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Goldfinger Biography

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Birth Place: Los Angeles, California
Years Active: 1994-present
Genres: Pop Punk, Ska Punk

Goldfinger is a pop/punk/ska punk band that formed in 1994 and hail from Los Angeles, California. Currently, the band is composed of vocalist/guitarist John Feldmann, guitarist Charlie Paulson, bassist Kelly LeMieux, and drummer Darrin Pfeiffer. The band came together when Feldmann and co-founder Simon Williams worked in the same shoe store. The duo recruited the other band members and self-released an EP, “Richter,” which was met with positive reviews and received airplay on college radio. As a result the band was offered a record deal with Universal Records.

The band's debut album, “Goldfinger” arrived in 1996, producing the hit song, “Here in Your Bedroom.” The album and single were instrumental in cementing the band's growing popularity. The band's second offering, “Hang-Ups,” was released a year later in 1997. The album was not as successful as the band's debut, but was a hit with their loyal fan base. Williams left the band after the release of the album and was replaced by LeMieux. Goldfinger's third studio album, “Stomping Ground,” appeared in 2000 and was a commercial failure. The band was dropped from their label and eventually signed with Maverick Records and put out “Disconnection Notice” in 2005. Goldfinger didn't last long with Maverick and signed to Side One Dummy in 2007.

2008 marked the release of the band's sixth full-length, “Hello Destiny,” and North American tour with Less Than Jake in support of the album. In addition to the U.S. dates, the band played the Reading and Leeds Festivals in England. Feldmann began producing for other artists around this time as a side project, and helped sign the band, Unloco to Maverick Records. 2010 saw Goldfinger play a number of small shows on a west coast tour with Reel Big Fish. Original bassist, Simon Williams, rejoined the band to play a number of these shows, which was the first time Williams had played with the band in over ten years.