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Finch frontman says latest reunion is "pretty overwhelming"

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Finch has broken up twice before, but frontman Randy Strohmeyer says the group's current reunion -- to celebrate the 10-year anniversary of its debut album, "What It is To Burn" -- has been "pretty overwhelming. In a good way."

"The weirdest thing about the time in between now and then is it doesn't seem like that long ago at all," says Strohmeyer, 29. "I don't know if that's a good or a bad thing. For most people, a decade is quite a bit of time, but for me it feels like a really long dream, and then you wake up and you're like, 'I want to go back to that place.'

"So this is like getting to go dream again, and it's pretty...cool. We're just really thankful that we have this chance to go out and play to people that seem to want us to play for them. It's sort of hard to even get into how awesome it feels."

Strohmeyer would like to keep the feeling, but he's not making any predictions. Finch has released three albums, including the 2009's "A Far Cry From Home," and a trio of EPs, while some demos for an unfinished third album have leaked online, much to the group's disappointment. Strohmeyer says he and his bandmates "hope to fill the year" with more touring, and after that he says it's anyone's guess.

"I wish I could stay in Finch for the rest of my life -- I also wish I could be 19 again," he explains with a laugh. "It's tough when everyone's sort of growing up and in their own little places. (The future) is not something we've really discussed at all. It's kind of a touch subject, almost, even though we're all still friends.

"But if we hypothetically go and make new music, it would have to be the best music ever. If it wasn't, there's no reason to do it, and this (tour) would be a good way to go out."

Finch, Lower Than Atlantis, The World Is A Beautiful Place and I Am No Longer Afraid To Die perform Friday, March 8, at Saint Andrews Hall, 431 E. Congress St., Detroit. Doors open at 7 p.m. Tickets are $25. Call 313-961-6358 or visit www.saintandrewsdetroit.com.

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