Part and parcel of being opinionated music lovers is that we go and experience lots of music in its natural habitat – on a stage – and then we decide how good it was. Some spectacles are so powerful that they evoke emotions strong enough to form memories through the drunkenness. It’s a rarity but that’s why some here have to name several before deciding upon their Favourite Gig of 2013. There is zero reason for you to be reading this but if you’ve read this far, you’ll get at least halfway down before clicking the cross.
March 22nd, 2013
It’s been ten years since the release of Finch’s debut album What It Is To Burn. Feeling old yet? Let’s face it, most of you reading this are here because you’re off to the remaining dates on this new reunion jaunt. Here’s what you can expect from the Finch 10th anniversary tour.
Six things we learned when watching the Finch 10th anniversary tour in Manchester:
October 21st, 2012
Earlier this week in a statement made via Altpress, influentioal post-hardcore types Finch announced they would be reforming n order to perform the entire of their 2002 debut, What It Is To Burn, to mark the 10th anniversary of its release. They’re even bloody well getting their original drummer, Alex Pappas, back on drums, and he hasn’t played with them since 2004. Yep, it’s safe to say, this is going to be a pretty special occasion.
April 10th, 2012
We’ve had this debate every so often for… ever. Which is the best Finch album? Is it the 2002 breakthrough debut, What It Is To Burn or is it 2005’s beginning of the end, Say Hello To Sunshine? That’s the question. They’re your only options.
Obviously, it’s entirely subjective because it’s all down to personal preference and this is only being pointed out so whichever sensible person comes along and says it’s all down to personal preference can STFU and GTFO LOL. But that’s the point of a poll – to find out whose opinion is more correct!
January 14th, 2009
They say there’s nothing else to do in the provinces but get good at guitar. It’s what Deaf Havana have done. Now they’re going on tour with some other hot, young British rock bands. We had a chat with vocalist Ryan Mellor.
December 7th, 2008
Daniel Wright is vocalist and guitarist with up-and-coming Berkshire pop-punks, DissolvedIN. They’ve had a good second half of the year and 2009 could be a very good year for them so read on!
What was your highlight of 2008?
Sharing the stage with Fightstar, Story of the year, Atreyu and touring with Finch, To be honest 2008 has been fun. I feel that we have achieved a lot for the amount of time we have been going. Good times.
What’s the worst thing that happened to you in 2008?
1. Forgetting my hair straighteners for a 12-day tour. 2. Our van brakes broke on the way to a show in Munich, Germany, which meant we had to sit in the van for 18 hours or so while we waited for Jamie’s (bass player) dad to come rescue us. Four English guys sat in a big white van in the middle of Belgium gets quite a lot of attention. Bad times.
December 6th, 2008
July 17th, 2008
The Californian emo kings are going to put two songs online on 18 July 2008 at midnight PST, which is 8am BST (if you’re in the UK).
Did you manage to catch them when they came over to the UK for Give It A Name and the other intimate shows? Finch are about to head out on the road in the US but we reckon they’ll be over here in the autumn, or spring 2009 at the latest.
Finch release their new Self-Titled EP on 22 July 2008 digitally and on 29 July 2008 through Hot Topic. You’ll probably need to buy that on import if you don’t live in the US.
May 23rd, 2008
Californian post-hardcore heavyweights Finch hit the capital for their first London headline show since announcing their reformation in the summer of 2007. Mike Haydock was there to give you the lowdown on Thrash Hits .com.
It’s tough to have compassion when bands split up and then get back together. It’s tough to forgive. Especially when you’ve had a childhood tarnished by Ginger from The Wildhearts, who used to announce on a weekly basis that his band were splitting up, only for them to ‘mysteriously’ get back together again when their so-called “final ever gig” sold out.
When Finch split back in 2006, it seemed like a sick joke, especially since Say Hello To Sunshine had just updated their emo-heavy sound into something bolder, more complicated, and genre-busting. And to make matters worse, it was dubbed a “hiatus”, meaning that fans had to sit tight and wait, perhaps for nothing.
But wait they did, and in their legions – the Scala is rammed tonight. There’s isn’t a spare spot anywhere, even on the upstairs balconies, and for the first time in a long time, the pit lives up to its name, youngsters seizing the day in case it never comes again, hurling themselves forward and into each other in a frenzy of excitement.
It’s not unfair to presume before the gig that Finch will have jettisoned their earlier material, yet equal weight is given to each of their two albums, and even the rarely-played crowd favourite ‘Letters To You’ bounces out of the speakers. It’s a wise move, a conciliatory gesture from the Californians, and it sends the crowd into raptures, girls turning to each other, squealing with excitement, and joining together to sing.
It’s more than a gesture, though: this is a celebration. The band are enjoying playing these songs, and Nate Barcalow (pictured, above) spends a large amount of time smiling – when he isn’t curled up on the floor of the stage screaming his lungs out.
Cuts off Say Hello To Sunshine are typically powerful and uncompromising, especially ‘Insomniatic Meat’, and the new material seems to be building on that template. But it’s the finale – ‘What It Is To Burn’ – that truly seals the deal, propelling the sweaty onlookers to ecstasy by answering all their prayers.
Finch are well and truly back, reinvigorated by the break. They took a risk back there, but it’s paid off – word has spread about them, and they’re adored. If they can keep up this newfound momentum, they’ll be unstoppable.
‘Worms Of The Earth’
‘Letters To You’
‘Without You Here’
‘Daylight’ (new song)
‘Dreams Of Psilocybin’
New Song (new song)
‘Three Simple Words’
‘Stay With Me’
‘What It Is To Burn’
Live photo courtesy of Ashley Goris.