Yes, son of that Neil Finn, Liam was born in Australia and moved to New Zealand, thereby ensuring that the trans-Tasman musical rivalry can run for another generation. With that surname, the Crowded House references are unavoidable: Liam's haunting lyrics certainly hold their own in comparison, but his music has a much wider range, gliding effortlessly from sombre to energetic (you can hear a selection of tracks on his website). It's not just about listening to his songs though; on stage he is known for playing all the instruments himself, not in a cheesy one-man-band way, but by scampering from one instrument to the next, sampling a sequence and looping it live, then moving to the next to weave the layers of each track together right in front of you. Well worth seeing, and hearing.
Live Music Preview: Liam Finn @ Bush Hall
Last Updated 04 November 2009