Finch at The Fillmore Silver Spring

By Chip Tamplin

Published on Sunday, March 17, 2013

It’s kind of surreal to me that I’m coming up on the five-year anniversary of the first show I ever covered. Sure, I’d been to a hundred + shows before that, but actually covering a show is a whole other beast entirely. Over the course of the past five years I’ve only ever had to buy tickets for one show and frankly I’d gotten burnt out on seeing the same bands and tours week in and week out. I stopped enjoying shows from a fans perspective and I found myself taking a pretty long hiatus from shows (for me, any ways). I couldn’t remember the last time I’d just gone to a show strictly as a fan of the band to watch their show and just soak it all in. That all changed last night.

Last night was a true “throw back Thursday”. One of my favorite bands during my high school days playing what is still one of my all-time favorite albums – What it is to Burn – in its entirety. I’d seen Finch twice before – once way back in 2005 and then again in 2008 for their reunion tour. Back then, while they sounded good, you could feel the animosity and turmoil amongst band members and it took away from the show.

As soon as their set started one thing was very clear – this was a band that was happy to be back in front of their fans and genuinely happy to be playing music again. Every one on stage just looked like they were having a blast throughout the entire set and that made the show all the more enjoyable for me and the fans as a whole.

When their 10th Anniversary tour was announced I could hardly contain my excitement. Even as the stage was set for their return last night, it didn’t hit me that I was actually getting to experience this until the house lights went out and they started into “New Beginnings”. From there they proceeded to play the entire album – save for the title track – for an unbelievable trip down memory lane. And they weren’t kidding about doing the whole album – they even performed “Ender” in all of its thirteen-minute glory.

Following the completion of “Ender” – and to start their encore – the band went on to play my favorite Finch song – “Worms of the Earth”, two B-sides in “Bury Me” and “New Kid” then finally the song the entire crowd had been frothing at the mouth for all night – “What it is to Burn”. Even those in attendance who’d managed to stay somewhat reserved throughout the show let loose for this one. Mosh pits sprung up all around the venue and it became almost impossible to hear vocalist Nate Barcalow over the crowd, who were emphatically screaming the chorus back at him. It was a truly epic way to finish a fantastic night filled with friends, great music and memories.

Not only did Finch put on one of the best shows I’ve seen in many, many years, but they revitalized my love of concerts. If you haven’t seen Finch before, I can’t recommend (and thank them) enough.

Vocals: 9.5
Crowd Response: 9
Overall Sound: 10
Band Activity: 10
Overall Rating: 10



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