Finch - Finch (Cover Artwork)


Finch: FinchFinch (2008)
Mantonio Enterprises

Reviewer Rating: 3

Contributed by: SydBarrett420SydBarrett420
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So Finch is back from a self imposed hiatus with a new offering in the form of a four song, self titled EP. The real question is, do people still care about Finch? after their last album polarized their fanbase and set them on the path to an indefinite hiatus, will people still be willing to give Fi.
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So Finch is back from a self imposed hiatus with a new offering in the form of a four song, self titled EP. The real question is, do people still care about Finch? after their last album polarized their fanbase and set them on the path to an indefinite hiatus, will people still be willing to give Finch a listen? They should, as this EP does an admirable job of attempting to bridge the gap between fans of Say Hello to Sunshine and What it is to Burn.

Are there still jagged, atonal riffs? Yes. Is there a lot of melody and some great sing slong choruses? Yes. Songs such as "Daylight" and "From Hell" do a very good job of combining the heavier aspects of Finch's sound and the sing out loud choruses of their earlier work. Both of these songs reminded me of "Miro" upon the first couple of listens. Song structure is much more traditional this time around with all except one song following the verse-chorus-verse-chorus-bridge-chorus format. One thing you won't find on this EP is Nate Barcalow's extensive use of Mike Patton-ish whisper to scream vocal stylization. Also gone, is Nate's use of guttural screams, which can be counted one one hand this time around. Marc Allen is also gone, which to me was a major cause for concern as his drumming on Say Hello to Sunshine is to be commended, regardless of your feelings on the rest of the album. No need to worry though, as Drew Marcogliese does a fine job filling in.

Undoubtedly, the high point of the EP is the epic "Chinese Organ Donors." Clocking in at over seven minutes and spanning a quarter of the album, "Chinese Organ Donors" might be the most adventurous song Finch has ever written. From the blistering intro of "ahhs" to the electronic sound effects littering the song, "Chinese Organ Donors" hits all the right marks. "Chinese Organ Donors" features both the best guitar work on the album and the best use of Nate's vocals. Hearkening back to songs such as "Dreams of Psilocybin," Nate's vocals are in top form.

I only have two complaints with Finch's latest offering. One, outside of "Chinese Organ Donors," all the songs end rather abruptly. Two, the EP itself just seems too short. By the time I really started to get into the album, it was over. I wish Finch had held back this EP until they had one or two more songs to add to it. Regardless, Finch's self titled EP is a noble effort and depending on your feelings towards Say Hello to Sunshine a step up or down from their previous effort.


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mikexdude (August 16, 2008)

This band is a shitty waste.

deadxlast (August 14, 2008)

It's seems kind of ignorant to call this band shitty or a waste. Yes, WIITB was arguably generic and uninspired compared to all of the other "alternative" records being released at the time, but the progression in musicianship, lyrical content, and overall creativity was through the roof in Sunshine. I love it.

This EP is good too. I just bought it this week and it doesn't really sound much like either of their prior releases, or any recent releases by other popular bands who are making music that sounds mostly like two of the songs off of WIITB. It makes me happy.

Mrdogg45 (August 14, 2008)

Can an EP, a vessel designed to be brief and build anticipation, really be criticized for being too short?

boc (August 14, 2008)

Normally I won't comment just to say something negative about a band or a specific record but this sorry ass band is utter SHIT. Not only are ALL of their records generic trash but their live performance is so unbelievably sloppy and weak it will bring a tear to your eye

Nothing this band has ever done has been groundbreaking, new or even interesting, and if you find yourself disagreeing with me than I beg you, go out and spend 10 minutes on fucking last fm (sorry about the plug) or something, and you'll never EVER listen to this crap again

mikexdude (August 14, 2008)

This band is fuckin' trash.

wallofyouth (August 13, 2008)

where did all you people come from

strizzmatik (August 13, 2008)

My fucking God, if one more musical illiterate talks about how great that substandard pile of shit album WIITB is, I'm going to vomit uncontrollably. It wasn't groundbreaking. It wasn't new to anyone who listened to something other than MTV. It wasn't really that good at all. SHTS kills that record deader than Dillinger.

fallingupwards84 (August 13, 2008)

2002 is stoked.

skapunk810 (August 12, 2008)

need more what it is to burn

SydBarrett420 (August 12, 2008)

I don't wanna hear bitching about grammar, spelling, or math since I wrote the review once and hit the submit button and had to go back and fix something and the entire review was gone so I had to write it again and it is indeed an inferior review compared to my first one.

spoon_of_grimbo (August 12, 2008)

i can see you like "chinese organ donors" because every time you want to mention "chinese organ donors" you type out the words "chinese organ donors," but i guess it's worth having the words "chinese organ donors" about 8 times in a sentence because "chinese organ donors" is a good song and you like "chinese organ donors."

score is for your grasp of pronouns (and the fact that it's ""chinese organ THIEVES")

Wesley_Snipes (August 12, 2008)

Score is for McLovin' !! Organ Donar !!

treos (August 12, 2008)

and i fuckin loved both those albums btw.

treos (August 12, 2008)

that chinese track is pretty dopesick but the rest is kinda average.
hope they come out with something better and full length soon though.
and i agree - 50/50 what it is to burn/say hello to sunshine.

RYANGP (August 12, 2008)

Why is it that when bands start to fizzle out they release self-titled albums or EPs?

Honestly it's okay but nothing to write home about. I agree with tony below me.

RoyalWithCheese (August 12, 2008)

woody wood pecker

baseball (August 12, 2008)

What is up with that cover art? I mean, seriously. That's bad.

thirtyseconds (August 12, 2008)

Heard it. Can't remember a single second of it.

greenvandal (August 12, 2008)

This bands logo looks stupid as fuck. Score is for stylized f's in circles.

Piata (August 12, 2008)

Better than "say hello to sunshine", but it will never compare to "what it is to burn" which is still an amazing album to date.

tonyhoag (August 12, 2008)

honestly, it's okay. Where as people say its half-What it is to burn, half-Say Hello to sunshine, I think it sounds like they want to play Say Hello to Sunshine, but are half in the door, half out. They don't want to go all out, because we saw where that got them. They need to be themselves. Don't write songs for your fanbase. The people that moved on are probably not into music anymore. Get the new teenies. Get a good marketing crew or label or managment or whatever.

I did not like the drumming on a few occasions (only real complaint. the rest I can get used to).

paulrulzdood (August 12, 2008)

"math is unpunx" hahahaha, awesome.

i don't really care about this. "say hello to sunshine" was interesting but forgettable in the long run. "what it is to burn" was pretty awesome for its time but in retrospect kind of sounds numetally like fuckin breaking benjamin or something. but in 2002 i thought "what it is to burn" was like an epic wave of the future of punk album, for realz. they could have been massive but took too long to put out the follow up and when they did they had turned into a dillenger escape plan meets faith no more meets blood brothers band with weird structures and shit. cool album but had zero commercial appeal. i bet geffen was pissed.

also, nate has very little frontman charisma, seems kind of awkward as a front man, but maybe that's just me.

i hate ep's, especially short 4 song ones. wait another 6 months and put out a full length or just don't bother. i guess they're paying for it themselves but whatever. i'm sure fans would be happier going 4 years between albums for a full length verses 3 years and getting just an ep.

weffjebster (August 12, 2008)

"Undoubtedly, the high point of the EP is the epic "Chinese Organ Donors." Clocking in at over seven minutes and spanning a quarter of the album"

But it's a 4 song EP... That would mean all the songs are over seven minutes, right?

Meh, forget it, math is unpunx

SilentStorms (August 12, 2008)

Fuck Itunes. I don't need to hear this that bad. Score's for me not hearing their music because I refuse to be a bitch.

red_eye_inc (August 12, 2008)

These guys are a little to nu-metaly for me

KurtTGS (August 12, 2008)

Alex Pappas is still polarized.

nocigar (August 12, 2008)

No thanks. The cover art speaks for itself.

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