The Tearaways

A rocking combination of British invasion with the California Surf Sound.

Tearaways web 2017

Photo also featuring Kenny Aronoff.

Established in 1982 and Santa Barbara California based (more or less) the Tearaways have played all over the world. The Tearaways combine the influence of the British invasion with the California Surf Sound to create a driving brand of power pop that appeals to all ages. The Tearaways have fans from Tom Hanks & Piers Morgan, to Tom Green to Jeffrey Foskett (guitarist for the Beach Boys) to music lovers from Southern California to Liverpool and beyond

The Tearaways started in the early ‘80s in Santa Barbara, when guitarist and vocalist John Finseth formed a band with some friends to reflect their shared influences: the Beatles, Rolling Stones, Creedence Clearwater Revival, The Eagles, Jefferson Airplane, The Who, The Kinks, The Hollies, Squeeze, Tom Petty and Bob Dylan. Finseth recruited Greg Brallier (vocals/guitar), Dave Hekhouse (guitar), Jesse (drums and percussion) and Perry (pianos/keyboards) Benenati and later, John Ferriter (guitar/bass/vocals) and the band’s career began in earnest. 

The Tearaways have become one of the longest-lasting and most respected Santa Barbara bands, recording several independent releases, performing at both private and public gigs around the world and garnering a slew of fans. 

In 2004, the Tearaways were invited to play Beatle Week in Liverpool. They performed for huge crowds at the festival and also appeared at the famous Cavern Club; they now return to the festival every year. Their appearances gained them another famous fan, Joey Molland of Badfinger, who used the Tearaways as his back-up band both in the United States and in England. 

The Tearaways have a sound that can be found by clicking the links below.




John F new

 Picture courtesy of Markus Klinko 

Tearaways bass pic

Photo courtesy of TD Brown Photography

Tearaways Liverpool

Photo courtesy of Ian Hanson

John & Clem

Photo courtesy of Thomas Jordan (Hofner Guitars)