Liam Finn: “Jump Your Bones”
Liam Finn has been lauded as a musical heir to his father Neil Finn (of Split Enz and Crowded House fame), but his own songwriting stands completely on its own merits. He first achieved press for his 2007 solo debut I’ll Be Lightning, a collection of smart pop songs built with looping pedals and other electronic flourishes. The record detailed his time spent living in London, and the personal touches were magnified by the fact that Finn played all the instruments himself.
He repeats that feat with his latest album, FOMO. He’s spent nearly half of his life as a musician, and that kind of expertise shows itself in his off-kilter guitar playing and melodies. But in the live setting, Finn has built a band that’s able to turn his songs into completely new experiences.
Finn recently stopped by Studio 1A with his group for a live session, and they tackled a standout from FOMO, “Jump Your Bones.” Finn prefaced the performance by explaining that the song is one of his loudest and most distorted. But for KUT, Finn and his band turned it into an experimental pop tune that highlights both his group’s musicianship and Finn’s own gift for songwriting. Loud, soft, rock, or pop, Liam Finn sounds comfortable at every turn.