In 2003 Rick Fink started a band with the express purpose of defying category. Early on, the Gas House Gorillas became a virtual who’s-who of the Rockabilly, Swing and Blues communities, sort of a wise-guy Jump Blues band from Hell. From the beginning, the band built a solid reputation through constant touring and fearless take-no-prisoners performances.
As the years went by, Rick continued to hone his skills as the main songwriter and the band continued to hone its high-energy Roots Rock approach with a more Punk aesthetic, creating a sound all their own and gaining an ever growing and devoted fan base. Summer 2013 saw the release of Punk Americana on Lanark Records, which became the #1 and #2 most downloaded album in the country, competing against national and international recording artists.
In 2015 the band released their final album SHUT UP! on Stoopid Brute Records™. This album showcased the Gorillas’ music at its most eclectic. Big Band Swing, Rockabilly Rave Ups, Hard Core Punk and even sweet Pop music stood side by side on this one. GHG continued to tour throughout the next couple of years, culminating with their first European trip in the Summer of 2017. After almost 15 years the band decided to call it quits in the fall of that year.
In the aftermath, Rick realized that his songwriting had become way more Fountains of Wayne than Horton Heat. He began woodshedding the Pop sound he had been wanting to pursue for years.
In 2018 Rick and producer Harley Fine began working in earnest at Super 70 Studio in Beacon, NY on what would be the singer songwriter's first solo recording. They started with nothing but Rick Fink and his guitar, fleshing out the arrangements themselves and bringing in other musicians where needed. The results were a breezy blast of Power Pop and Rock n Roll with sweet harmonies, edgy lyrics and a touch of 70's Glam.
THE INFINITE NOW & THEN
Available everywhere May 20th, 2019
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Late 2019 also saw the emergence of Rick Fink the solo performer for the first time. Armed with only a guitar, his home-made vintage tweed suitcase drum (played with his feet!) and a platinum voice, the former Gorilla front man is ready to hit the road once again. Available for booking now!
Check out a review of GHG's final release Shut Up! (2015).