It’s been nine hectic, unpredictable, long years since Finch‘s sophomore album ‘Say Hello To Sunshine’ hit the shelves and the band were the forefathers of the recent post-hardcore era. EPs, several break-ups, and re-releases have all passed by since, but ‘Back To Oblivion’ marks their first full-length album since 2005, as the band set out to prove that they can still write emotional and gritty rock that’s relevant today without having to rely on their ever popular early records a decade down the road.
The album’s title-track is an explosive start as Nate Barcalow falls straight back into the vocalist he was in the early noughties, making it immediately clear that the band won’t be altering their sound to conform to any new styles or trends. The years are rolled back for a catchy chorus with crashing cymbals that although doesn’t appear to have overly melodic features keeps you singing along throughout; a regular feature in Finch‘s work.
Similarly, ‘Play Dead’ excellently portrays the Californians’ ability to ram a chorus down the throat of the listener by keeping verses quiet and humble then bursting into a deadly hook for maximum juxtaposition.
‘Anywhere But Here’ and ‘Two Guns To The Temple’ lead the record as singles, with the former relying on a handy guitar riff to entice a reaction as the song saunters on without too much purpose, but the latter explores the creative side that Finch have with a distorted backbone and beautifully erratic song layout that somehow meanders into a glorified chorus.
The more structured and subtle tracks in ‘Tarot’ and ‘Picasso Trigger’ take influences from the band’s pinnacle debut, ‘What It Is To Burn’, with impressively memorable segments that will make crowds deafen the band after enough circulation and would have slot into the masterpiece itself nicely, if they were written 12 years ago.
‘Back To Oblivion’ was a monstrous task for Finch to tackle after all these difficult years and, although they may have not have been intentionally putting off this record, it has certainly become a thorn in their side and they can now be relieved the album is complete and they’ve done a damn good job. Any drastic change in the sound of the band would have been met with a backlash and, although they’ll still receive stick for not progressing themselves as much as some may have expected, sticking to their guns has proved to be a success.
Put simply, fans of Finch will enjoy this immensely, but if ‘What It Is To Burn’ didn’t convince you then this certainly won’t.
Written by Michael Heath (@MikeBeef)