Finch's first full-length album "what it is to burn" not only went gold, but helped mold a new genre of music while doing so. The band has matured artistically and continues to push boundaries. With their new cd 'Say Hello To Sunshine', finch allowed for maximum creative freedom for the recording process and took a year in their hometown of Temecula (60 miles north of san diego) to make something uniquely finch. MCA. 2005.
Naysayers of hard rock and metal describe the genre as bordering on one-directional, when the truth is that great hard music is so much more than that. An amalgamation of jazz rhythms, emotive metal-influenced vocals and strong instrumentation happens when the genre hits it just right. Finch contained all of those elements on their much-heralded full-length, What It Is To Burn
, and the result created a nearly religious fan base; expectations have been high during the three year wait for their new disc Say Hello To Sunshine
. The strongest tracks on this release are ultimately are the most jagged, from the opening guttural growl of "Insomniatic Meat" to tracks like "Fireflies" and "Miro" which shows the group's emo-core colors brightly. Their whisper-to-a-scream tendencies are all over the disc, as the group moves from mixed tempos with deep howls to straight-up belted-out choruses. There is an obvious System Of A Down-meets-Linkin Park reference that also can't be ignored. The lead single, "Bitemarks and Bloodstains," is deceptive--the disc is consistently harder than this song. In fact, the whole is much stronger than the single. --Denise Sheppard