FINCH – Two Guns To The Temple
aaamusic | On 28, Oct 2014
As odd as it may seem, this is probably the first Finch song I have ever listened to, so I’m going into this completely unbiased.
Obviously I’d heard of the band, but they have somehow always managed to escape my ears. I was surprised to learn that ‘Two Guns To The Temple’ comes from their third full-length album, Back to Oblivion – I’d assumed they had a bigger back catalogue – but this comeback album does come nine years after their last full-length.
The song begins with an aggressive yet simple drum fill and is immediately followed by the first verse. Instantly, I am reminded of MTV2 in the 2000s. Grungy, punky, post-hardcore and almost nu-metal in places, but all-round rock music. The vocalist clearly has a wide and varied voice, which he shows off throughout the song. The other members clearly know their stuff too, but there’s nothing that stands out. No big guitar riffs, no crazy bass action and no eyebrow-raising drumming. The track has an near-catchy chorus and vast dynamic changes that keep it interesting. At just under three minutes, it’s a short and punchy piece that doesn’t try to be anything more.
I can’t speak for fans and those who are familiar with Finch’s previous releases, but as an objective listener, this is an alright track. It’s not the best thing I’ve ever heard and it’s certainly not the worst. I just can’t help but feel it’s lacking something, perhaps a decent guitar riff or two. I suspect, though, that the Finch fans are happy to have some new material and already quite like it.