What It Is To Burn X Live (Double)
Tragic Hero TGH1-13701
Released on March 25, 2014
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Formed in Temecula, CA
in 1999, the quintet of Nate
Barcalow, Alex Linares, Randy
Strohmeyer, Alex Pappas
and Derrek Doherty known
as Finch, are labeled as the
fore-fathers of the “screamo”
and post hardcore genre. Influenced
by the hard leanings
of bands like Deftones and
Hum, and the pop sensibilities
of Jimmy Eat World and
Blink-182, Finch began a sonic
revolution in popular music
that still echoes today.
The band signed to Drive-Thru
Records in 2001 after guitarist Strohmeyer sent out a demo to owners Richard
and Stephanie Reines while he was working on the label’s street team.
Drive-Thru saw something in the Southern California band and decided
to take a risk on a sound that was more aggressive than their current range
of artists. Their first EP, Falling into Place sold more than 6,000 copies
within the first few months and gave them the momentum they needed to
create their groundbreaking first album What It Is To Burn. Recorded in
the winter of 2001, What It Is To Burn was released the following spring.
The album produced three radio hits, charted Number 1 on the Billboard
Heatseekers chart and 188 on the Billboard 200.
They spent years touring in support of What It Is To Burn, sharing
the stage with the likes of Glassjaw, The Starting Line, Yellowcard, and
Blink-182, among others. In 2005, they decided it was time for a follow up,
and went in a more artsy direction with Say Hello To Sunshine. Drummer
Alex Pappas left the band and was replaced by Marc Allen. After years of
heavy touring, the band went on a short hiatus, rejoining one another in
2007 with new bassist Daniel Wonacott to record their self-titled EP. Critics
hailed the EP as a return to glory while still adding to their old sound.
Finch would tour off the release for a few years until deciding on another
break in 2009.
In 2013, Finch reunited to its nearly original lineup and announced that
they would embark on the What It Is To Burn Ten Year Anniversary
tour. The group performed the full-length in its entirety with a few extra
bonuses for fans along the way. One concert in particular in Pomona, CA
was filmed and recorded and will be released via Tragic Hero Records on
01/07/14. With no bad blood and everything firing on all fronts, it’s hard to
tell what will come next for Finch, but one thing remains certain: all eyes
are watching to find out.