For Fans Of: Sonic Youth, Pavement, Yo La Tengo.
London’s Finlay were childhood friends inspired by the scratchy recordings of Drag City and Sub Pop bands. Their debut album “I Dreams and Visions” was released on Fortuna POP! in late 2003, described variously as “a ragged and wonderful sliver of a debut” (Kerrang! KKKK), “clever, spiky lo-fi post rock” (Uncut) and “a skelter stitch together of heroic and inspired pop music… as brilliant as such casually sculpted sidewalking can get." (Careless Talk).
Finlay’s new 10-song album was recorded with Simon Trought (Jim Reid, Television Personalities, Comet Gain).
More sonically cohesive than their debut, Finlay remain in thrall to their american alt-rock influences, as illustrated by the opening two tracks of skewed noise pop, but 2 years on-and-off in the studio has widened the scope of their ambition.
The extraordinary “Mary IV” is the first song to depart from the template, a 9-minute epic about teenage jam sessions and the literal fall of Mary, a real woman encountered by Finlay many years ago and a recurring character in their songs.
As achingly melodic as “Mary IV” is ambitious, “Hanging Crowds”, “Conan: the College Years” and the lo-folk ballad “Something New”, demonstrate another, softer side to Finlay, in keeping with the themes of memory and nostalgia that run throughout the record, while the catchy ‘Fuck Honey’ and the Quickspace-influenced “Phantasmagoria” show their knack for a pop song remains intact.
Rightly renowned for their blistering, unpredictable live sets, a Truck Festival main stage appearance alongside British Sea Power and Futureheads and shows with Death Cab for Cutie included.
1. Rad Wagon
2. Tread On Flowers Pt. 1
3. Mary IV
4. Fuck Honey
5. Hanging Crowds
6. This One
7. Conan: The College Years
8. Something New
10. Tread On Flowers Pt. 2 (Annabella Crushes)