Biography – The Rainband, the story so far…

With the launch of their debut EP, The Prodigal, The Rainband want to wrestle music back from the soulless and the fakes.

Founded in 2009 by lead singer Martin Finnigan and guitarist Phil Rainey – who made his name with Peter Hook’s cult combo Monaco – they were completed last year when bassist Paul Daggatt and drummer Steve Irlam joined the ranks.

Nominated 2010 Band of the Year by The Natter magazine the lads were signed to Manchester’s independent label, Affinity Records. Following this they secured major support slots for Simple Minds, The Charlatans and Ocean Colour Scene.

The band’s influences run deep, taking listeners on a journey inspired by acts such as Joy Division through to The Doves. They are currently writing and recording their first album & have a rack of major dates for 2011.

The Rainband also wrote the soundtrack to a book called Broken Youth, a gritty novel about life growing up in Manchester written by local author Karen Woods which is now being made into an ITV drama.

Martin said: “Simple Minds’ manager heard me & Phil play Broken Youth acoustically on a radio show and asked to hear the full band version. They played it to Jim Kerr & he loved it!

“Next thing I knew Jim himself rang me up to ask us if we would support them on their upcoming tour – I thought it was one of my mates messing around – but it was actually him – we are big fans so it was pretty amazing.

“I think we are the sound of the new dawn for independent guitar music and 2011 is the year guitar based songs wrestle music back from the soulless and the fakes.”

The Rainband have gained an impressive collection of plaudits from musical heavyweights including Elbow and Peter Hook.

Live favourite, The Prodigal featuring Rowetta is out in November this year and is available to buy on iTunes and from all good record stores.

The Manchester four-piece can boast a sell-out UK promo tour, including what will be victorious homecoming at The HMV Ritz on December 18th.