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w/ Finch, After The Bath
April 18, 2002
Backstreet Blues - Long Island, NY

Meredith Goldberg
Contributing Writer
Finch (file photo from: Drive-Thru Records

Since this show was in Long Island I was a little bit weary about attending it. The Long Island scene is one that I am not part of, so I was afraid of feeling out of place at this show, but luckily, this was not the case.

The first band to go on was After The Bath. I did not particularly like this band. They sounded like a bad rip-off of the band Glassjaw. They gave out free demos, which is always a cool thing for a band to do. That was probably the only good thing that they had going for them.

The next band to go on was Drive-Thru Record's, Finch. The crowd really went crazy for Finch. I especially liked when the band went right into the crowd and danced and played along with the crowd. It was cool to see them get as into the show as the kids there did. The best song that they played was definitely "Letter to You" from their EP, Falling Into Place.

Finally, the band that I had been waiting to see again since August went on. Thrice took the stage, and although many people left after Finch, there was a great deal of energy being put out by both the band and the crowd. Most of the songs they played were off of their new album, The Illusion of Safety. The best part of their set was when they played the song "Phoenix Ignition" from their album, Identity Crisis. I can't wait to see Thrice again.

This show ended up being a very good one. I plan on checking out more shows in Long Island, especially if it's for bands that put on shows as fun as Finch or Thrice do!


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