Finch Members Respond to Nate Barcalow’s Split Statement
For the third time in their career, Finch have split up. Singer Nate Barcalow revealed the news to fans via his Instagram account after revealing that he had been locked out of the band's social media accounts. But while Barcalow made the news public, the rest of the band are sharing more insight into where things turned sour.
In his recent statement, Barcalow alluded to a difference of opinion with the rest of the band, stating, "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 their own statement posted on their Facebook page, the other band members revealed that they were not on the same page with the singer. "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," they state, adding, "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." The band have posted the tracks which led to the contention via their YouTube page.
The band delve a little bit more into the specifics of the split, and even offer a joke at the end about the "next" reunion in their posting. Read it in full below:
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
With Finch no more, guitarist Alex Linares, bassist Daniel Wonacott and drummer Alex Pappas recently formed a new group named Speak the Truth Even If Your Voice Shakes with Senses Fail's Buddy Nielsen handling vocals. It should be noted that within the comments section of their Facebook statement, Wonacott revealed, "We held on for the better part of a year before we decided to do a different project, and we wrote all new material specifically for that project."
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