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DAM_FINO (pronounced dam-fee-no) are a smart rock duo that sprung onto the London scene in 2018.
While the band is based in London, UK, Koby Geddes (vocals / guitars) and Ardie Worsley (vocals / drums) both originate from Sydney, Australia, only vaguely knowing each other before randomly reuniting in a bar on Portobello Road in 2017.
It turns out the pair worked the exact same job in the same company a year apart, toured alongside the same bands on separate music projects, before coincidentally making their exodus to the UK within the same week. The shared experience of relocating to London and the anguish of fleeting friendships in a foreign country provided the perfect impetus for writing music together.
The duo have somehow managed to produce the grit and force of a full rock band between two people. Their music is filled with powerful riffs and hooks owing to an alternative guitar and bass set up that triggers both tones from one guitar, some flashy drumming and strumming and some succinct vocal harmonies; sounding somewhere between Foals, Royal Blood, Billy Talent and Biffy Clyro.
There’s no doubt that DAM_FINO’s music has a hard rock edge to it, but it’s definitely been painted by the blend of genres that the two have played across in past musical ventures. Both songwriters and session musicians in their own right, Ardie and Kpby have collectively played in hip hop (Snob Scrilla), rock (Dividers, Seven Steady), ska (Bagster), dance (Midnight Pool Party), and pop (Jubilants) outfits to name a few. The clash in their experiences of playing different genres provides a basis for a unique sound.
DAM_FINO’s latest release, 'Stay the Same' talks about reinvention and a desperate desire to change, speaking volumes for a world that’s obsessed with creating fake personas. In their words:
"We wrote Stay the Same in a dingy little studio in north-west London in the middle of a freezing and blustery winter. It was at a time when we were still getting used to the ridiculously fast-paced city that we now call home, questioning why the hell we'd decided to move 10,000 miles to the other side of the world and start this band."
Staying true the band's background, Stay the Same was recorded and mixed between the band’s current home in London (Orpheus Studios) and hometown in Sydney (Electric Sun Studio).