"Say Hello to Sunshine" (Drive Thru Records; 2006)

Reviewed by Snidermann


At first glance, Finch's "Say Hello To Sunshine" is just another spongerock CD that gets way too much airplay on MTV (the non-music television). 

However, after awhile, I found myself appreciating the track of logic that the band is traveling. I reviewed the band's earlier CD, "What It is to Burn," in 2002 and enjoyed what I heard then, and Finch has just gotten better with age. 

This music here is unpredictable, sometimes light punk and then, in the next second, a heavy metal influence is thrown in. The songs are strong, well thought out tunes that sometimes come too close to sucking out loud, but -- just before that happens -- the music takes a left turn and the project is lifted up and away.

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"What It Is To Burn" (Drive Thru Records' 2002)

Reviewed by Snidermann


Finch's "What It Is To Burn" cannot be categorized. Their style runs from light punk to melodic rock to hard rock with a bit of industrial thrown in. What a mix! This is one talented band. 

Despite the varying styles, the music flows smoothly from one track to the next and brings forth strange emotions and an almost surreal quality that is hard to describe. Regardless, Finch is one impressive band that puts the wide range of weapons in its arsenal to expert use.

Okay, not all of the songs on this release hooked me, but I did dig the variety of the music presented and the charismatic and varied style. If you like rock'n'roll that's fresh, you probably won't find it fresher than Finch.

Finch: Alex Pappas - drums; Derek Soherty - bass; Nate Barcalow - vocals; Randy Strohmeyer - guitar; Alex Linares - guitar; Mark Trombino - programming. 

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Rating Guide:

A classic. This record will kick your ass.

Killer. Not a classic but it will rock your world.

So-so. You've heard better.

Pretty bad. Might make a nice coaster.

Self explanatory. Just the sight of the cover makes you wanna hurl.

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