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, USA
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
Members Lars Finberg
Dave Hernandez
Pete Capponi
Drew Church
Past members Lee Reader
Nicholas Brawley
Matthew Ford (musician)

The Intelligence is a lo-fi post-punk band from Seattle, founded by Lars Finberg, drummer of the A Frames.


The Intelligence was formed by Lars Finberg. Finberg played since the late '90s 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)

In 2000, Dragnet released the first A-Frames single, recorded by Chris Woodhouse. S-S Records (founded by Scott Soriano & Sakura Saunders) released the band's next single, Plastica, in early 2001. By that fall, the A-Frames had enough material ready for their first, self-titled album, which was co-released by Dragnet and S-S in spring 2002 and produced by Woodhouse & Soriano. They recorded their second album, A-Frames 2, that fall, and released it via S-S the following spring. Later in 2003, the band recorded initial sessions for its third full-length. Two more 7"s were to follow on S-S ("Complications" and "Police 1000") and Royal ("Crutches"). Two years after AF2, the A-Frames moved to Sub Pop, which released Black Forest (recorded with Woodhouse & Soriano) in early 2005.

The Intelligence[edit]

The Intelligence's first release was a 7" EP on Dragnet Records. This was followed by the "Test" 45 on S-S. Finberg recorded songs at home and with other musicians, released on their debut album Boredom And Terror, released as vinyl with an extra CD (tracks of which were released on vinyl by Polly Maggoo in 2006). After their debut, The Intelligence got signed to In the Red Records. On In the Red their second album was released, Icky Baby'.' A special limited 600 copy 45 rpm 12" was released in 2006 on the in the Red website.

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.[1]

November 23, 2009 it was announced on the band's Myspace page that The Intelligence had completed recording their seventh album. Recorded with Karate Party/FM Knives guitarist, who had previously recorded the A-Frames single Plastica, Chris Woodhouse, it is to be titled "Males". It was simultaneously announced that Woodhouse had joined The Intelligence as a second guitarist.[2]


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

Former members[edit]

  • 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)



  • 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)

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. ^ "Testing Lars Finberg’s IQ". Seattle Weekly. Retrieved 2009-10-06. 
  2. ^ "myspace blog". 2009-11-23. 

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