All These Perfect Crosses
2xLP June 20th
We've been big fans of Craig Finn for an age, since I think, Alex V Cook drew our attention to him and his band The Hold Steady, way back. He's a great songwriter for sure and at the volume I am only allowed alone in the car, omg, The Hold Steady actual are physical graffiti in my ears.
The Hold Steady are still holding steady, still going strongly - last years great lp Thrashing Through The Passion, is evidence of that. Over the past few years though, Craig has branched out, he's currently involved in a TV project for AMC, but he also, over the years, issued a trio of critically acclaimed solo lps, Faith In The Future (2015), We All Want The Same Things (2017) and I Need A New War (2019).
For record store day, June 20th, which we've already written about and are more concerned about than ever this year... Craig, producer Josh Kaufman and Partisan Records have put together All These Perfect Crosses, a double lp of b-sides, alternative versions and demo tracks recorded as he put his solo records together.
It's fascinating really to see where The Hold Steady ends and Craig Finn begins. The characters that populate his songs, are often like younger, more middle class Willy Vlautin people, you might recognize them around your neighbourhood, they might actually be you.
The recordings here, help to further tell parts of the stories from those three albums. It is a look behind the curtain, and into the world of one of our most revered songwriters and storytellers at meaningful work today.
Help keep the lights on, order it from your favorite record store. Why not try this one, Seismic Record Shop, in Leamington Spa, in Warwickshire, they do mail order... - We rilly did put a pin in the map and there was a record store there!
Record Store Day/Craig Finn info
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