Finest Dearest: 'Idaho' The San Francisco band, Finest Dearest, a self-proclaimed "dark indie pop band," is a group born and raised on the music of the 1980's and 90's: grunge, early indie rock, punk, hardcore, and riot grrrl. Their music and lyrics range from soft and sweet to rough and explosive.
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Finest Dearest: 'Idaho'

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Finest Dearest: 'Idaho'

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San Francisco based Finest Dearest, a self-proclaimed "dark indie pop band," is a group born and raised on the music of the 1980's and 90's: grunge, early indie rock, punk, hardcore, and riot grrrl. Their music and lyrics range from soft and sweet to rough and explosive.

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The band claims a "flurry of influences" such as Pavement, Blonde Redhead, and Sonic Youth, which inspired their "fuzzed out, bittersweet, and highly melodic sound."

Finest Dearest, got its start in the summer of 2004, in San Francisco. The members, vocalist Carly Schneider, keyboardist Cheryl Holloway, cellist, Mica Phelan, drummer Steven Treffers, and guitarists Christine Bolghand and Josh Luke, started out practicing together in Cheryl’s bedroom. It was then, they say,the Finest Dearest family was born.