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Reply to "What's Next for Neil Finn?"

Secret God (Stew) posted:

slowpogo posted:

Regarding a “Finn family band,” that’s basically what he’s done for his last 4 albums, isn’t it? Pajama Club, Dizzy Heights, Out of Silence and Lightsleeper all heavily feature the Finns.

It's a fair point, but with Dizzy Heights and Out of Silence it was Neil making all the decisions and bringing every song and idea to the table himself. Sharon and Elroy only really served as backing musicians in the same way every other drummer or bassist has with Neil in the recent past.

Liam I think did co-produce Out of Silence, so I'll give him that, and Sharon was involved a bit more with Pajama Club, but that was a 'band' album anyway,

My idea of a Finn Family Band album would include songwriting and vocals from many different people. Maybe Tim could write a couple for Elliot and Harper to sing for example. Elroy could contribute songs too. It would be more like an ensemble than just Neil's family backing him on a solo record. We'd have Liam and Tim too. Think along the lines of The Sun Came Out. Completely different to anything we've seen.

I guess Neil's is the only songwriting I care about from the Finns, so this wouldn't interest me at all.  And The Sun Came Out, while a nice idea, yielded results that were fine, but not much more than that. I think the role of Neil's family is a little underestimated; I don't think Neil is dictating every single little note for Sharon and Elroy to play.  They're still bringing their personality and playing style to the table, even if Neil is in charge.  And so I feel even though the circumstances are different each album, as it would be with your idea, it's still been the same vibes interacting together in the room for a while now and would be good to change it radically.

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