New band: The Finches

Spotted via metafilter, where poster Googly has it just about perfectly: "the best angular, atonal, postpunk, improvisational guitar I've heard in a while."


  1. hmm…at points it actually reminds of Neil Young’s score for Dead Man…which I actually really like…

  2. Meh. I saw them last spring up in Wisconsin, before they became this sad, fat, bloated parody of themselves.

    That’s how I’ll remember them. They were hungry then.

  3. Official whine about the birds having better gear than I do…
    But, Zoe Keating should get in touch with these people.

  4. my 21-month old daughter found this wonderful almost to the end, when she dismissed it as yet another sonic youth remake. sigh.

  5. It’s like Sonic Youth, only without the indie posturing and pretentiousness!

    I’d hate to be their guitar tech, though… fretboards all covered in finch poop… feh.

  6. What grimshaw said: it really does sound a lot like the DEAD MAN soundtrack, which really is awesome. Damn, Neil….

  7. I was going to post about how it sounded like the soundtrack for Dead Man, but that seems redundant now!

    However, since there apparently happen to be several people around who know that soundtrack, here’s a question I’ve been wondering about since I bought it in 1995 or so: my copy of the soundtrack (the album, not the film, that is) has some very strange, occasional noises in the background. They sound very much like car doors being shut… which seems incongruous with the film’s 19th century setting. Anybody else noticed those noises? They’re only on the album, not in the movie, as far as I know. And, does anybody have any idea what these noises *are*? I’m pretty certain they can’t be from car doors…

  8. “It’s like Sonic Youth, only without the indie posturing and pretentiousness!”

    I can’t begin to explain how wrong that statement is. I’d like to see you find a more authentic band than Sonic Youth in the 80s, 90s, and 00s.

    1. No, fuck Sonic Youth. I shelled out good money to see them about 10 years ago expecting to hear the goo / dirty era stuff, and was treated to an hour of self-indulgent, shoe-gazing, instrumental, neo-art-rock crap. They would have been booed off the stage if they had the good taste to leave the stage, so they were just booed.

      “Indie posturing and pretentiousness” is dead on.

      1. What’s wrong with “shoe-gazing, instrumental, neo-art-rock”? Both of my experiences watching them play live have been excellent, and no-one booed. Obviously you can’t handle the jandle so you better get out of the paddling pool.

        1. What’s wrong with “shoe-gazing, instrumental, neo-art-rock”?

          Ughh. Whats right with it?

          If they hadn’t promoted the tour for months with radio ads blaring ‘cool thing’, I would have a lot more sympathy for your position.

  9. WHOAH! Duuuuude!

    don’t you see the finch setting up a sweet prepared guitar???

    That finch is so ahead of it’s species, er, um…. time!

    Ya, that’s it.

  10. hahah equating sonic youth with cool thing is like…


    its like equating somebody with something unrepresenatative thats what it is

    dont judge a book by its cover and especially dont judge a band by the promo materials the agency management and tour promoter put together i dont know how to break it to you but advertising often LIES

  11. Up until a few seconds into the video, I was really excited that the lovely San Francisco folk pop band, The Finches was getting “boinged”. Then, I thought, “kinda a little too expected, to have finches in their… actually, this doesn’t sound much like The Finches…” But it does sound really good! I’m inspired to make a guitar case bird bath/goldfish pond… (I guess those might be crossed purposes… but a delight for the cat, especially if it’s in-ground).

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