Monday night sees Fin Greenall, Tim Thornton and Guy Whittaker, also known as Fink, performing live at the De La Warr Pavilion as part of their tour promoting latest release Hard Believer.
The album is inspired by life’s twists and turns, channelling hard-won triumphs and bittersweet experiences, and is a collection of songs from an artist at the peak of his powers.
But if songwriting is Fink’s solid foundation, then live performance is what keeps the band’s hard edge alive and kicking. Never workshy when it comes to touring, the band’s concert schedule for Hard Believer has already dwarfed even that of its predecessor, with a tour that started in Greece in June 2014, stretched across the summer festival season, to the USA and Canada in the autumn, and then with a mammoth European leg straddling the whole winter and early spring: 99 dates in total, in 27 countries, including keys dates at New York’s Williamsburg Hall of Music, Los Angeles’ El Rey Theatre, London’s Koko and a record three consecutive sell-out nights at Amsterdam’s Paradiso.
The new album’s scale has required the trio to add electric guitarist Chris Nicholls to their live line-up, along with Ruben Hein on keys. Inspired by Greenall’s new home in Berlin and his resurgent interest in electronic production, his series of mixes may stand in stark contrast to the band’s musical output of the past years, but the listener finds themselves at the same intersection of impassioned storytelling, manifest emotion and darkly beautiful ambience that Fink fans expect. Tickets £16 - book on 01424 229111 or www.dlwp.com