Craig Finn (The Hold Steady) releases the ‘making of’ video for his debut album – Clear Heart Full Eyes

By Georgi Bomb

Craig Finn, frontman of the critically acclaimed group The Hold Steady, has announced an intimate in-store gig at Rough Trade East, London on Wed 25th January at 7pm in support of his debut solo album, Clear Heart Full Eyes, due for release on January 24. 

What everyone in the Culture Bomb office is talking about though, is this fantastic ‘making of’ video that’s doing the rounds.

Finn talks in intimate detail about the album and his inspiration so hit play if you’re a die hard fan or even if you’re curious about what the hype is all about!

The few snippets of music heard is certainly cause for excitement; soft, addictive melodies and unique lyrics all combined in this adorable all-american punk package! Finn is certainly an optimistic character as he talks about the meaning behind the title.

Pre-order the album, with a bevy of extra goodies from Full Time Hobby.

Full tracklisting:

Clear Heart Full Eyes’ Tracklist:

  1. Apollo Bay
  2. When No One’s Watching
  3. No Future
  4. New Friend Jesus
  5. Jackson
  6. Terrified Eyes
  7. Western Pier
  8. Honolulu Blues
  9. Rented Room
  10. Balcony
  11. Not Much Left Of Us

Earlier this year, Finn challenged himself to write a new song every day in his Brooklyn apartment.

“I had written a bunch of songs that were outside of the norm for The Hold Steady, a little quieter and perhaps more narrative,” says Finn.

“I wanted to gain some experience and insight into the process of making a record by working with new people.”

Finn travelled to Austin, Texas in July, removing himself from all familiar surroundings, to record the album with producer Mike McCarthy (Spoon, Trail of Dead).

Of the album’s title, Finn says, ”It’s a juxtaposed reference to ‘Friday Night Lights,’ a TV show that excited and moved me and also happened in Texas. Further, ‘Clear Heart’ signifies honesty and transparency, and ‘Full Eyes’ suggests experience.”

Keep an eye out for 2012 tour dates, due to be announced soon.

Follow Craig Finn on Twitter.

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