Los Angeles quartet Goldfinger helped contribute to a U.S. ska-punk movement in the mid-to-late ‘90s along with Rancid, No Doubt, Sublime, and The Mighty Mighty Bosstones. The group was originally formed in 1994 by guitarist/singer John Feldmann and bassist/singer Simon Williams (who were both working at the same shoe store at the time), in addition to drummer Darrin Pfeiffer. A friend of Feldmann’s, Charlie Paulson, signed on shortly thereafter, playing his first show with the group just a day after being given a tape of their songs to learn.
The band’s fate turned when their song, Here In Your Bedroom, was added into rotation on KROQ in Los Angeles, and everything changed. Soon they were touring the world, opening up for their heroes, and then by the mid-2000s, becoming legends in their own right. In 1996, they broke the Guinness Book of World Records for most shows ever played by a touring band with 385 shows played.
Goldfinger embodies pure punk and built a reputation for starting physical fights with off-duty police officers lead by their drummer, guitar player, and bus driver. They were even banned from national television after their drummer flipped Conan O’Brien over his head during an interview.
Goldfinger has released 7 full-length albums, sold millions of records worldwide, and been instrumental in helping to launch the careers of many of rock’s top acts. They still continue to release music and are signed to Big Noise Music Group.