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Alternative Name Stillwater
Contraband
Past Group Members see Members list below
Music Genre (Text) Hard rock
pub rock
Origin Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Year(s) Active 1972 (Stillwater)
1973 (1973)–1978 (1978) (Finch)
1978 (1978)–1979 (1979) (Contraband)
Record Label Picture
Rainbow
Eagle
CBS/Epic
Portrait
Associated Acts AC/DC
Skyhooks
The Angels
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Finch were an Australian hard and pub rock band, initially forming as Stillwater in 1972. By 1973 they had changed their name with the line-up of Peter McFarlane on drums, Owen Orford on lead vocals, Bob Spencer on lead guitar, and Tony Strain on bass guitar. They won a 2SM/Pepsi Pop Poll, earning a contract with Picture Records to release their debut single, "And She Sings" in January 1974. Their first album, Thunderbird, appeared in May 1976. In March of the following year Spencer left to join Skyhooks and the group went through various line-ups to settle with McFarlane and Orford joined by Mark Evans (ex AC/DC) on bass guitar. Their second album, Nothing to Hide, was issued in March 1978. Upon attempting to enter the international market they changed their name to Contraband by October that year. They issued a self-titled album in May of the next year but disbanded later in 1979.

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