Album Reviews: Say Hello to Sunshine by FinchFinch occupies a unique space between hardcore and pop-punk. The intensity and aggression of the former is there, hand in hand with the playfulness and hooks of the latter. But that’s not even the half of it. Finch has a variety of styles at its disposal on this, the band’s second album, and is capable at playing everything from moody acoustic balladry to electronic infused rock to spazzcore. I don’t think it’s too crazy to suggest that this band is capable of being a pop-punk Radiohead.
That said, Finch is seriously weighed down by clichés of its chosen genre. The chugging metal riffs that have informed pop-punk ever since Green Day hit the charts are good for a laugh, even if you grew up on Slayer and you honestly enjoy it. But such ironic pleasures get in the way of what Finch is doing. And the frontman Nate Barcalow's over-the-top, nu-metal vocal posturing is just lame, and unnecessary for such a creative band.
Three years on from Finch’s debut, Say Hello to Sunshine rewards listeners who eagerly anticipated the band’s follow-up. But this band still needs to figure out if it wants to settle for being a really good pop-punk band (a pretty dumb genre most of the time) or a great rock band. There is a classic EP (or half an LP) hidden in this album, lost in a sea of merely good, heavy pop-punk. - Cory O'Malley
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