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What it is to Burn

What it is to Burn

Finch Reunites For Albums’ 10th Anniversary Tour

Finch, an American post-hardcore band from Temecula, California, headlined at the Norva in Downtown, Norfolk, on Oct. 17.

The group formed in the late ‘90s and released an EP, Falling Into Place, and two full-length albums, What It Is to Burn and Say Hello to Sunshine before declaring a hiatus in 2006.

The band announced a reunion tour last year for the 10th anniversary of their most successful album What It Is to Burn, released in 2002.

“The whole point of this is to give back, to give the real fans a chance to see the show they never saw,” lead guitarist Randy Strohmeyer said.

Finch was opened by touring acts Reason To Rebel, from San Diego, California, and Dance Gavin Dance, from Sacramento, California.

Dance Gavin Dance, another well-known post-hardcore band, premised Finch’s performance with their high-energy screamo, funk and soul amalgamated music.

Replacing Jonny Craig, their new vocalist, Tiliam Pearson, former singer for Tampa, Florida based progressive rock band Tides of Man, delivered hair-raising, high-pitched melodies against Jon Mess’s throat-crushing vocals.

The relatively small crowd of maybe 100 was far from foreshadowing the number coming for Finch. Roughly another 75 showed for the headliner.

The group played popular songs like “What It Is To Burn,” “Stay With Me” and “New Beginnings” among others.

“It was definitely not a disappointment,” said Jesse Phillips, a Senior music production student. “What I came back to see ten years later…they’re still rocking and nailing their style and sound.”

The band has not said whether or not they will continue to create new music and tour together. Strohmeyer said there hasn’t been much talk of a continuation after the anniversary tour.

“I can see it as something that we get back together and do for fun. It just has to be so good we wouldn’t be cheating ourselves, or our fans,” he said. “For now, we’re just going to push ourselves to the absolute farthest point that we can. After that, who knows?”

By Derek Page

Editor in Chief