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Finch: What It Is To BurnWhat It Is To Burn (2002)
Drive-Thru Records

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When many of you look under the big bold letters of the band Finch, you will most likely see the label "Drive-Thru." Most of you know this label, and will immediately stop reading this review. For those of you who do not know about this label I will take the time to tell your asses why the fuck.
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When many of you look under the big bold letters of the band Finch, you will most likely see the label "Drive-Thru." Most of you know this label, and will immediately stop reading this review. For those of you who do not know about this label I will take the time to tell your asses why the fuck this label is trash.

The label "Drive-Thru" is a record label that cares about one thing in my opinion, and that is the money. Yea my friends, it is becoming a sad world in the music industry, because a lot of bands are "catering" to an MTV type atmosphere. They tend to loose their style, and attitude just to make the dollars. Blink is a perfect example. They put out a couple records early in their career that were actually good, and then all of the sudden they become pop. Why? Because more cash is involved if they play their music on the radio and MTV. In order to do this they have to quiet down and play soft for the radio so more people will like it such as thirteen year old girls, moms, ect. Anyway this is where "Drive-Thru" steps in. They have put out such bands as "New Found Glory," which obviously is a very hard working band. The problem is though is that they are a polished pop punk band made safe for little Jeffery to hear, and then they claim their punk. Another thing is that they end up getting printed on t-shirts that little girls will end up buying. In the process they will act as if they had their first orgasm(which they probably did). A lot of bands are turning into this, and this label happens to obviously look for that.

After all of this talk about "Drive-Thru," they do in fact manage to put out a couple decent bands. Rx Bandits put out an amazingly original album called "Process." Another band that I don't mind is Midtown even though I do sometimes wonder about them. I may be controdicting myself by saying I like Midtown since they are pretty much a polished pop punk band, as said above. The point is they can rock. The only other band that ever sounded promissing to me would be Finch. They came out with a very respectalble EP called "Falling Into Place." They brought a new sound to "Drive-Thru," and topped it off with refreshing lyrics, and awesome screams. The only problem is that was obviously only a taste of what they could do, and finally after a delay, the full length emerged.

I was very exited to hear this long awaited album, but for some reason when I bought it, it seemed like one of those things where you say to yourself, "Oh shit they don't have the cds I'm looking for, but I guess this will do." I suppose I just wasn't into it at the time, but as soon as I popped it in the cd player the exitement returned. The first song "New Beginnings" starts out exactly like the Thursday song, "Concealer." This song is one of the many highlights on this cd showing off some great lyrics, and excellent guitar playing. Also added in is some screams that send shivers up your spine. The screams that Finch combines in their music is actually more hidden so to say. It's kind of in the background of the singing, but this combines for some of the most ear appealing music. The screams are actually very catchy, and they even sometimes echo to cause some cool effects. This has a lot to do with the production, which is some of the best. The guitar playing is very good to, extremely smoothe, and breaking at all the right moments.

A lot of bands these days fail to write lyrics that actually mean something, or they are just too bland. Finch manages to produce lyrics that aren't too complicated, but also not to simplistic. The song "Letters To You" features some simply awesome lyrics such as: "Can't you see, that I want to be, here with open arms. It's empty tonight, and I'm all alone, get me through this one."

The best songs on the cd are: Letters To You, Post Script,Without You Here, and the bonus track that apparently only some people got, "What It Is To Burn." The song Ender can kind of get annoying at times since it is thirteen minutes long. The only weak song on the album is "Project Mayhem" which has too much of an alternative sound to it.

If a person hanging on the edge of a cliff is representing Drive-Thru, and only a couple of fingers are keeping them from falling, the band Finch is one of those fingers. They manage to put out an album that is very original, energetic, and intelligent that will be sure to make honorable mentions at the end of the year or maybe even more. . .

 

 
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nedsammy (June 4, 2011)

I think this should be signed, "Chris, Simpsons artist xoxo"

treos (July 29, 2006)

Didn't quite care for the lesson on Drive-thru records but the review was better than the other What it is to burn review. I love this cd, classic in my opinion. Finch is a solid band.

Passion_of_Destruction (August 15, 2005)

the fact you're too cowardly to post with any sort of name means you probably know shit and actually care what people think of you. that person was only saying what they think of a pretty good band like Finch and maybe you should consider what they said. it doesnt matter what type of music you listen to, you have to look at the talent and effort in a band. i like a selection of different music; punk, emo, old school...etc. people have a different opinion on things and my opinion towards you is that you must have been dropped on your big fat head once or twice. fuck off back to nursary you fat bitch

Anonymous (May 19, 2005)

I know any real discussion about this review finished 3 years ago, but I felt I had to post SOMETHING after I read the post below me and realised it's probably the STUPIDEST thing I've seen on this site. Seriously, YOU should see a doctor, no...wait..I'll save you some time and diagnose you myself: you're an idiot. Oh and even if I could possibly classify this band under one of my favorite "genres" of music, it would still suck. It was a lousy cd in 2002 and let me tell ya, this style of music sure hasn't gotten any better.

nuthinbutdisastor (January 11, 2005)

i dont really give a shit wat genre a band falls under, if u do u might as well fuckin suck dick, like the music u listen to, it should be about the music, and the talent that a band displays, and finch obviously has talent, with awesome guitar riffs, accompanied by lyrics that couldnt be better, like from "what it is to burn" , "the sky is bleeding above me, and im blistering....like a bad star im falling faster down to her, shes the only one who know what it is to burn..."
if u dont like FINCH then u might want to go see a doctor, becasue u might be def

thatswack (January 7, 2005)

Good CD, but I think it is a bit over-hyped.

Anonymous (June 17, 2004)

why do people care what genre a band is. if the songs sound good, they sound good. and why does everyone try and like bands within a genre that aren't good at all. you would have to be a moron with a shitty ear for music to not like this cd

Anonymous (January 10, 2004)

God I hate Finch. I don't really have anything against Drive-thru or most of the bands on it, but lordy lordy do Finch suck. Sure they might be radio friendly, and appeasing to some children, but yet they have no talent. The single "what it is to burn" is the most overplayed piece of dogshit ever. I would definently classify them as wanna-be numetal done totally wrong. Why are they even reviewed on this site?

Anonymous (October 13, 2003)

Finch = everything that could possibly be cool. i was actually thinking about basing my life around them from this point on. just another drive-thru band that claims they are hard b/c they are the hardest thing since allister..err..starting line..err..wait homegrown and the movielife. eh. whatever. fuck 'em

Anonymous (July 10, 2003)

"One thing that you are definetely right on is that the example of lyrics was not their best. So try something like this from the song, "Post Script." "I wish it didn't hurt, hurt like this to say these things to you. I'll sacrifice one moment for one truth. If we get through tomorrow we will be fine." There, you happy, if you dont like those lyrics then thats your opinion."

Haha... All the preps at my school love Finch. Great lyrics. Not.

Anonymous (April 28, 2003)

fuck that dude, finch is awesome, anyone who rips on a band that good needs to get a life or die.

Anonymous (April 10, 2003)

what is there to say about this album? its incredible start to finish

Anonymous (March 22, 2003)

This I must say is the best fucking cd i have bought in a long time. You can put it and and listen. Fuck you people who judge what is really punk, I don't see you out there making albums for us to listen to. Shut the fuck up and cry to someone who cares. This cd rules, and drive-thru has good bands too ass-holes.

Anonymous (March 18, 2003)

oh shut up. this isnt fucking english class, no need for correction in spelling in a message board dick wad. anyways, finch is ehh. this album had no climax. it was like the 1st 2 songs sucked, the 3rd song was alright, than the 4th was good(actually there's you're climax right there), then it went all the way back down, and then track 10 was alright, and then everything went back down. sorry, don't know the titles. but, yeah the songs werent consistant of good songs, and track 9, i fucking felt like i was in those stupid car commercials. what was that shit? techno? that sucked donkey balls!!

Anonymous (February 4, 2003)

it's etc not ect, learn how to spell before you say shit about drive-thru,
besides that, good review of the band

Anonymous (January 7, 2003)

good cd, good review. especially that little bit about drive-thru, even though i knew all that. All drive thru is a little pre-packaging label for mtv. Training for the spotlight.

Anonymous (September 22, 2002)

a couple other things:

1)"BLAH BLAH BLAH... they put out bands like that because that is the kind of record label they are. They have always been a label that puts out so called "pop-punk" and does it well. So they are about money but isnt that the point of a record label, to make money? They are a hard working label and genuinely care abhout the bands, from what the bands on the label say about the owners. They are also not an independent label and pretty much have to do what RCA tell them to do because that is who is funding them and all their bands. Get over the "punker than thou" thoughts and learn that music is music whether you like it or not... stop talking out of your ass too."

i completely agree w/ this guy but i think he meant MCA.

2) those lyrics are nothing special, jackass. there are much better on the album, and the ones you chose are a poor representation of the album. i hate you.

3) dtr is way misunderstood. reread #1.

FAAAARRRRRRRRTTTTTTTSSSSSSSPOOOOOOOOOPPPPPPPPEEEEEEEE!

Anonymous (September 22, 2002)

i wouldl ike to say that if the reviewerwas hanging on a cliff by two fingers....I WOULD STEP ON HIS FINGERS AND SEND HIM PLUMMETING TO HIS DEATH. for several reasons.

1) i think maybe you should know what you're talking about before writing a review. the rx bandits cd referred to is PROGRESS, not PROCESS. 2 letters makes quite a difference.
2) the screams are hidden???? are you fucking deaf??? thats like saying the immature humor is "hidden" on a blink cd. nate's screams are so blatantly obvious on this cd.

anyway, not a bad release by dtr.
FAAAAAAARRRRRRRRRRTTTTTTSSSSSSSSPOOOOOOOOOOOPPPPPPPPPPEEEEE EEEEE!!!!

Anonymous (September 6, 2002)

i love how you guys sit here and judge what is, and what isnt punk, its fucking hilarious and also quite pathetic at the same time...Good CD, my favortie of the year, although it might rock a little hard for these punk rock toddlers...but who cares, fuck em...
www.angelfire.com/rebellion/radicallystrapped

Anonymous (June 20, 2002)

This is pure pop-punk bullshit!
The only reason the guy is screaming is because
the lead singer is biting his nut bag so hard!

GO AWAY FINCH, PLEASE JUST FOLD!

Anonymous (May 24, 2002)

WHERE DO YOU SEE POP PUNK IN THIS? I see Punk, maybe, very little.....but not pop punk. And the only reason I say that is because occasionally the drums speed up to that sold-out punk tempo(which I'm not saying is bad, it's necessary on occasion) and the guitars accelerate along with it. But most of the guitars and especially the vocals on this album....I don't think so. They totally break you down. You sing along, yes...but you have this pissed off look on your face, and if you were rockin out to this cd while you were driving and someone pulled up beside you they might shit their pants cuz they'd think you were quite frightening. Pop punk lifts your heart while this cd just rips at it. And anyone who has seen Finch live knows they aren't about the money. They do everything they can to pour every ounce of emotion into every song, no matter what the emotion for that song may be. And i use that word on purpose: EMOTION. I've seen two different webcasts of their shows and my friend saw them in Colorado...I get to see them in 4 days and I'm stoked. Because from a 2 inch window on my computer screen, Finch has my brows lowering and my heart pounding. The only reason this cd doesn't get a 10 is because sometimes I think the screaming ruins the songs. Some of them exemplify as well as need it, while others (Letters to You, Awake) would be perfect without them. But you'll get used to it, and you will live this album.

Anonymous (April 8, 2002)

Rock, your not punk! you are not even close to punk!

SideLinedForLife (April 6, 2002)

theboywhocriedangel:
aw, look everybody! the reviewer is crying because i don't like the bands on drive-thru! actually, to be honest, friend, i do own a copy of that horrible "you'll never eat fast food again" compilation, but only because it has the wrens on it. so go figure. and the wrens aren't even that great anyway, which leads me to believe that i wasted my money, even for such a meager $3.99, or however much i paid for the damn thing. oh, look, the wonderful world of HAVING YOUR OWN MIND. please don't get your new found glory buddies after me!

Now that I look back on that I realize two things. 1- I was an idiot and 2- that post is really really funny.-Rock

SideLinedForLife (April 6, 2002)

Thanks. Anyway my music style has changed a lot since then and I've realized that there is better stuff out there to listen to then generic pop punk.

theboywhocriedangel (April 5, 2002)

i found your claim to be "exited" about this album to be quite hilarious; it was unintentionally comedic, i suppose. i also found funny the fact that you are now deeming the drive-thru label "trash" considering the fact that back circa-december of 2001, you cried a steaming river of pubescent rage over my own inflammatory remarks regarding drive-thru. (which is indeed trash.) odd... anyway, great job with the review, it sure gave me a good laugh!

Anonymous (April 4, 2002)

Hey mr. Sidelinedforlife you suck, your not punk!!! you are just a littel pop punk poser. You wouldn't know punk if it was sitting on your face. So you can just drive this record thru your ass! that is all i am done with your pop punk poser ass. So what do you have to say about that?

Anonymous (April 3, 2002)

BACK TO THE REVIEWER:
I don't expect people to write about the same thing. I'm actually complaining about that. His lyrics are trite. You can't praise someone's lyrics as really impressive if they're run-of-the-mill regurgitations. There is nothing exciting or new about this band. And he still sounds like a wounded bobcat. I WILL say that the only strength this band has is its drummer. Hopefully he can find a gig after their 15min is up.

SideLinedForLife (April 3, 2002)

"TO THE REVIEWER:
i think its rather fitting that you completely lack the ability to use the english language effectively AND you like finch's lyrics. the guy couldnt write himself out of 2nd grade. great example you used also. i havent heard a line like that in 2 emo or pop punk records recently. wow, so powerful and poignant. to top it off, his screams are totally weak. he sounds like a bobcat. i'm gonna go with the dude who said that "trombino did the impossible...he polished a turd".
poop."

One thing that you are definetely right on is that the example of lyrics was not their best. So try something like this from the song, "Post Script." "I wish it didn't hurt, hurt like this to say these things to you. I'll sacrifice one moment for one truth. If we get through tomorrow we will be fine." There, you happy, if you dont like those lyrics then thats your opinion. Sorry they are not your type of songwritting. Let me tell you something. Not everyone in the music industry is gonna write lyrics just about one thing. Different bands write about different things. As for the screams. I dont see how you can say the screams arent powerful. They sure made my insides turn. This band is good and has talent. One more thing at least your comment was half intelligent. I do respect your opinion.

Anonymous (April 3, 2002)

Hey mr. Rockwell, drive-thru rules and you disgust me! welp, see you later, at least the bands on the lable are getting paid, unlike you, you fat bastard! that is all

kluchorama (April 3, 2002)

To the guy below...

Did you ever think that maybe a lot of the times Buddyhead is right? Not to mention it's not like their the only people on earth that dislike Drive Thru. If you really think about it, most of the bands on the label really suck.

Anonymous (April 3, 2002)

This album is pretty good. Nice production, nice melodies but not too
fruity. haha.

Meanwhile I'm reading some of the anti-DriveThru comments and "polishing turd" remarks. Damn get off buddyhead's dick already.

Anonymous (April 3, 2002)

TO THE REVIEWER:
i think its rather fitting that you completely lack the ability to use the english language effectively AND you like finch's lyrics. the guy couldnt write himself out of 2nd grade. great example you used also. i havent heard a line like that in 2 emo or pop punk records recently. wow, so powerful and poignant. to top it off, his screams are totally weak. he sounds like a bobcat. i'm gonna go with the dude who said that "trombino did the impossible...he polished a turd".
poop.

Anonymous (April 2, 2002)

Im sorry but Blinks old stuff was definetely better. (To the guy below)

lockdown59 (April 2, 2002)

I hear Finch on the radio here, but only on the nightly Ska/Punk playlist. Their sales are actually doing pretty good. Zia Records, an indie chain here in AZ, has them as like 3rd overal for sales in the past month at I think 4 of their six stores. I suppose its cause they kick ass! I need a job so I can buy it, and a few others.

By the way, the post below about Emo being a fad, that was me, I was at school and couldn't log in.

Anonymous (April 2, 2002)

how were blink 182's old albums any better than their new stuff. buddah and cheshire cat have the weakest vocals and the same damn drum beat. that review was too long and boring

SideLinedForLife (April 2, 2002)

For the two post below me:
I actually do like Midtown so I have no idea what you are taking about. Drop the whole paragraph about Drive-Thru because in all honesty it was meant as being sarcastic(in a way). NFG sucks because the singer vocals suck. I hate blink because they did in fact change their style. Finch may be radio friendly but they are still very talented. And Midtown is good like I said. So in all I didnt fail to see that because I realize this band is radio friendly. What of it?

Anonymous (April 2, 2002)

I think that you failed to notice that Finch isnt on the radio and NFG and Blink are. (As far as I know Finch is not on the radio)

Anonymous (April 2, 2002)

I think you failed to notice that Finch has a sound that is very radio friendly, much like NFG, Blink, or Midtown.

Anonymous (April 2, 2002)

Kung Fu does suck, they seem to put out the worst bands. I do agree with the reviewer on Rx Bandits because they have come along way to put out a very awesome record found in Process.

Anonymous (April 2, 2002)

Yeah Drive Thru sucks, but not as much as Kung Fu records

Anonymous (April 2, 2002)

Personally I think it is funny.

SideLinedForLife (April 2, 2002)

TO EVERYONE:
The biggest mistake everyone is making is that you are taking my review too seriously. The main reason that I wrote the part about Drive-Thru was to see what the responses were. Mainly I thought the album was great. I actually think that Drive-Thru does suck. Like I said there are only a couple bands that are good on the label. But thats my opinion. Once again dont take the money thing too seriously because I actually believe that they are for music. Anyway enough of me babbling. This record is awesome.

Anonymous (April 2, 2002)

I understand why many poeple are accusing Drive-Thru of chasing money just because New Found Glory is gaining a following of 12-year-old girls. While I am not a fan of Newfound glory, but an avid fan of other bands on the label, such as Midotwn, Allister, and finch, did it ever occur to you that NFG released 2 records before MCA caught on and brought them up and release the S/T album? New Found Glory's sound never really changed. The only reason that they are selling lots is because Emo and pop-punk is seeing a revival, like ska in the mid 90's. Its a fad right now for all the teenie boppers. But what happens to fad? They fade away. I havn't seen anyone wear tons of Abercrombie and Fitch since I was in 8th grade (take note I am a high school sophomore now). It was a fad.

So in about 1.5-2 years time, Pop-punk will be less popular, and its popularity will fade away. When MCA realizes that Drive-Thru isn't creating such a din about certain bands (like NFG) They will be dropped from the label, and MCA will stop distribution Drive-Thru stuff. Its all a matter of time.

Anonymous (April 2, 2002)

I've heard a few songs from this, they sound amazing. Dude, I'm sorry but you're a moron. Labels do what they want to do, and Drive Thru is not signing these bands to get "rich" by any means. Grow up.

Anonymous (April 2, 2002)

The label "Drive-Thru" is a record label that cares about one thing in my opinion, and that is the money. Yea my friends, it is becoming a sad world in the music industry, because a lot of bands are "catering" to an MTV type atmosphere. They tend to loose their style, and attitude just to make the dollars. Blink is a perfect example. They put out a couple records early in their career that were actually good, and then all of the sudden they become pop. Why? Because more cash is involved if they play their music on the radio and MTV. In order to do this they have to quiet down and play soft for the radio so more people will like it such as thirteen year old girls, moms, ect. Anyway this is where "Drive-Thru" steps in. They have put out such bands as "New Found Glory," which obviously is a very hard working band. The problem is though is that they are a polished pop punk band made safe for little Jeffery to hear, and then they claim their punk. Another thing is that they end up getting printed on t-shirts that little girls will end up buying. In the process they will act as if they had their first orgasm(which they probably did). A lot of bands are turning into this, and this label happens to obviously look for that. BLAH BLAH BLAH... they put out bands like that because that is the kind of record label they are. They have always been a label that puts out so called "pop-punk" and does it well. So they are about money but isnt that the point of a record label, to make money? They are a hard working label and genuinely care abhout the bands, from what the bands on the label say about the owners. They are also not an independent label and pretty much have to do what RCA tell them to do because that is who is funding them and all their bands. Get over the "punker than thou" thoughts and learn that music is music whether you like it or not... stop talking out of your ass too.

Anonymous (April 2, 2002)

album is great, one of the berst from drive thru.

hey dude, can you bakc up some of yr claims against drive thru or what?

Anonymous (April 2, 2002)

Blah Blah Blah! what if they are pop-punk. what's wrong with pop. What about the beatles, they were pop. Not all bands play that kind of music for the money. some probably enjoy that kind of music. It's not a crime to not like the same music as you. For the "weak screams" comment... what is your basis on saying they are weak. I listen to a lot of Hardcore and Metalcore and they are very comparable to the screams in Finch. Not as loud cuz their mostly backup screams but nonetheless, they are not weak. PRops to the glassjaw singer for making an appearence on the cd. kickass..

Anonymous (April 2, 2002)

loose = lose. that's the rookie mistake.

SideLinedForLife (April 2, 2002)

I cant believe I left out Grey Matter as one of the best songs on the album. If you want to know what kind of a job Mark did listen to this song folks.

Anonymous (April 2, 2002)

Someone said in the other Finch review: "mark trombino did the impossible...he polished a turd." Very true, Mark did a very awesome job on this album. Good review and good band. I wanna see them live.

SideLinedForLife (April 2, 2002)

TO THE PERSON THAT POSTED SECOND:
First of all I would like to applaude an intelligent comment. I just cant stand the comments such as "they suck" or "their a horrible band." Because that doesnt explain why their bad.
Second I think that this band is 10 times more talented that NFG. NFG is way too generic, and their lyrics are about the same thing, and arent thoughtful. Finch on the other hand I will admit they are "polished" a little too much but not like NFG. Finch still has a tiny bit of that edge. As for the lyrics. I mean come on no contest here. Finch produces some pretty good lyrics and like I said not too complicated but also not simplistic. Again I would like to praise the production on this cd because it simply rocks. -Rock

Anonymous (April 2, 2002)

"They tend to loose their style, and attitude."
To the guy below my guess is I think the reviewer is saying that these bands "Change" (not loose) their style on purpose to be mainstream.

Anonymous (April 2, 2002)

I was offended by the section on Drive-Thru. I really dont think that they are all for the money but whatever its all opinion. Otherwise the review makes me want to check these guys out further. They sound like a promising band.

Anonymous (April 2, 2002)

Very good review even though half of it was about Drive-Thru. The band is a very excellent band also. This cd is a must have for anyone.

Anonymous (April 2, 2002)

"They tend to loose their style, and attitude just to make the dollars."

loose? c'mon. rookie mistake. album isnt bad...but definitely there for the bucks.

Anonymous (April 2, 2002)

I just wanted to point out that the record is an hour long (but that's because of ender which is 13 minutes).

Anonymous (April 2, 2002)

Project mayhem was actually my favorite song. And the record rips.

Pimps up hoes down,
Big Letter Guy

Anonymous (April 2, 2002)

Ok, let's see. This album isn't terrible. But it is still pop to the core. Wow, they scream a little- but a scream means nothing when it's being yelled by a sissy and has no meaning behind it. This album isn't aggressive at all and is a pop punk album. But, with that said, it isn't a bad album. If you like pop punk in the vein of NFG and add in a few weak hearted screams then you will most likely like this album, it's just not my cup of tea, not enough balls, way too wimpy and whiny.

Anonymous (April 2, 2002)

This cd is amazing to say the least, greta review also, but could have left out the Drive-Thru lecture. The screams at the beginning of grey matter are amazing.

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