Well, I went to see Neil and Tim tonight at their first fan-club concert of three at Tabac. It was absolutely ****ing amazing.
Neil switched from playing acoustic and electric guitars to piano. Tim switched from playing piano to acoustic guitar. Ross Burge (ex The Mutton Birds, TF and The Dirty Creatures) played drums and Bones Hillman (ex Midnight Oil) played bass.
They played sixteen songs. All new. The only old(ish) song they played was Edible Flowers, which sounds great with drums and bass.
Almost all of the new songs have a real rocking feel to them. Forget the laid back acoustic feel of the first Finn album. Forget the gentle new agey feel of One All. The new songs I heard tonight were a cross between the poppiness of Woodface and the hard rock edge of Feeding The Gods.
I can also honestly say that there wasn't a dud song in the setlist. Everything was brilliant. Neil and Tim's voices were in great nick. They had a great chemistry with Bones and Ross, who also appear on the album.
All four were very talkative too. Neil joked that a drummer told him once that they should be payed twice as much cos' they play with their ars and their legs.
Someone mentioned Phil Judd. Tim jokingly said that he wasn't allowed to talk about Judd because apparently Tim said some things about him that got back to him. Tim said "apparently he's not a bitter and twisted old man. the crowd obviously appreciated the irony as the whole room cracked up.
I'll report on nights two and three after I've been.