Rising Student Artists: Atticus Finch releases intimate album

Atticus Finch will be performing at the  WNYO punk show on April 14. (Photo provided by Patrick Malowski)
Atticus Finch will be performing at the WNYO punk show on April 14. (Photo provided by Patrick Malowski)

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Angst driven, eloquent and sorrowful, Oswego’s own Atticus Finch will release its newest full-length album, “Off the Grid,” April 12.

Originally from Herkimer, N.Y., the band formed in high school and consists of Patrick Malowski (guitar and vocals), Ryan Newman (guitar), Mike Ferucci (bass), Trevor Roorda (drums) and Brandon Malowski (keys, guitar and vocals). The band agrees their hometown is a major influence on their sound.

The theme for “Off the Grid” was inspired by separation, according to Patrick Malowski.

“At the point we are all at in life we all have dealt with separation,” Patrick Malowski said. “Separation from loved ones, places, things and anything. We try to write about topics that others find meaning in and I think anyone can find meaning in this album. Separation is a part of life that you will have to deal with. It is cool to think the music we write will always have meaning.”

The album was recorded by a friend in a home studio and put together during summer 2012.

Mike Tripoli is responsible for tracking, mixing and mastering the entire compilation.

“Off the Grid” is a follow-up of Atticus Finch’s 2010 debut “This is Where We Came From” and their 2011 EP “Newman’s Own.”

“[It is] really a more mature mixture of both releases,” Malowski said. “I think we really have found our sound.”

Opening with a melancholy thumbprint of anticipation, “Fireworks” sets the mood for “Separation Anxiety.”

Somber and truthful, this tune exposes the tone of emotional style punk Atticus Finch stands for. Random bursts of chaotic interjections meld into heartthrob chorus lines.

With ‘poppy’ sentiments, “Make These Days” pulls listeners to a safe place. Chord tones produce memorable melodies and ballad-like anthems create nostalgia.

“We specifically made this song lyrically and vocally driven,” Roorda said.

Palm muted chunking bridge into head-bobbing melodic lines in “Friends to Enemies.” Modest breaks give way to emphasized lyrics. Lead guitar riffs give warmth to honesty.

Bright and weary, “Eulogy” refines acoustic wavering and strips Atticus Finch down to simplicity.

“Few and Far Between” proves to be groove oriented and unforgiving. The driving syncopated rhythms move the song into half-time darkness. Gradual dynamics derive frustration and harmony.

“The Long Road” strives to blend a song consisting of clean tones and driven leads. Lyrics continue to express an unbridled personal narrative.

“I’ve been going through a lot of changes in my life recently and this song kind of fell into my lap,” Newman said. “It truly expresses the feeling of living your life the way you want, no matter what you have to do. Life is too short to be affected by the ones that want to hold you back from your dreams.”

As the album closes, soft harmonics advance into a self-confessed anthem. Forgiving and frightened, “Sing Out” delivers a final slice of confidence and lament.

Atticus Finch will be opening for a campus pop-punk show held in Hewitt Union Ballroom on April 14. The concert will feature national act Handguns and is sponsored by WNYO 88.9 FM.

“This weekend we hope that people find themselves in the music like we obviously find ourselves,” Patrick said. “It is [our] escape from the world.”

 

Recorded in a home studio, “Off the Grid” expresses the separation experiences of the band and is influenced by their home (Photo provided by Patrick Malowski)
Recorded in a home studio, “Off the Grid” expresses the separation experiences of the band and is influenced by their home (Photo provided by Patrick Malowski)

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