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Finch remind the world why they're so goddamn significant with Back to Oblivion. It's not only a return-to-form for the group, but it's also a crucial record for the post-hardcore genre. Back to Oblivion will prove to be just as seminal as What It Is To Burn because the group maintains the same passion and urgency that marked their initial explosion.
In this exclusive interview with ARTISTdirect.com editor in chief Rick Florino, Finch frontman Nate Barcalow talks Back to Oblivion and so much more.
Did you approach Back To Oblivion with one vibe or vision in mind?
I don't think we did musically. We were just writing songs, and we kept getting better and better. We picked the best of the bunch. I'd say lyrically I tied to everything together with certain vibes. If they seem like they're uniform, it's because of that.
What is that vibe?
As I'm getting older, I find it harder to find subject matter and write about certain things so there was a desperation through the whole thing. It's an on-edge feeling of things self-destructing. It's a warning that things could fall apart if you're not careful. That's a vibe throughout the whole record. It's a tense, unsure feeling.
What encouraged that?
I'm not sure. I just came up with some concepts in my head that went with those themes. In every song I wrote lyrics for, it kept popping up. It's not that every song is about the same thing, but they're all related through that vibe. I don't really know where it came from. I just wrote one and another. They all started feeling the same lyrically, as if they were connected.
In general, is it important for you to tell stories and paint pictures with the songs?
Yeah, I try to. Say Hello to Sunshine was very cryptic. That's sort of my style. I don't like to be too obvious with any words or phrases. I just sprinkle little things here and there that maybe people understand or they don't. I'm very visual-based. I like a lot of movies. Imagery is very inspiring to me. When I write lyrics, I try to paint a picture, like you said, so when people listen to it they get certain visuals in their heads. It guides them through the song. I like to paint pictures.
What's the story behind "New Wave"?
Originally, Alex Linares wrote the song, and it was a heavier full band song. Our producer Brian Virtue was into it, but he really wasn't into it the way it was. We decided to take a different approach, break it down to acoustic, and make it a lot more vibe-y. We saved it till the end, and we didn't really rehearse anything for it. We let it sit there, took a day in the studio, recorded it, and it came out the way it was. I felt like it should've been a hidden track. In the digital era, those don't really exist. You just download things, and it's right there. It's a sleepy wind down piece. After the record's over, this comes on.
Where did "Inferium" come from?
That was another jam day in the rehearsal space. I just picked up a guitar and started playing some things. Everybody came in the room and was like, "That's cool". We just jammed out until it was a song. That's sort of the antithesis to the whole story. In the record, there's everybody's worldly place. By the end, everything has broken down and self-destructed. There are only a few people left called The Inferium. They're outcasts from society. They don't have much left in their lives except for love and a hope things will get better. It's from the perspective of people who have been there and seen it all happen and come down. Now, there's only hope and the chance to rebuild things. It's a great closer because it's the end of the record's story so to speak.
If you were to compare the album to a movie or a combination of movies, what would you compare it to?
It'd probably be something super strange like a David Lynch movie. There's a film called Beyond The Black Rainbow that I really like. The visuals and colors in that movie are always stuck in my head. The whole way that movie makes me feel is very uncomfortable and uncertain. There are a lot of bright colors and the soundtrack is great. Without consciously pulling specific images from it, the vibe of that movie is how I felt when I was writing lyrics. It was very uncertain. You don't know where it's going. It's creepy at time, and sometimes things might be getting better but they aren't. If I had to choose a movie, it'd be that one.
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