Finch’s career has been an interesting one to track. What began as a Drive Thru Records typicality of pop-punk-meets-post-hardcore in the early 2000s turned more exquisite with 2005’s Say Hello to Sunshine, followed by a slowing down period that made most people think they were done for good. But the flame was reignited after some What It Is to Burn anniversary shows a few years back. So, after all this time and consideration, Finch has a new album. And from their first single, I can tell it’s going to rock.
It’s obvious there are remnants of What It Is to Burn and Say Hello to Sunshine left in these guys, but hints of those two records are few and far between. “Two Guns to the Temple” is probably more reminiscent of their 2008 self-titled EP than anything; really, though, it sets itself apart. This three-minute-long headbanger is evidence that the group is attempting to redefine themselves, and their new sound is outspoken and fresh in the way it rumbles along. Defined by resounding guitar melodies, Nate Barcalow’s all-over-the-place vocals, and some chaos wrapped into the package, this song is a hard rock beast. Lots of vibes can be tracked, including a very heavy Incubus styling; perhaps that’s just me, but I sense a lot of ‘90s alt-rock – and even some punchy post-hardcore from the days of yore – running through this track’s veins.
The best aspect of the song is its instrumental makeup, and that comes from the supreme songwriting the band boasts. While Burn had the group consistently pouring out their emotions, Sunshine proved with its focus on musical capacity and sonic artistry that their angst had already reached a high. In “Two Guns”, a bit of angst is encapsulated in its crazed melodies, perhaps releasing some overdue energy from the years the band spent apart. By tooling more with their writing approach, enhancing their cohesiveness and drawing sounds from all avenues of inspiration, Finch has tapped into some richness that even I didn’t realize existed. The excellent layering of guitars in the chorus brings a unique hard rock feel, and Barcalow’s vocal musings bounce from one to another quickly. This track just wastes no time finding itself.
“Two Guns to the Temple” savors every moment by crawling into its own punk rock prowess. It showcases Finch at a new horizon in their existence — one exemplified by craggy instrumentation, moody playing, and some new-found energy. Obviously the quintet is going down a worthwhile road, or else they wouldn’t have gotten back together and recorded this new record. From the superior quality of writing and the energetic execution of this new song, Back to Oblivion is gearing up to make this return a successful one.
You can listen to “Two Guns to the Temple” over at Alternative Press.
Hard Rock/Post-Hardcore | Razor & Tie