Finch - 'Back To Oblivion' Premiere, Interview

Listen to Finch's first new full-length album in nearly a decade before its official 9/30 release.
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By Elliott Sharp

Finch is back.

Following its 10-year anniversary tours a few years ago, and this year's dates with the Vans Warped Tour, the California post-hardcore band is returning with a brand new album, nine years after the release of 'Say Hello To Sunshine.'

On Sept. 30, Finch will drop its third full-length album, 'Back To Oblivion.' It was produced by Brian Virtue (Deftones, Jane's Addiction, 30 Seconds To Mars), and will be released through Razor & Tie. The day of the release, Finch will kick off a massive tour with Maps & Atlases, Wound and the Helen Earth Band that will keep them on the road until early November (see the dates below). Like we said, Finch is back.

Today we're thrilled to premiere 'Back To Oblivion' in its entirety, one week before it's official release date. Listen below, and pre-order it via iTunes or the official Finch website.

Also, read our interview with Finch bassist Daniel Wonacott. He told us about the making of 'Back To Oblivion,' the band's Warped Tour experiences, and how rock music will never die.

It's been nine years since the last album. Why was right now the right time to return with a new one?

It wasn’t really planned out, to be honest. We started playing together again and rehearsing for the 10 year anniversary tour and when we’re all together, it just always happens that someone shows up with a riff or a song. We were casually jamming new ideas, and at some point we were excited by what was happening and decided to make a record. Although, once we made the decision to write again, it was full force. I spent every second of my off time between tours writing and putting together arrangements. It was fun. We were energized by the 10 year tour and excited by what we were writing. For us to be able to release a new record after so much time off and a failed attempt at third record in 2009, it feels pretty special.

Did you and the band have any anxieties after being gone for so long?

I think you’re always anxious when you’re putting out a new record, no matter how long you’ve been gone. You’re putting yourself out there, you’re pushing your sound forward, trying to write the best songs you’ve ever written. The best part of this process was that there was no pressure; nobody knew that we were writing, nobody expected us to actually release anything new. It gave us a lot of freedom. We didn’t have to release anything unless it was our best work. It had to be a full and realized statement from us.

Nate is quoted as saying your first album "defined post-hardcore early in the decade." Is this album a similar defining moment?

I think, if anything, it defines who we are right now. We don’t care about genres, nor should anybody else, in my opinion. If you’re moved by a song or a band or a sound, who gives a shit if it’s punk or hardcore or country or pop? We make music for ourselves, that’s the only way you get to an honest place. When the band wrote the first record, it wasn’t like everyone was sitting around talking about ‘post-hardcore': the band just made an honest record. I feel like we’ve made a very honest record this time, as well. It doesn’t sound like either of the other two Finch albums, and it shouldn’t. It sounds like us right now. It feels like a Finch record, it moves like a Finch record and we’re really proud of what we were able to accomplish.

What's your favorite song on the new album, and what's the story behind it?

My personal favorite right now is a song called ‘The Great Divide.' It was one of those songs that was lingering around for a while during the writing sessions, and we could never really get it to feel right. At some point, Randy and I said, "Let’s just strip this down to like a Joy Division style verse," and all of the sudden the song started to work. Pappas changed the beat around from what it was, Nate rearranged his melody, and it turned into this wonderfully fresh sounding song for us. I like songs like that: songs that get turned around. I hate leaving good ideas on the table. I’m so pleased with how that one came out because we took out all the crap that was holding the song back and concentrated on the spirit of the song. Now it’s got all this great raw attitude.

What was it like to play Warped Tour this summer? Did you feel like you made a connection with some new, younger audiences?

Warped Tour was a lot of fun. We were kind of expecting it to be a hellish tour, because of the heat and schedule, but it’s so well run now it was really a pleasure to do. We saw all kinds of people out there: young people, old people, other bands. We definitely had something to prove, you know? We didn’t really feel like the old band on the bill; almost everywhere we went, we were pleasantly surprised by the turn out.

Over the last decade, rock music's position has declined in mainstream culture. Every month it seems like someone -- most recently, Gene Simmons -- also declares that it's dead. Does this bother you?

I think rock music is still very important. Rock music represents person freedom and personal expression in a way that other styles of music haven't been able to capture yet. Like I said, genres don’t matter: you can call it rock, pop, hip-hop or whatever. To us it’s about attitude and creating a feeling in the room when we’re playing together. When you plug in your guitar and start playing a song or a riff and it has that contagious feel -- this emotional weight -- that’s what you want to share with people.

Rock is certainly not dead. There’s always going to be some kid that needs an outlet, that will pick up a guitar and experience that personal freedom that comes with playing whatever the hell you want, and people will always want to share that, because it’s powerful. Trends in popular music will always change. That’s not our job. We do what we do because we love it, because nothing beats playing as loud as you can with your best friends and putting together the best songs you can.

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Finch Tour Dates (w/ Maps & Atlases, Wounds and Helen Earth Band)

September 30 – San Diego, CA – Casbah
October 4 – Santa Ana, CA – Observatory
October 8 – Las Vegas, NV – Hard Rock
October 10 – Salt Lake City, UT – In The Venue
October 11 – Denver, CO – Summit Music Hall
October 13 – Minneapolis, MN – Mill City Nights
October 14 – Chicago, IL – Bottom Lounge
October 15 – Detroit, MI – St. Andrews
October 17 – Pittsburgh, PA – Mr. Smalls
October 18 – New York, NY – Gramercy Theater
October 19 – Philadelphia, PA – EFC
October 20 – Boston, MA – Paradise
October 22 – Baltimore, MD – Soundstage
October 23 – Raleigh, MC – Lincoln Theater
October 24 – Jacksonville, FL – Freebird
October 25 – Orlando, FL – The Beacham
October 26 – Atlanta, GA – Masquerade
October 28 – Houston, TX – Warehouse
October 29 – San Antonio, TX – Backstage Live
October 30 – Austin, TX – Red 7
November 1 – Tucson, AZ – TBD
November 2 –Phoenix, AZ – Joes Grotto
November 5 – San Francisco, CA – Slims
November 6 – Sacramento, CA – Slims
November 7 – Los Angeles, CA – Roxy
November 8 – Ventura, CA – Ventura Theatre

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