I found out last minute on Friday that my old favorites, The Finches, were giving a concert at Mississippi Pizza so I ran down there and grabbed pizza and a listen with my friend, Jenny. The Finches have broken up and re-grouped since I saw them back in 2007. Now a five person band with electric guitars, percussion and a slightly more theatrical, dark sound, The Finches are still charming as ever. I love Carolyn Pennypacker Rigg's storytelling lyrics and sweet voice.
While The Finches have been accused of being too simplistic, I find their music incredibly nostalgic without feeling too sentimental. My favorites from the new album are "How to Keep Your Heart Hate Free" and "The River in Edo", a song written months ago, about Japan. It's really lovely. If you donate $10 or more to The Red Cross, you can have a free digital download of On Golden Hill. If you like mellow, folky, slightly theatrical music, you'll love The Finches.
Cover art by Carolyn Pennypacker Riggs for The Finches.
Finches!! Carolyn and I sing together in the LA Ladies Choir, and she is a truly magical lady songbird. Sounds like a nice evening.
Oh gosh, I’m jealous! I wish I’d known The Finches were playing in Portland! They’re a favorite of mine.
I love the Finches! I can’t believe I missed them, and I live just up the street! I’m glad you were able to make it and have an enjoyable evening. 🙂