Finch (US)
Finch


3.0
good

Review

by Trey Spencer STAFF
July 22nd, 2008 | 63 replies


Release Date: 2008 | Tracklist

Review Summary: There’s a saying that basically says that you can’t be everything for everyone; someone needs to let these guys know.

When I first read that Finch had reunited I was very curious about what direction their new music would take. I wondered if it would be more like the mainstream pop-punk of their debut or if they would continue in the chaotic and experimental direction of their sophomore release. They could have gone either way, really. They could release What it is to Burn part 2 in an effort to make some money and apologize to the mass of fans alienated by Say Hello to the Sunshine or they could have continued the direction of that second release in an apparent “Fuck You” to everyone who didn’t “get it” the first time around. As usual my assumptions were wrong and the band took the route that I never really considered; they chose to combine elements of both albums in an attempt to appease everyone.

Unfortunately their attempt to appease fans of both albums didn’t quite work out. What we have here is a watered down EP full of “almosts” and “not-quites”. While listening to the four songs presented here there are many times where they’re almost aggressive and chaotic, but not quite and other times where the song is fairly catchy but not quite catchy enough to truly stick in your head. What these near-misses achieve is a constant feeling of being let down as a song approaches something great, but then stops short in an apparent effort to not go too far in any direction. With such an emphasis put on remaining steadfastly between the musical elements of both releases the songs just feel safe and very familiar. There’s never a time where a chorus is going to grab your attention or a sudden jarring musical section is going to make you want to hit the “reverse” button and hear it again.

Any song from this EP could be used as an example of their effort to remain committed to the musical ideas of both albums, but I’ll use “Daylight” since it is available on their Myspace page. It starts with a jarring riff and scream that could have been on their second album without being out of place, but quickly moves into a section that is much easier on the ears with catchy vocals, and a chorus that could almost be memorable if they had just pushed the melody a little more, but they didn’t. Through out the next four minutes they tease with that chorus that almost reaches the catchiness of their debut, and they come close to the over-the-edge musical ideas of their second album including some decent drumming and nearly-harsh, atonal riffing, but as soon as it feels as if they’re going to push any one element they come back to center and leave the song hanging. It should be noted that even though that flaw extends to every other song as well, it’s still not enough to completely ruin any of them, it just makes them feel too generic and safe.

I wanted to listen to this and be blown away like I was on their second album or at least have the songs remain stuck in my head like the ones on their debut, but it didn’t happen. The songs on this EP just don’t do the band justice or live up to what their previous releases show they’re capable of. I’m a fan of both their albums and would have taken something similar (or evolved from) either of them, but this attempt to combine the safest elements of both albums doesn’t quite work out because it never allows the songs to get off the ground or create their own identity. The music is still good and the closing song reminds me through its use of mild electronics and big closing section that Finch are still capable of much more if only they allow it, and I only hope that with a full album they’ll be more willing to take chances and branch out.



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Comments:Add a Comment 
Willie
Moderator
July 22nd 2008


16149 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

This is why I like to post my reviews early in the morning, because no matter how many times I read through them in word, I always end up doing another edit or two once it's posted here.This Message Edited On 07.22.08

Digging: Mors Principium Est - Dawn Of The 5th Era

graves248
July 22nd 2008


8 Comments


Nice review... I'll have to check this out.
More of a fan of the 'What It is To Burn' stuff so hoping this (and the album that I guess will follow it) have some catchy choruses.

Willie
Moderator
July 22nd 2008


16149 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

The choruses are catchier then what was on their second album, but they don't allow the pop influence to shine through like they probably should have on this album (at least for the choruses).

ataraxia01
July 22nd 2008


215 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

Good review. I'm still really excited for this. Finch is one of my favorite bands and while Say Hello to Sunshine was a bit different (lyrics were awful at times) I still enjoyed it. You are right though about wanting to sound like both albums at once, especially on Daylight. I'm still going to get this. Any clue when its going to be on cd?

Willie
Moderator
July 22nd 2008


16149 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Everything I've read didn't really mention a physical CD release, probably because these songs will end up on the full-length too.

ataraxia01
July 22nd 2008


215 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

Damnit. I hate getting stuff off iTunes because you can't burn them onto a CD and I dont have an ipod.

Willie
Moderator
July 22nd 2008


16149 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

I got this from iTunes and it is one of the iTunes Plus albums that isn't copy protected... burn away using whatever program you want.

Edit: Plus you can burn iTunes music that is copy protected, you just have to use iTunes to do it.This Message Edited On 07.22.08

ataraxia01
July 22nd 2008


215 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

Wow I've never heard of iTunes Plus.

KritikalMotion
July 22nd 2008


2262 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Yeah this is kinda average. Seems like they're holding themselves back a bit. There were flourishes of amazingness on SHTS and they should of gone more in that direction.

TheStarclassicTreatment
July 22nd 2008


2910 Comments


I was really looking forward to this. Not so much now.

IsItLuck?
Emeritus
July 22nd 2008


4927 Comments


I'm sure this rules

rasputin
July 22nd 2008


14555 Comments


Good review. I liked Say Hello to Sunshine, but I probably won't bother with this.

Willie
Moderator
July 22nd 2008


16149 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

If you didn't like their debut album, rasputin, then there probably isn't enough for you to get into this. I really like both their other albums and there still isn't enough to really make this great.

HighandDriving
July 22nd 2008


3288 Comments


This is alright, I liked how they tried to combine both sounds.

jrowa001
July 22nd 2008


8750 Comments


ill be checking this out soon. loved their last album

IsItLuck?
Emeritus
July 22nd 2008


4927 Comments


They could have gone either way, really. They could release What it is to Burn part 2 in an effort to make some money and apologize to the mass of fans alienated by Say Hello to the Sunshine or they could have continued the direction of that second release in an apparent “**** You” to everyone who didn’t “get it” the first time around.

I've never heard this before in a Finch review

Willie
Moderator
July 22nd 2008


16149 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

I've never heard this before in a Finch review
I'm not quite sure what you're getting at.

IsItLuck?
Emeritus
July 22nd 2008


4927 Comments


[quote=IsItLuck?'s Say Hello To Sunshine Review]
Who cares what the old fans think, out with the old in with the new. Bands go in different directions for a reason. I see why Finch went in a direction that most of the old fans wouldn’t like because they knew how to cipher out the good from the bad. They could have easily made a “What is to Burn” part II but they didn’t lose their dignity. They created an album that broke the limits on what I thought of Finch as a band. They have songs that sound so dark and evil that you don’t even realize how beautiful it really is. [/quote]
A mere coincidence, but still it's practically saying the same thing

Willie
Moderator
July 22nd 2008


16149 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

I will definitely agree with you on that count, but it's definitely a coincidence.

bung86
July 22nd 2008


1 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

i think this ep is definitely a grower!
i just listened to it about 15 times and it's getting better and better. my first thought was quite similar to yours, but it really grew on me!
track four is epic!



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