Tim Finn: Feeding The Gods
By Dominic Blaazer
For an artist with a career as long as Tim Finn's, it would be easy to become caught in an achievement-repeating rut, and many do. Tim has usually chosen the tough, but satisfying, route of new musical directions like the more folky ALT project and 2000's Nashville-recorded album, 'Say It Is So'. This album uses the same (American) producer as that, Jay Joyce, and the up-tempo, rock and roll has 'live performance' written all over, with lines from Sawdust and Splinters, a hymn for roadies everywhere, featured in the booklet. The other performers are all local; betchadupa's Matt Eccles (drums), Mareea Patterson (bass), Golden Horse's Geoff Maddock and Kirsten Morelle (b/vs) and Don McGlashan (euphonium). A bloody rocking bunch they are too, with Ecco and Patto driving the whole thing with fearsome verve and musicality while Joyce's many guitars fight fire with fire. Tim's singing is as spirited, confrontational and unexpectedly funny as ever, exemplified by such lyrics "that pretty dress I bought you, I wear it myself ... " from What You've Done. He assumes total control of his voice, steering it between high and gentle, major and minor and wavering maniacally to great effect on the Phil Judd song, Incognito in California. The photos make weight to a sense of occasion-yet-to-come; Tim suiting up, lacing his desert boots then walking out into the light, maybe onstage? That's where we leave him, rather he leaves us, guessing what his next move might be.