Craig Finn

Craig Finn

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Faith in the Future is the second solo album from Craig Finn, and it’s being released on Brooklyn-based indie label Partisan Records. Josh Kaufman produced the record in the cozy, rustic confines of Woodstock’s The Isokon recording studio and helped Finn stretch the boundaries of his songwriting with confidence, invention and ambition to realize what will be a defining moment in his career.

At times stark and spare, at other times vibrant and dynamic, Faith in the Future is Finn’s most compelling collection thus far, each song a powerfully alluring and subtly nuanced composition wedded to his distinctive short story narratives. Much of the material on Faith in the Future was written after the passing of Finn’s mother, and while none of the songs directly address that loss, the themes of perseverance and finding redemption can be found throughout the album.

“I had both the music and lyrics to these songs, though they changed a great deal in the studio,” Finn explains. “There’s a grandness to The Hold Steady that tends to make me write about bigger, more dramatic themes. Some of these songs are more mundane, with minor slices of life that wouldn’t best be supported by the hugeness of a rock group. It wasn’t always about what we wanted to put in, but what should we leave out? We didn’t want to sermonize or moralize. Just let these songs, and characters, be.”

CRAIG FINN on the songs of Faith in the Future:

Maggie I’ve Been Searching for Our Son

“It’s really just about someone who’s been flailing around spiritually looking for answers, trying to make a connection before time runs out.”

Roman Guitars

“It was named after my friend’s son, Roman, who had this little toy guitar. I wrote the song while playing it. It’s kind of a rant that there is science, but there is also magic in the world. Those molecules can turn into something beautiful or horrible.”

Newmyer’s Roof “Chris Newmyer is a friend of mine whose roof I was on while watching the Towers go down on 9/11. We were drinking beers because we didn’t know what else to do. That was kind of crazy. I went up there again recently to take a photo because I knew this album was coming out. He’s on Second Avenue and Ninth Street and 48 hours after we got the photo, those two East Village apartment buildings across the street exploded and burnt down. Strange and eerie timing.”

Sarah, Calling from a Hotel

“It’s about an ex-lover who’s fled to a more stable financial, but less stable emotional, situation.”

Going to a Show

“This song is about going to a concert as a 43-year-old who has been attending shows most of his life. Some of the magic is gone… Some nights, it feels like the same old thing, another night it might feel like the new frontier. You are always hoping to hit the jackpot, to see a revelatory band, a life-changing experience. Hopefully, that happens at least once a year. I like to go to shows alone. That way you don’t have to worry if the person with you is enjoying the music, too.”

Sandra from Scranton

“There’s a sadness of things gone by, and it takes place on a Sunday night, which is always filled with anxiety and dread. Those two people had a good time, even if there’s an overall sadness.”

St. Peter Upside Down

“When they crucified St. Peter, he asked that they put him upside down as he didn’t feel like he was worthy of being crucified in the same way as Christ. The character in the song argues that betrayal and disloyalty is just a part of survival. Growing up I knew a kid named Simon Peter, which seems like a heavy name to give your child.”

Trapper Avenue

“I was trying to create the feeling of a good day in a not so great place. There is danger lurking, but I wanted to make it romantic, like it was part of a movie, so the protagonists felt like they were in the middle of something beautiful or exciting, singing songs they both liked. In the midst of all this decadence, there is a ray of sunshine that peeks through, transcending the circumstances. It’s all about getting up, going to work and dealing with it… Today’s going to be better than yesterday.”

Christine

“In this song I mention Memphis and magazines, which have also appeared in some Hold Steady songs of note. But this is a look from another angle. The guy who’s telling the story gets to hang around Christine, but never really gets her because he’s too practical and cautious, not willing to make a full commitment. He might have smaller dreams than she does, but neither is fully there.”

I Was Doing Fine (Then a Few People Died)

“The world’s a dark and lonely place, but there are still moments of grace that help us get out of bed in the morning. This is the first time I’ve ended a record with a short, upbeat song like this. It sort of summarizes the album’s themes. “Some nights I try to get noticed/Some nights I keep it a secret…” But we try to keep going.”

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