Don’t tell Fingers X’D they are a cover band. Then again, don’t tell the excited fans bobbing their heads to Brandon Welling and Fingers X’D (an alternative band from Trenton, Ontario) wailing his way through versions of Rebel Yell, and Sweet Child of Mine, that they’re not. Those were just a few of the great cover classics on their three day mini tour, which started in Belleville and stretched through Picton. On this mini-tour they landed in the Best Western of Oshawa last Saturday and we managed to score an interview with them.
Pronounced Fingers Crossed but shown as X’D for advertisement purposes, you might ask, who are they and how did they come up with that name?
“Long from the days when Fingers X’D formed we decided the name in hopes that we finally had something, and so we should always keep our fingers crossed that this band will work,” stated Brandon Welling. “One of our biggest accomplishments to date is that I finally feel I have attained a confident team to lead us into the future successfully.”
Fingers X’D has recently rearranged the band and added some new members. They told me that they had only TWO practices together. The show on Saturday night was their third time playing together in front of an audience and after seeing them live you would have thought they’ve been playing together forever. They are going to stick to playing covers until they’ve completed their new album with all new originals.
Brandon is the original founder of the band so let’s take a look at the rest…
Derick Beckford is the 20yr old lead guitarist who recently played with a high school band, fully equipped with a 20 person choir. Their group jumped on tour which took them through to P.E.I, Boston, Massachusetts, and Cleveland, Ohio. They also played at the Rock N’ Roll Hall of Fame, which attained them access to the infamous Graceland. As the tour came to a close, the band finished at none other than the Grand Ole Opry which Derick says, “Left me speechless, the size of the auditorium, the crowd, simply awesome!”
Bob Hart is the rhythm guitarist, and back up vocals. He told me, “I am just having fun again! In the past I was a leader of a punk band called Sofa King Addicted from Montreal and we had a music video surfing around Much Music in 2002”. Now Bob is just expected to do his part which he gladly does with a big smile, loving the new way of Fingers X’D.
Miss Lady Lee is the 2nd lead singer and plays the tambourine. She “is not only gorgeous!” states boyfriend Brandon, “but also very talented”. She has acquired eight years of choir experience, but according to everyone she is also apparently the shy type. I personally think she over came shyness during the interview, as well as while leading the boys on stage. When I asked her what she expects most from Fingers X’D, she did not hesitate to say “FAME”!
Justin Smithers is the talented drummer. He is now in his third year of drumming, with a musical background that also includes lead guitarist and lead vocalist in other bands. When I asked him how he came to be in Fingers X’D, Justin explained that only a short week ago he was checking out Kijiji one day and saw the ad for the band because they were looking for a new drummer. He answered it and the rest is history! ”Right now I’m learning Fingers X’D music but it’s a blast just to get out and play with these guys for the last three nights.” As for the future of the band he states “I’m very excited for the future of Fingers X’D!”
Fingers X’D has won numerous awards and battles that include, Super Nova Battle of The Bands 2010 and Rock Quest the Wolf 101.5 FM where they played at the Montreal House in Peterbourgh. Fingers X’D is presently number one in Reverbnation Alternative Rock Division in Quinte Region and number six in all of Canada for the same thing. One of their major supporters is 91X Loyalist College Radio in Belleville, ON.
I only had a few more questions that I felt could conclude a feature on Fingers X’D. I asked them to describe one of their shows and they seemed to enjoy this question immensely. “You never know what you’re gonna’ get, mostly just weird but friendly interaction between the band and fans”.
“We play just as hard for one fan as we would for six hundred fans!” says Miss Lady Lee, proudly.
I closed off my interview, confident I had what I needed to present to the public about Fingers X’D. I turned the floor over to anything they wanted to add, and Brandon nearly shouted, “We love to play and feel like rockstars! When we get to do an interview it’s an honour. We want to thank the Local Quinte Business for their ongoing support and of course, to our fans for being patient. Big things are about to come in the future. Stay tuned!”
Until the release of their next album, you can purchase their debut self-titled album with 11 songs and 2 hidden tracks that was recorded, mixed and mastered at D&B Recording Studios in Trenton, Ontario off of the Reverbnation Store at http://www.reverbnation.com/store/store/artist_1106079?item_type=music
I enjoyed my first interview on the record with Fingers X’D for Durham Entertainment. I would like to thank promoter Michael Cavallari from Best Western, and his Octaviens room for their hospitality. They treated us with the upmost respect.
To Fingers X’D, thank you for being my first feature article, and here’s to the bright future I see coming to all of us!