Craig Finn

Craig Finn, best known as the frontman for rock and roll band The Hold Steady, will release Faith In The Future, his second solo album, later this week. In this interview with American Songwriter, Finn discusses why it took him so long to write about 9/11, the influence of Catholicism on his work, and which novelists shaped his songwriting. Most of the characters on this album seem to be struggling and stuck in their lives. With that in mind, why did you call the album Faith In The Future?  I’m always kind of attracted to that. I think you could say the same thing about The Hold Steady record Stay Positive — it’s about this idea of looking forward. I’m attracted to characters that are a little bit desperate. Early on, when I was making this record, I met with the producer, Josh Kaufman, and I said, “I want to make something that’s both elegant and age-appropriate, as well as hopeful.” A lot of the songs ended up being about people that are persevering, especially after tragedy or change. I was obsessed with the idea [of people] getting up and going to work with the idea that things are going…

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