With the release of their full-length album ‘A Life to Come Renewed’, New Jersey trio The Finite Beings hit the music scene in a fresh new way. Taking some of the most impactful parts of the classic genre of music and mixing that familiar sound with their own unique alt-rock style, The Finite Beings have created something truly special to offer today’s music scene.
Following the launch of their album came the pandemic that put all live shows on hold and forced many musicians to look inward for inspiration. Lead singer and current drummer, Michael Nicholas, found a deep connection to the idea that we will all get through this and find the better day ahead if we can remember to reconnect and not allow fear to tell us our truths. The song that came out of this deep state is the band's latest single The Virus.
‘In these very trying times, I felt it on my heart to share my thoughts and emotions in a song. I wanted to be genuine and honest with my fear and doubt, while also expressing my confidence in brighter days to come. This is what ended up coming out. A song that confronts the harsh reality that we are in, but also walking and growing through it with hope. This is our new single, The Virus.’---Michael Nicholas
The Virus is a melodic and heavy rock ballad that takes us on a journey within our own thoughts towards this global crisis.
With Lush addicting guitar work and thunderous bass provided by Donny DePaola and Hunter Kino, the band's edgy, pop-infused approach to songwriting, combined with an honest poetic lyrical approach captures the aesthetic of well-known alternative rock anthems.
The Virus single is now live and can be streamed on most major streaming services.
Location: Mahwah, New Jersey USA
Alternative Hard Rock
FOR FANS OF
Alice in Chains, Pink Floyd, Black Sabbath, Soundgarden, A Perfect Circle
My name is Mike Nicholas and I am a songwriter and vocalist in The Finite Beings. I also play drums, rhythm guitar and am a published author. I have been writing songs and making music since the age of 13. I joined my first band, Stillhaven, at the age of 19, in which I played drums and wrote lyrics. After several years of writing and playing shows around the tri-state area, we disbanded in 2006.
I then decided to move to Florida and get my college degree at Full Sail University in recording arts. After graduating, I hit the biggest challenge I would face at this point in my life. I was diagnosed with schizophrenia. It would take me a couple of years to fully overcome the illness and I’m happy to say that I no longer suffer from it. I am fully recovered.
However, after experiencing all this it left me with a fascination of the mind. It inspired me so much that I wrote a book about my experiences titled, Imaginary Things (Inside the mind of a Schizophrenic), which was published and released in 2016.
When it comes to my songwriting in The Finite Beings I like to go creative and dig deep. All while being genuine to who I am. I combine my fascination with the mind, my faith, and my perception of the world as I experience it. This creates a unique atmosphere that oftentimes seems dark or strange. However, It also leaves a light at the end of the tunnel to show the hope that I have in this life and in the next.
I’m thankful to have my bandmates, Donny and Hunter to help me bring my ideas to life. We are always pushing each other to make the best song possible, as well as continuing to grow as artists. I find our chemistry evolving with each new track we work on and I’m excited to release our newest single, The Shade.
Hi. My name is Hunter Kino. I’m a 22 year old music producer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and recording/mixing engineer from New Jersey. Growing up, I was always in bands and around music. Currently, I work primarily in the genres of Pop and Rock. I specialize in guitar but I also play piano/synths, drums, and can passably sing. I’ve studied the trends in music and have spent countless hours songwriting, sound designing, producing, recording, and mixing. I have also worked at multiple studios/labels in NYC and have been mentored by a few top producers and songwriters.
In The Finite Beings, my role is producer, recording engineer, guitarist, and band member. I just recently joined the team. Both Mike (Singer) and Donny (Guitarist) have been putting out music for a while before I joined. I’m currently producing a lot of Pop solo artists/bands so I’m bringing Pop techniques to Hard Rock bands to keep their sound “modern”, giving them the ability to compete with current pop music while also maintaining their heavy roots.
My music creation process revolves around the vocals no matter the genre. I always make sure they take center stage and drive the song while the production reinforces the emotion of the lyrics and vocal performance. Working with Mike is easy. He’s a lyrical mastermind. He always has a clear vision of what he wants to say and knows his place within the music. Donny takes inspiration from the 60’s/70’s. He plays guitar a certain way that gives our music a timeless depth. I would say I add both the roaring raw guitar riffs and Pop production tricks to give the music a lot of flavor. I work closely with them both on sculpting their vision, getting it out into the DAW, and always pushing them to the edge of their limits.
The first song (“The Virus”) that we started working on together, I believe captures everything they’re about and I hope our new upcoming single, “The Shade” continues telling the story of The Finite Beings.
My name is Donny DePaola. I’m 30 years old. I love songwriting, singing, and playing the guitar, bass, and piano. I also enjoy composing, producing, engineering, editing, and arranging. I first started as an actor and singer, doing many musicals in middle and high school. During high school, I started learning guitar and songwriting from my Father. I went to college for Music Education and Performance. Currently, I teach high school music in Passaic.
In The Finite Beings, my role is very flexible. Sometimes I’m just adding some extra features to an already written song, like a guitar solo. Most of the time I’m coming up with the main riff or chords that start the song. Then Mike will add lyrics and melody, while Hunter may add his own riff and create a chorus of the bridge.
I’m also currently working on my own solo projects. This past year I released an Elliott Smith cover album called Rhythmic Quietude. This year I’m planning to release an original 4 song EP. After that, I’d love to return to cover albums.
The new Finite Beings’ songs are really exciting. I’m really excited to see what the future holds for us. Mike and Hunter are great bandmates. We are always pushing each other to create the best song possible.
No one will deny the incredible impact that our current pandemic has had on all of us, and musicians were one of those who were hit the hardest, considering that all live shows across the globe vanished almost overnight. Suddenly, the world felt like it was no longer singing, and the nervous quiet vibe was permeating everything, and for a time, hope was not easy to find. Eventually, the world started to sing again, and artists started to show up with new music videos, live concerts from their homes, and now, with New Jersey’s own The Finite Beings with their latest inspired single The Virus, an infectious new rock ballad that aims to remind everyone that this too shall pass and that we will overcome this through learning to connect once again.
Upon first listen, without paying closer attention to the lyrics from this alt-rock band, one might mistake this song for being far more somber than it is. We tend to make that mistake when we do not take a complete look at the entire painting, or in this case, a full look at the entire song itself.
It hits with those gloomy and grungy slow guitar strikes and 90’s inspired distortion, and I am reminded of bands like Alice in Chains, Soundgarden, but upon closer inspection, there is also some APC meets Sunny Day Real Estate, and therein lies the complexity in what sounds like a simple song.
If you are a lyric listener like I am, then you will appreciate that this song may deal with a dark theme, but it levels off that hard edge by inspiring hope in a better day ahead, and you can’t help but feel like we are all in this together and that this really is going to be all right; as long as we conquer the liar that is fear itself.
For these three skilled musicians, Michael Nicholas on vocals and drums, Donny DePaola on Guitar and Hunter Kino on both Guitar and Bass, they sure do make a large thunderous sound. I was sure there was a fourth member in here somewhere, and that is what a solid band can achieve when they have great chemistry.
The Virus does not officially drop until August 18, 2020, so if you want to get yourself acquainted with the band beforehand, head over to their Spotify artist page today and see all the other great music that they have released.
Stay safe out there listeners, and make sure to support the artists that are all working overtime to help make isolation easier on us all.
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Ryan Donnelly, Empire Music Promotions