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Music Reviews

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Castle Talk
Don Giovanni
Trent Reznor & Atticus Ross - The Social Network [Original Soundtrack]
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The Social Network [Original Soundtrack]
The Null Corporation
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Halcyon Digest
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Everything in Between
Sub Pop
Robyn - Body Talk Pt. 1/ Body Talk Pt. 2
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The Walkmen - Lisbon
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Fat Possum
Finch
What It Is To Burn
Drive Thru Records

Rating: NR/10 ?


October 1, 2004
Much like many bands these days, Finch takes driving melodic punk rock and mix it up with emotional screaming and singing. If you could mix Thursday, Jimmy Eat World, Glassjaw, New Found Glory, The Deftones all together the final outcome wouldn't be far from what Finch sounds like. They take so much influence from Glassjaw that they even got Daryl from Glassjaw to do guest vocals throughout the entire album. This adds a great deal of intensity to the album that I feel would be missing otherwise. An intensity used to very great effect to the final product on What It Is To Burn. Without it, it would still be a powerful release but this definitely added so much more.

Finch may be on the Drive Thru Records label, but don't let yourself simply lump them with the rest of the Drive Thru Roster, because they are not the stereotypical Drive Thru band. They are brutal at times and much heavier than anyone else on the Drive Thru Roster. This band could be Drive Thru Records' saving grace. This could be exactly what the label needs in order to led them away from all the stereotyping. Within the past year I've watched just about every label broaden their 'typical' sound and sign bands that do not exactly fit in with their original bands. Hopefully we will see more releases that are not clones of Drive Thru's previous releases.

This is an extremely strong debut album for such a young band. Finch has great potential to become bigger and bigger as the years go by. Not only have they put out an outstanding album but they have helped Drive Thru Records break the mold and toy with some new fire. I would love to see more bands like Finch - after all how many more New Found Glorys and Midtowns do they need?

Reviewed by Andy Vaughn
Andy Vaughn is a longtime friend of LAS magazine, where he has contributed occasionaly. He much prefers writing for The Toilet online, however that website seems to have died.

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