Hailing from the Bay Area of California, indie alternative 5 piece Finish Ticket shows their potential for a bright music career in the form of they debut album Tears You Apart. They’ve got the pizzaz of a Young The Giant meets American Authors hybrid with the same ‘let’s get lost in the music’ appeal as Imagine Dragons, but they successfully distinguish themselves as an individual unit.
Tears You Apart begins with “Numb,” a peppy and semi retro sounding track with a catchy chorus of “it’s numb to feel normal/it’s normal to feel numb…” Following the retro-ish style are “Pockets” and “Killing Me.” “In The Summer” is the epitome of a perfect bonfire song because you can’t help but picture sitting on the beach with a group of friends and a beer in your hand. The album’s first single “Tranquilize” is anthem-like with thought-provoking lyrics and definitely showcased their future potential. The other tracks on the album include the ‘I’m not ready to grow up yet’ themed “Doctor,” “Lying Through Our Teeth” (which for some reason reminds me of Weezer‘s “Pork and Beans” musically), and they even throw in an intermission track in the form of “Naive-Tea.” The album ends with the mellow, campy and perfectly harmonizing “Take It Out.”
I always respect songs that can have more than one storyline to it and “Catch You On My Way Out” definitely does that. It’s lyrics of “I pack my bags this fall/and do I show I care?/nah, I put my feet down anywhere” could absolutely be about having to end your relationship before heading to college due to fear of putting too much strain on it. However, its dream-like instrumentation and marching band drums weaved in paired with lines like “and I’ll catch you on my way out/I’ll catch you on my way out of town” gives the song a whole new idea of someone going off to the military.
When a band has a set style for a majority of the album, it’s always cool when they throw in a song that’s so completely different that you have to listen to it again and again wrap your head around it. “Bring The Rain” is a slower track with harder drums and guitaring than the rest of the album. Its darker, hauntingly emotional nature is similar to that of Arctic Monkeys and its lyrics certainly add to its beauty. It brings up a point that not a whole lot of people realize happens – while “the days may change/with the length of your hair/and the clothes that you wear/you’re still some kid/and you’re farther from home than ever before.” Frontman Brendan Hoye’s vocals really brings a genuine realness to it where it appeals to anyone on any walk of life (plus, that boy can seriously hold that last ‘goodbye’ at the end of the song!)
Finish Ticket put a solid debut album and I wouldn’t be surprised if it brings them a bunch of exposure. Their music fits very well with what is popular in the industry right now so there’s no doubt that they should be receiving airplay all over the place soon.