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Finch to post new songs online

July 17th, 2008

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Finch were wrongly reported to be putting up some new songs on their MySpace last night by some unscrupulous Internet pirates. Luckily they were only 24 hours out.

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.

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Live: Finch @ London Scala – 13 May 2008

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.

Nate Barcalow of Finch the band singing live onstage

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.

5/6

Setlist:

‘New Beginnings
‘Worms Of The Earth’
‘Letters To You’
‘Post Script’
‘Ink’
‘Without You Here’
‘Daylight’ (new song)
‘Dreams Of Psilocybin’
New Song (new song)
‘Insomniatic Meat’
‘Three Simple Words’
‘Revelation Song’
‘Untitled’
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‘Stay With Me’
‘What It Is To Burn’

Live photo courtesy of Ashley Goris.

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