Nate Barcalow: Vocals
Alex Lineras: Guitar
Randy Strohmeyer: Guitar
Daniel Wonacott: Bass
Drew Marcogliese: Drums
“Daylight shines on me, burning out the enemy” - “Daylight”
2008 marks a return to form for Southern California’s Finch. With a new self-titled EP, the band’s fourth official release since 2002, the genre-defining band has returned and is stronger than ever.
| Finch rose to prominence with the release of 2002’s genre blending album What it is to Burn (Drive-Thru) turning pop-punk on it’s head and seamlessly integrating hardcore, electronic, and hard rock into to a classic collection of songs which would go on to define a new genre for a new generation, ultimately selling over 500,000 copies and inspiring a host of new artists.
In 2005, Finch released Say Hello to Sunshine (Geffen), an album that challenged the band’s pop-punk roots and again pushed the boundaries of the emotional genre of music they helped define. Say Hello to Sunshine has, over the last two years, become both a defiant artistic statement and a fan favorite, but the album ultimately resulted in pushing the band apart.
After a two-year hiatus, Finch has returned with a self-titled EP and plans for a new full length in the very near future. With the new addition of drummer Drew Marcogliese and bassist Daniel Wonacott, Finch is complete and more importantly… happy.
“…I feel like we picked up right where we left off,” says Alex Lineras, “We all get along so well now and have fun together, we’re best friends. It wasn’t like that in the past. So yeah, I definitely feel like a different band… maybe a better band.”
2008 has been a busy year for the newly reformed Finch, with a headlining US tour to kick off the year, a European tour and several festival main stage appearances, all culminating with release of a new self-titled EP.
The opening track “Daylight” is an explosive reminder of just how powerful Finch can be, a song spinning a strange tale of inner struggle and the hope of a brighter day. (“until we make contact / don’t you take my daylight”). It has a powerful hook, the song is closer to the material found on “What it is to Burn” without repeated any of the old tricks. “Daylight” is a new evolution for a band that seems to evolve faster than any of their peers.
Of the new material Lineras says, “We’re focused on writing songs that connect with people.”
“The EP represents a great time in the life of the band,” says Wonacott “We all click so well when it comes to writing, and we’re really ¬very proud of the these songs.”
The EP closes with the epic “Chinese Organ Thieves” a cinematic vision of guilt and caution. The song finds the band spreading its wings like never before, branching out into impressive choral harmonies and a new, more powerful interpretation of what Finch can be.
The EP makes a powerful statement that Finch is back and ready to continue delivering their unique brand of rock, a brand that has shined bright for the better part of a decade.
“All I know is I have to make music,” says Barcalow, “It’s in my soul, its something I have to do.”