The Intelligence

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The Intelligence
L-R: Lars Finberg (guitar, vocals),Beren Ekine-Huet (drums), Susanna Welbourne (keyboard)
Background information
Origin Seattle, Washington, United States
Genres Post-punk
Years active 1999–present
Labels Dragnet Records
In the Red Records
Dirtnap Records
S-S Records
Plastic Idol Records
Associated acts A-Frames
Eat Skull
Children's Hospital
The Dipers
The Popular Shapes
Unnatural Helpers
Thee Oh Sees
Members Lars Finberg
Dave Hernandez
Pete Capponi
Drew Church
Petey Dammit
Past members Lee Reader
Nicholas Brawley
Matthew Ford

The Intelligence is an American lo-fi post-punk band from Seattle, Washington, United States, founded by Lars Finberg, drummer of the A Frames and Thee Oh Sees. They have released 9 albums, two EPs and a number singles, the latter often split with other artists.[1]


The Intelligence was formed by Lars Finberg. Since the late 1990s Finberg played in other bands with vocalist/guitarist Erin Sullivan, and bassist Min Yee (the Dipers, Unnatural Helpers).

A-Frames and the Intelligence started in 1999. Both acts released singles on Dragnet Records, the indie label Finberg runs with A-Frames members Erin Sullivan and Min Yee.

Main article: A Frames (band)

The Intelligence's first release was a 5 track 7" EP entitled Girlfriends and Boyfriends on Dragnet Records in 2000.[2] Three years later, two tracks featured on a split 7" with the Popular Shapes on Dirtnap Records.[3] This was followed by the two track "Test" 7" on S-S Records in 2003.[4] The following year, Finberg recorded some songs at home and with other musicians that were released on their debut album Boredom And Terror.[5] It was released as vinyl with an extra CD, the latter tracks were re-released on vinyl by Polly Maggoo in 2006.[6][7] After their debut, The Intelligence got signed to In the Red Records who released their second album Icky Baby in 2005.[8] In 2006 the four-track EP Boys Annoy 12" was released.[9]

The band opened two shows for The Fall at CMJ. The Intelligence first toured in Europe in 2006.

Country Teasers bassist Kaanan Tupper joined the band supporting the 2007 LP, Deuteronomy.[10][11]

In 2009, the band released Fake Surfers, featuring a number of guest vocalists and produced by Mike McHugh.[12] They also released Crepuscule With Pacman on the french label Born Bad Records.

Towards the end of the decade, Finberg had moved away from lo-fi recordings made by himself to studio-productions.[13] In 2010, the band released their seventh album, Males.[14] It was recorded with Karate Party/FM Knives guitarist, Chris Woodhouse who joined The Intelligence as a second guitarist.[15] It was followed in 2012 with Everybody’s Got It Easy But Me.[16]

In 2014, the record company re-released both the debut album Boredom and Terror and the content of the original bonus CD on vinyl.[17] In 2015, the band released Vintage Future,[18] and toured as support to FFS in September/October.[19]


  • Lars Finberg - vocals and guitar, drums, keyboards, drum machine
  • Dave Hernandez - guitar
  • Kaanan Tupper - drums
  • Drew Church - bass
  • Petey Dammit - guitar

Former members[edit]

  • Chris Woodhouse - guitar (Karate Party, FM Knives)
  • Calvin Lee Reader - guitar (Popular Shapes, Private Beach)
  • Nicholas Brawley - bass guitar (Popular Shapes, Roommates)
  • Matthew Ford - drums (Factums, Love Tan-formerly Pyramids, Yves/Son/Ace, Evening Meetings, Dream Salon)
  • Kurt Prutsman - guitar (The Professional Man)
  • Shannon McConnell - bass (The Fall-Outs, Pulses)
  • Dean Whitmore - drums (Unnatural Helpers, Idle Times)
  • Dave Ramm - drums (Pulses, Scraps)
  • Jed Maheu - bass (Unnatural Helpers, Zig Zags)
  • Susannah Welbourne (keyboards)
  • Beren Ekine-Huett (drums)
  • Pete Capponi - drums
  • TV Coahran - guitar, keyboards (Popular Shapes, Holy Ghost Revival, Gazebos)
  • Megan Welbourne Lunz - keyboards
  • Eric Lunz - guitar



  • Test/Bird Call 7" (S-S Records, 2004)
  • I'm Your Taxi/No Nurses/If I Had A Hammer 7" (Holy Cobra Society, 2006)
  • Message Of Love/Leopard Skin Pill Box Hat 7" (Disordered Records/Lo-Fi Records, 2007)
  • Debt & ESP/Chateau Bandit 7" (Plastic Idol Records, 2008)
  • Fido, Your Leash Is Too Long/Shitty World (Plastic Idol Records, 2008)
  • What Wine Goes With Eggs?/Sixteen & Seventeen (April 77 Records, 2008)
  • Reading and Writing About Partying/Like Like Like Like Like Like Like 7" (Raw Deluxe Records, 2009)


  • split 7" with Popular Shapes (Dirtnap Records, 2003)
  • split 12" EP with The Ohsees (MT. ST. MNT., 2008)
  • split 7" with [(Coachwhips)] (Omnibus Records)
  • split 7" with Crash Normal (Compost Modern Art, 2009)
  • split 7" with Unnatural Helpers (Dirty Knobby, 2009)


  • Girlfriends and Boyfriends 7" (Dragnet Records, 2000)
  • Boys Annoy 12" (In The Red, 2007)


  • Boredom and Terror CD/ LP + Bonus CD (Narnack Records, 2004) (bonus CD later re-issued by Polly Maggoo as "Let's Toil")
  • Icky Baby CD/LP (In The Red, 2005)
  • Let's Toil LP (Polly Maggoo Records, 2006) (re-issues Boredom and Terror Bonus CD and adds one track)
  • Deuteronomy CD/LP (In The Red, 2007)
  • Fake Surfers CD/LP (In The Red, 2009)
  • Crepuscule with Pacman CD/LP (Born Bad Records, 2009)
  • Males CD/LP (In The Red, 2010)
  • Everybody’s Got It Easy But Me CD/LP (In The Red, 2012)
  • Vintage Future CD/LP (In The Red, 2015)

Compilations appearances[edit]

  • "The Beat Goes On" on The Necessary Effect, Screamers Songs Interpreted (Extravertigo Recordings/Xeroid Records, 2003)
  • "The Universe" on Dirtnap Across The Northwest, (Dirtnap Records, 2003)
  • "Spies Like Us" on Babyhead LP, (S-S Records, 2004)
  • "Tropical Signal" on Static Disaster The U.K. In The Red Records Sampler CD, (In The Red, 2005)
  • "Secret Signals" on Subbacultcha! LP, (Gonzo Circus, Subbacultcha!, 2008)
  • "Partman Parthorse" on The Funhouse Comp Thing II CD (My Fat Ass Productions, 2008)
  • "Conference Call" on Puget Power 5 (Regal Select, 2009)
  • "The Beetles" on The World's Lousy With Ideas Volume 8 (Almost Ready Records, 2009)

AFCGT (A Frames Climax Golden Twins)[edit]

  • AFCGT 10" EP, Sub Pop, 2008


  1. ^ "Intelligence". Discogs. Retrieved 2015-11-02. 
  2. ^ "The Intelligence* - Girlfriends & Boyfriends". Discogs. Retrieved 2015-11-02. 
  3. ^ "The Intelligence* / Popular Shapes - The Intelligence / Popular Shapes". Discogs. Retrieved 2015-11-02. 
  4. ^ "The Intelligence* - Test". Discogs. Retrieved 2015-11-02. 
  5. ^ "Intelligence - Boredom And Terror". Discogs. Retrieved 2015-11-02. 
  6. ^ "Intelligence - Boredom And Terror". Discogs. Retrieved 2015-11-02. 
  7. ^ "Intelligence - Let's Toil". Discogs. Retrieved 2015-11-02. 
  8. ^ "Intelligence - Icky Baby". Discogs. Retrieved 2015-11-02. 
  9. ^ "The Intelligence* - Boys Annoy". Discogs. Retrieved 2015-11-02. 
  10. ^ "Testing Lars Finberg’s IQ". Seattle Weekly. Retrieved 2009-10-06. 
  11. ^ "Intelligence - Deuteronomy". Discogs. Retrieved 2015-11-02. 
  12. ^ "The Intelligence* - Fake Surfers". Discogs. Retrieved 2015-11-02. 
  13. ^ Clifford, Cory (June 20, 2012). "Interview: Lars Finberg of The Intelligence". Heave Media. Retrieved 2015-11-03. 
  14. ^ "The Intelligence* - Males". Discogs. Retrieved 2015-11-03. 
  15. ^ "Featured Content on Myspace". Retrieved 2015-10-25. 
  16. ^ "The Intelligence* - Everybody’s Got It Easy But Me". Discogs. Retrieved 2015-11-03. 
  17. ^ "Intelligence - Boredom and Terror / Let's Toil". Discogs. Retrieved 2015-11-02. 
  18. ^ "The Intelligence* - Vintage Future". Discogs. Retrieved 2015-11-03. 
  19. ^ Pearis, Bill (September 29, 2015). "The Intelligence released 'Vintage Future,' added to Franz Ferdinand/Sparks tour (dates, LP stream)". Retrieved 2015-11-03. 

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