Powderfinger is an alternative rock band based in Australia. The band formed in 1989 in Brisbane, and their lineup since 1992 has consisted of Bernard Fanning, John Collins, Ian Haug, Darren Middleton and Jon Coghill.
Powderfinger is highly successful in the Australian recording industry, being a recipient of the industry's flagship awards, the ARIA Music Awards, a record fourteen times. The group has also topped the Triple J Hottest 100 chart twice with seventeen entries in the list in total. Of the group's six studio efforts, four have placed at #1 on the ARIA Albums Chart, with one also peaking at #2. The group has also contributed music for several films, including the Australian film Two Hands, and the Australian based Mission: Impossible II.
Powderfinger went on a three-year hiatus after releasing their first "greatest hits" album, Fingerprints: The Best of Powderfinger, 1994-2000, in 2004. During this time, the group's lead singer Bernard Fanning released a solo album Tea and Sympathy which, like the group's albums, was lauded with ARIA awards and received successful airplay and sales figures in Australia. Darren Middleton also produced an album, The Way Out, with his band Drag, whilst Ian Haug and John Collins released an EP, "Pick Up the Pace", with their side project The Predators.