Another band in a long line of acts to come out of the Bay Area, Finish Ticket are a band on the cusp of big things. After working on their album for two years, they broke through in 2013 with their independently released album, Tears You Apart. Impressed by what the band made and what they did on their own, Finish Ticket was picked up by Atlantic Records. Just this past week Finish Ticket rereleased Tears You Apart through the label. Atlantic Records is expecting big things out of the group and giving them the support they need to take the next step up. Recently talking with Alternative Addiction, Alex DiDonato and Brendan Hoye of Finish Ticket discussed the band's plans for 2014 and the making of Tears You Apart.
"We started writing it in September of 2011," explained DiDonato, the band's guitarist on the LP. "That was when Brendan and I decided to stop going to school and focus on music. Michael was still kind of going to school then, but he was working with us on weekends for most of the songs. When we first started, we were just demoing out the stuff that appears on Tears You Apart. The recording process of that whole album was September of 2011 on and off until December of 2012."
Brendan Hoye, the band's vocalist and other chief songwriter explained his thoughts on making the record and why things finally came together in 2012 for the group.
"For Alex and I, starting this album was was the first time that we didn't have a full band. Plus, we were trying to tackle a full length record and that was a different experience for us. Not having the full band was a challenge though. We had to bring in random drummers to work on the tracks to get a good demo and we were working in different studios too. It was a weird year. It wasn't until when Gabe joined the band in June of 2012 that things really started coming together. We had just started working with Pierre de Reade, but we took a break from recording and did a little tour. The drummer who was touring with us dropped off and we had to find someone really fast. We were talking to Gabe because we needed a permanent guy. He learned the songs in a week. He learned everything perfectly and he joined the band permanently. It started to click after that with the music. That's when the record came together, when we had a full band," added Hoye.
Finish Ticket is giving all of their attention to the rerelease of their LP. In order to do that the band has a heavy focus on touring and getting their music to as many ears as possible. They're trying to do this while keeping an eye to the future and what they can record next.
"We're just going to be touring nonstop," said Hoye on the band's plans for 2014. "We've been out since January and now we're doing this run in California. We've got a lot more through June. While we do that, we're going to start demoing to keep the creative process going. I think that helps make the live show better too because it keeps the energy up. We're going to be touring through next March - that's the plan anyway. We're just building a foundation with this record for the next record. You do that on the road."
Finish Ticket's Tear You Apart is available now.