Published Jun 17, 2015Songwriter Craig Finn is most widely known as the frontman of the Hold Steady, but he also went solo for the 2012 album Full Eyes Clear Hearts. Now, he's preparing for another go-around with a new solo record. This one is called Faith in the Future, and it will be out on September 11 through Partisan.
The album was produced by Josh Kaufman, with sessions taking place at the IsOkOn studio in Woodstock, NY.
Finn is selling copies of the album through PledgeMusic. It's available on signed CD, signed vinyl, or in packages with various exclusive goodies (such as postcards, voicemail recordings, handwritten lyrics, and meet-ups with Finn). Those who pre-order the album will get a five-song digital EP for the single "Newmyer's Roof" containing four exclusive non-LP tracks.
For a taste of the album, check out a lyric video for "Newmyer's Roof" at the bottom of the page. It's a lyrical indie rock song that doesn't sound anything like the rootsy Full Eyes Clear Hearts. Finn explained the genesis song with the following poignant statement [via NPR]:
I moved to NYC on September 15, 2000.
Just less than a year later came the terrible events of September 11, 2001. I was working at an office in Union Square and my friend and boss Chris Newmyer suggested we come to his apartment on 2nd Avenue in the East Village. We could see the towers from the roof he said.
We went up there and saw the towers burn and then collapse. At some point he suggested we get some beer. I didn't know what to feel that day, most of us had no emotion to access. So we got some beer, and drank them while watching the World Trade Center go down. It sounds detached now, but at the time it made sense on a day when nothing else made sense. I spent some years after that in darkness.
There was a girl in the 33rd floor of one of the towers that was a receptionist at an investment bank. She went to work that day and when the plane hit they asked her to stay where she was. They said it was safest. She decided against that and walked out of the towers and, like the rest of us, did her best to get on with her life.
Some years later I went to a birthday party. I talked to this girl. We talked all night. We fell in love and are still together. I came out of the darkness. I'm glad she didn't do what they told her to do.
"Newmyer's Roof" isn't about this exactly. It's a song about believing that something better is coming. It's a song about light after darkness. It's about Faith in the Future.