If I was in Finch I'd hate myself. I can't think of a band that hasn't been able to escape their first album as much as these guys. They've tried so hard to get past it with some new stuff but it looks like they finally gave in with the tour and the vinyl pressing. They will never do anything but live off of this album and it's kind of sad as I thought they put out some decent stuff since.
For the record, one of my favorite albums of all time. From front to back it's fantastic and still a good nostalgic listen even though I don't enjoy the music quite as much as I did at the time it still holds a special place for me.
I think you are confused w/ some things. For one, they have nothing to do with the record Hot Topic put out. Universal owns the masters & that's where the embarrassing Hot Topic version came from. Also, they have no reason to hate themselves. Their band took them much further than the majority of bands out there.