Album: Falling Into Place E.P
Alex Pappas - Drums
Derek Doherty - Bass
Nate Barclow - Vocals
Randy Strohmeyer - Guitar
Alex Linares - Guitar
Released: 2001 (Drive-Thru Records)
Falling Into Place would be the first release by a now quite well known band called Finch. The way it would come about would be through friendship. Randy the bands guitarist had always been mates with the labels owner and sent in hundreds of demo tapes over the years of other bands. Eventually Randy would join with Finch and would invite Richard down to see them. Believing Richard just to see them out of curtosy the band were blown away when Richard immediately called down co-owner Stefanie and offered to sign the band.
The album kicks off with the awesome 'Perfection Through Silence'. The recording is rough on this track and it's a bit more distorded to the WIITB version however Nate still conveys the huge amount of power in his vocals and the song comes off the albums best. 'Letters To You' kicks off next and though the recording is rough yet again it's still well done and the emotion is well conveyed. The screaming in the song doesn't have the best sound but that's all to do with production. The first two songs are the strongest and it's easy to see why they were re-mastered. 'Waiting' is the albums third track and probably one of the weaker ones. The song in production terms does sound better than the other two the simple truth is it's just not an exceptional song. The lyrics are ok and Nate just doesn't really give off a powerful preformance. Cue the last track of the E.P 'The New Kid'. Starts off very softly with a few distorded chords then kicks all in. If this song had been put on WIITB then it would have been a classic but the production of this album lets it down. Nate still gives a very emotional vocal preformance and the music sounds good. The chorus is a little weak (Nates voice is at least) but otherwise a good song.
What lets this E.P down is the production however that's not what E.Ps are about. It gives a rougher sound of Finch and some closer to their live sound. This is an album for the die hard fan only. If you own 'What It Is To Burn' then you will have heard the re-recorded versions of the first two tracks of this e.p leaving you paying $10-$15 for 2 songs. However that said for an e.p it's solid. The rating i'm giving it is high but this is the rating for an e.p and I am comparing it to other E.Ps in my collection.
Rating: 3.75/5 :)