Finch - Finch EP
Release Date: July 22, 2008
Record Label: None
“Just when I thought you couldn't get any dumber, you go and do something like this... and totally redeem yourself!” – Harry Dunne
When you saw the link to my Finch review, you probably thought to yourself, “oh, Drew will probably talk about how Say Hello To Sunshine alienated so many fans and in some way was a cause to the band initially breaking up, blah, blah, blah.” But I will do no such thing, instead I fooled you with a Dumb and Dumber quote! Just like that adventure Harry Dunne and Lloyd Christmas made cross-country to return that briefcase (Samsonite! I was way off! I knew it started with an S, though.), Finch’s journey has been one of up’s and down’s. But the California quintet (Hmmm, California! Beautiful!) have fought through all their adversity to release the best Finch material to date.
“Daylight” starts with frenzied as vocalist Nate Barcalow begins with a scream similar to what started off “What It Is To Burn.” Randy “R2K” Strohmeyer and Alex Linares lead the charge with frantic chords, as it hits just as hard as a cork pegging an owl. “Famine or Disease” draws us back into the Sunshine vibe, but with better delivery, although it's my least favorite track.
“From Hell” features heavy chords and solid drumming as it showcases Barcalow’s strong vocals. The chorus definitely gives off an Incubus Make Yourself kind of vibe, though this is not a bad thing. The EP closes out with the nearly seven minute long “Chinese Organ Thieves,” an ambitious song that the band pulls off well. It takes all the elements of their previous work, mashes them up with some new ideas, and results in one of the best songs the band have ever written. A needling guitar riff paces the pounding rhythm section of drummer Drew Marcogliese and bassist Daniel Wonacott, as the climatic ending of group “ahh-ohh’s” and Barcalow’s static screaming completes this return to glory.
This self-titled EP showcases what Finch aimed to accomplish on their last album. And with their new release in over 3 years, Finch have taken that progression and fine-tuned it into something divided fans can all agree on. Granted it is only four songs, but it’s reassuring to know that after their indefinite hiatus, they were able to come back strong. Thankfully Finch traded in the van and got us this nice, sleek scooter. Hopefully, it’ll be able to take them to an even greater destination musically that’s higher than the Rocky Mountains (My hands are starting to get sweaty).
chinese organ thieves is the shit. alkaline trio is the only band that gets more undeserved hate than finch. if you dont like em, dont listen. simple, huh?
So true, man. So true. Anyway, this EP is fantastic. The two main things that stood out to me were Nate's lyrics (better than ever, I think) and the insane drumming. Now everyone can see that Finch is back and better than ever!
This is a great band, and I'm unapologetic about my love for Say Hello to Sunshine (say what you want, but they had balls for pulling a 180 after such a catchy debut), but this EP has yet to grow on me. I love "From Hell" though.
And a reference to Petey would have sent this review over the top.
I find it funny that inbetween their last release (June 7th 2005) theyve split up, gotten back together and released a new cd independantly, yet since Houston Calls' last release (Short Stories - Aug 2nd 2005), Drive Thru have managed to do fuck all for them.