingereleven.com
Label site: wind-upent.com
REMEMBERING THE DEAD: Though U.K. audiences have had two years to get familiar with Welsh quintet Funeral For A Friend, its debut full length is finally making its way to the states.
“Casually Dressed and Deep in Conversation” (Ferret Music) made its debut on Billboard’s Top Independent Album chart last week at No. 26 and also bowed at No. 34 on the Top Heatseekers tally.
The group is drawing comparisons to acts like Jimmy Eat World with vocalist Matt Davies’ melodic emo style and the heavy metal backing of guitarists Kris Roberts and Darren Smith, bassist Gareth Davies and drummer Ryan Richards.
The group toured with Iron Maiden following the October 2003 Warner Music U.K. release of the album, and headlined this year’s NME Awards U.K. tour — which also included such hipster acts as the Rapture, Von Bondies and Franz Ferdinand.
Near the end of July, Funeral For A Friend hopped on the Projekt Revolution tour (with Linkin Park, Korn, Snoop Dogg, Helmet, Thrice, Ghostface and Less Than Jake, among others), which will keep them on the road in the United States for the rest of the summer.
Artist site: ffaf.co.uk
Label site: ferretstyle.com (Ferret Music)