Liam Finn Talks New Album, Band And Tour
by Jessica Letkemann
Liam Finn could have played — and captivated — a much larger place. But with his first full solo studio album in three years in his back pocket and a still-unnamed band flanking him, Finn brought his manic, likeable live energy (on vocals, drums, theremin, and guitar) and his well-crafted, songwriterly rock tunes to Brooklyn’s Bell House on a Saturday night. While being the son of Crowded House’s Neil Finn never hurt, the 27-year-old New Zealander has earned his fans the hard way: via a decade of recording and touring constantly, first with band Betchadupa, then with co-vocalist Eliza Jane, BARB, and, often, solo. The audience who managed to catch this stealth, pre-album tour were treated to a sweet, sweaty set that gave the loop-friendly rockers from 2008’s “I’ll Be Lightning” a workout and also thoroughly whet the appetite for his excellent, poppy-rock-with-a-dark-soul infused “FOMO,” due June 21 on Yep Roc. A few days later, Finn chatted with Billboard about the delights (working with his brother Elroy Finn) and pitfalls (having his bassist quit on the road) of forming a new band, touring, and making “FOMO” in a lonely Antipodean outpost (with a guest turn by Wilco’s Glen Kotche).
You’ve got a new band, but the album, “Fomo,” is still you solo, right?
I actually didn’t make the new record with the band. I went back to New Zealand after all that touring [for the last four years] and lived in a little house on a beach called Piha. I’ve always wanted to…CLICK HERE TO READ THE FULL INTERVIEW NOW.
Liam Finn’s FOMO will be in stores on 5/10 and will be available for pre-order at the Yep Roc Webshop starting 5/3.