By Brian Ossip, DC Music Live
It seems like all the rage lately has been a band going out on tour to support the 10th anniversary of one of its seminal albums. New Found Glory did it recently for their Sticks and Stones record. Fans have been clamoring for Fall Out Boy to tour with Take This To Your Grave. And now Finch is heading out for a tour that most fans thought would never happen – the What It Is To Burn 10th Anniversary Tour.
After forming in the late ’90s, Finch burst on to the scene with WIISTB, released on Drive-Thru Records, and the strength of their lead singles, “Letters To You,” “New Beginnings,” and the title track. The band managed to ride the thin line between hardcore and pop-punk, but still crafted a sound unique to them.
After releasing their second full-length album, Say Hello To Sunshine in 2005, the band announced that they would be going on hiatus. They reunited briefly in 2007 and even released an EP, but disbanded again in 2010. However, late last year the band announced that they would be reuniting for a single show in Pamona, CA. The response to the shows was so overwhelming, though, that, according to guitarist Randy Strohmeyer, the band decided to add three more dates at the same venue.
“People flew in from all over the country, Australia, you name it,” said Strohmeyer in a phone interview with DC Music Live as he was figuring out what laundry to do and pack with him for the tour. “It was incredible, the response was overwhelming.”
According to Strohmeyer, there really weren’t any plans beyond those stand-alone shows. “The anniversary tour wasn’t even
something we were thinking about until we were approached about the idea. And then once the idea was brought up, everyone said yes.”
The band is viewing the shows as a way to give back to the fans who have stayed by them for so long, even during their absence. “We are going to be playing the entire album front-to-back, and a few other surprises as well.”
The one thing he would confirm, though, is that they will be sticking to songs that were recorded with original drummer Alex Pappas, who left the band before the recording of Sunshine due to musical differences. “We really want to be true to what fans love the most about Finch, and with Alex back in the mix, we want to stay true to that era of the band that people really hold in their hearts.”
Ultimately, though, Strohmeyer says he is just excited to get out and play music with his best friends. “I toured for a while with my friends in Good Old War, and it was fun, but it just wasn’t the same,” adding that “we are really playing the best of our lives together, and I can’t wait for these shows.
Finch will be at the Fillmore Silver Spring on Thursday, March 14 with special guest The Almost. Tickets are still on sale here.