The Hold Steady’s Craig Finn has shared a new song from his forthcoming album A Legacy of Rentals, which was announced last month with the single ‘Messing With the Settings’. This one’s called ‘Birthdays’, and you can check it out below.
“Producer Josh Kaufman and I decided early on to feature strings on this record, as opposed to the wind and brass heavy compositions of the last three albums,” Finn explained in a statement. “But when we came to this song we kept hearing Stuart Bogie’s saxophone, so we got him to do this solo and he crushed it. We thought it suggests a bit of a bridge back to my previous records. This song is about family, the way we honor these connections, and how both positive and negative things are carried through blood lines – genetic traits as long-term memories. Coincidentally, it was recorded on Josh’s actual birthday.”
A Legacy of Rentals comes out on May 20 via Positive Jams/Thirty Tigers.