Jeremy Balderson With some time off from the Hold Steady and his creative…
- Posted on Jul 23rd 2010 3:00PM by Dan Reilly
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"I look at it as a sequel -- if these people had this experience four years ago, this is the guy trying to make a reconnection," ," Finn tells Spinner of 'The Weekenders.' "Maybe it's even like [on] Facebook, reaching out to someone from your past. In the song, he says 'I'm pretty sure I wasn't your first choice' and I think he's also saying, 'You're not my first choice either, but hell, if you're not doing anything ...'"
As Finn reveals, the original song was inspired by a visit to a race track. "I was thinking about these get-rich schemes -- 'Well, if only my girlfriend was clairvoyant and she could tell which horse was going to win the race, all my problems would be solved,'" he says. "But people with all the money in the world still have problems, so it's kind of like that idea."
Like the rest of 'Heaven Is Whenever,' 'The Weekenders' shows a stylistic shift in Finn's songwriting that features less focus on specific, literate stories. "I wanted to make a little room for people's own personal experiences," he says of the new songs. "Saying 'Tim went to the store, Tim ordered a sandwich,' there's not much room in there for interpretation. With 'Chips Ahoy,' I was kind of thinking about those characters as if they were real people and I was like 'I wonder what they're up to now.'"
The Hold Steady are currently on a North American headlining tour that runs through October.