UPDATE: Thursday, Oct. 20 at 2:20 p.m. EST
Finch has posted a statement to Facebook that changes the story of frontman Nate Barcalow's statement. Instead of the band disbanding, Finch says that “Nate quit again, for the third time in the bands history.” They also shared the last two songs they recorded, which the band are “really proud of,” on their YouTube channel.
At the end of the post, Finch teased a 15-year What It Is To Burn tour for next year. Read the full statement and listen to the unreleased Finch songs below, and let us know what you think about this situation in the comments.
“Within the last 10 years Finch has only released ONE full length album… That can’t be understated. In 2009, Nate walked away from an album and quit. Yesterday, Nate quit again, for the third time in the bands history (2004, 2009, & 2016). We all knew it was coming, it was not a shock. In 2015 we wrote a batch of songs, but did not have a completed album. We entered the studio with a producer friend of ours to work on some material that would complete the album and begin pre-production on the songs we already had. Nate was a no show for the majority of these sessions and chose to stop communicating with the band in January 2016. Throughout 2016 there have been tour offers we’ve had to pass on, festival appearances we’ve passed on because we were unable to reach Nate. I think it is important for Finch fans to know that we’ve always had the best intentions, we always strove to create the best songs we could, but you cannot control other peoples' behavior. Nate’s choice to quit again is disappointing, but not unexpected.
We’re really proud of the last two songs we recorded as a band. In Nate’s mind the stylistic change was enough to throw away his career. We just thought they were great Finch songs. We’ve posted both them on the Finch youtube channel, and hope you enjoy them.
Cheers everybody! We'll see y'all next year for the What It Is To Burn 15 year anniversary tour!
-Grizzly, Daniel, and Pappas”
ORIGINAL POST: Wednesday, Oct. 19 at 7:49 p.m. EST
According to The PRP, Finch frontman Nate Barcalow has announced his band's third breakup in a private post on Instagram, saying they are “done playing together.” Barcalow also uploaded demos of Finch's scrapped album, which they, as noted in his statement, began in summer of 2015.
See the full statement and listen to the demos below.
Finch began in 1999 and went on a hiatus in 2006 after the release of two albums, What It Is to Burn and Say Hello to Sunshine. They reformed in 2007—but subsequently disbanded in 2010.
In 2012, the band resurfaced again, playing a series of shows celebrating the tenth anniversary of What It Is to Burn. Finch then signed to Razor & Tie in 2014 and released Back To Oblivion in September 2014.
They self-released Steel, Wood and Whiskey, an acoustic album, in 2015.
This news comes on the same day (Oct. 19) that three Finch members' (drummer Alex Pappas and guitarists Alex “Grizz” Linares and Daniel Wonacott) new project with Senses Fail's Buddy Nielsen premiered on AP their first song, “Crash My Car.” Listen to that Speak The Truth… Even If Your Voice Shakes song below the Finch demos, and read the feature on them here.
Statement (transcribed by The PRP):
Since I have been locked out of all Finch social media and this is my only outlet to 'speak the truth', I figured I would address at least the fans who follow me here and put this thing to bed.
With a heavy heart, I am sorry to say that Finch is done playing together.
Like most creative endeavors, the direction of the art and the delegation of control was no longer a collective decision. It’s sad but it happens and there is no point in fighting an up hill battle.
In my personal opinion the band would have never made it as far as it did without the devout support of the fans, and so to you I would like to thank you all from the bottom of my broken heart.
In the summer of 2015 Finch had started working on a new record which has since been abandoned and left for dead…until now. I have decided that as a last gift to you all I am going to release the demos of these songs. I still believe in these ideas and think that they deserve to be heard (even in their most raw form). I have put them up on my YouTube channel with lyrics included, so go take a listen.
I am extremely grateful for all that I had in Finch and being able to connect with you through the music that we made. I will continue to make music and I am looking to the future with hope.
Love and respect,