live band

The Find

Brief History

Matt and Ben began writing in mid 2004, which eventually led to numerous practice sessions in a rundown house, and an eventual debut performance at an acoustic night at The Old Library in Mansfield, November 04.

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Joined by Mark on bongos, and playing under the name PAM, this was the first of many gigs and featured 4 new songs.

Through 05-07 the band played numerous venues around the country, entered many competitions and continued to develop their unique sound of rock/pop/indie.

In 2008 the band were given the chance to record an EP in Nashville Tennessee with Alan Shacklock. Known for his work with the band Babe Ruth, and work with Roger Daltry, Chesney Hawkes and on numerous projects at Abbey Road in London, Alan produced 4 of the bands best songs (Blue Sky Dreams, Overcast, Work it Out and Bread & Jam).

The band continued through 08/09 promoting their new EP and playing across the country at venues including The Cavern Liverpool, Jericho Oxford, Rock City Nottingham.

In 2009 the band recorded their first video at the historical London Palladium, recording Blue Sky Dreams as a promo. The band also opted for a name change from PAM to the find, PAM was, as described by the band, As only a temporary name but lasted for 4 years!

The name PAM came out of frustration, in that the lads couldn t decide on a name. Ben, under the impression that everyone has an Aunty PAM or knows a PAM, chose the name.

The name the find came from Ben a few days prior to recording the video promo. It was a last minute decision to change the name, and as we needed a drum skin for the bass drum and our logo in the video, this was what we came up with

The band
Guitar/Singer/Songwriter Ben Hartley
Mansfield born Ben (29) currently works in a music store and comes up with most of the ideas for the songs. His influences include Smashing Pumpkins, Tom Waits amongst others.
Plays a Gibson through an Orange amp as well as playing a nice Telecaster, Epiphone and Avalon.

Bass and backing vocals Matt Taylor
Mansfield born Matt (29) currently works in Consulting and tries to sing. His influences include The Beatles, Paul Weller and New Order.
Plays a Gretsch or a Rickenbacker through an Ashdown amp.

Drummer and backing vocals Mark Smith
Mansfield born Mark (26) currently works for a well known retailer. His influences include Led Zeppelin and Babe Ruth.
Plays a lovely set of drums with an expensive snare.

Memorable moments to date:
Recording an EP in Nashville in Jan 08 with Producer Alan Shacklock
Recording a video promo at The London Palladium Jan 09 (of Blue Sky Dreams)
Playing a gig in Nashville and joined on stage by Phil Keagy on Cant Buy Me Love

Worst memories to date:
The Shed Leicester we finally played at 00:30hrs and after many hours were a little worse for wear.

music type
Indie/Rock/Powerpop - Live originals band (3 members)
available for
Any event including; Bar/Pub/Club, Events, Wedding, Party, Festival, Corporate,
Mansfield, Nottinghamshire, NG18 2AZ
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