Last year, when the Southern California punk troupe Finch reunited to celebrate the 10-year anniversary of its debut album, guitarist Randy Strohmeyer said the idea of making new music was “kind of touchy.”
“We’re all friends, but it’s such a weird idea to us,” Strohmeyer, 31, explains. “If we hypothetically had Finch going and making new music, it would have to be the best music ever. If it wasn’t, there’d be no point in doing it.”
Last month’s appearance of “Back to Oblivion,” Finch’s first new studio album in nine years — and following a run on this summer’s Vans Warped Tour — shows the group got over those reservations. Strohmeyer says he’s a little surprised by how happy the group is to be back in active duty and having another chance to make an impact like it did on its original albums, 2002’s “What It is to Burn” and “2005’s “Say Hello To Sunshine.”
“When you go to record something or make a record of something, it marks a specific moment for you in your life, like the soundtrack to a specific time in your life,” he explains. “For me, when I was growing up in the ’80s it was, like, ‘London Calling’ or something by the Clash. That kind of record reminds me a lot of growing up.
“So I feel like it’s a special thing to have what you do recognized. If it connects outside of your world and crosses over into other people’s lives, that’s pretty ... cool.”
Strohmeyer adds that “Back to Oblivion” helps Finch resolve some unfinished business, and now he’s hoping the reunited band will be a going concern.
“I think the timing was right,” says Strohmeyer, who credits Finch’s manager, Andy Harris, with bringing Finch back together. “We never thought of it ourselves. Andy just called each one of us, one by one, and each of us said, ‘Yeah, that’d be pretty cool.’
“I never thought of even bringing the idea up to the guys. I just thought everyone’s sort of doing their own thing and everyone seems pretty all right in their own little worlds, so it’s time to move on. But moving on for Finch has always been difficult. We’ve had our ups and downs as a band, and what we’re doing now feels really awesome. It’s worth going through those ups and downs — and maybe even learning how not to have them anymore if we can.”
• Finch, Maps and Atlases, Wounds and Helen Earth
• Wednesday, Oct. 15. Doors open at 7 p.m.
• Saint Andrews Hall, 431 E. Congress St., Detroit
• Tickets are $27
• Call 313-961-6358 or visit www.saintandrewsdetroit.com
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