Why The Hold Steady Don't Have Songs About Immigrants or Anthony Lane
|Craig's in the glasses, not the turtleneck.|
Craig Finn: Well immigrants would be more interesting than investment bankers, certainly. It's weird, I've lived in New York for more than ten years come September and I still am not comfortable writing about New York, just because it seems so poser-ish. I mean, Lou Reed does that really well but he's from New York. I still feel Minnesotan. I can't shake it. If I started writing about being down with Anthony Lane it would come off insincere to me.
But some people make that mistake, don't they?
Some people are really comfortable with that, especially in a place like New York. Some people move there and a couple months later it's their whole identity. But I don't find that really that attractive.
Yeah, you lived in Minnesota so long and came to New York relatively late.
I think it's cool. When I turned 30, I was working in an office in New York and I was pretty bored, I was pretty unfulfilled, and I was like, 'I want to be in a band.' Ad we did it. I think there's a lot of people in our audience that see themselves in me, or in us.
A lot of the songs on the new album, like "Soft in the Center," impart life advice. Do you expect your listeners to take that advice?