Liam Finn at South by Southwest in 2008.
|Born||24 September 1983|
|Origin||Melbourne, Victoria, Australia|
|Genres||Indie rock, dream pop|
|Labels||Liberation Music (AUS/NZ)
Yep Roc Records (USA)
Independent Records (Ireland)
Liam Mullane Finn (born 24 September 1983) is a New Zealand musician and songwriter. Born in Australia, he moved to New Zealand as a child. He is the son of pop musician Neil Finn (of Split Enz, Crowded House and Finn Brothers).
Well known as the frontman of New Zealand band Betchadupa, in 2007 Finn released his solo debut I'll Be Lightning, which draws on his experiences from living in London in recent years. Finn chose to record the album entirely in analogue at his father's recording studio, Roundhead Studios, in Auckland. During concerts, he creates an instrumental layering effect by using a looping effects pedal, the Line6 JM-4 Looper, as well as a Boss Super-Octave 3 to create bass guitar lines; he is also accompanied by backup vocalist and multi-instrumentalist Eliza-Jane Barnes. His first single, "The Struggle," was released 21 February, and he also announced a small number of shows in New Zealand along with a 14-date North American tour. Finn toured with his new full band named 'Liam Finn and the Come Agains.' His second album, FOMO, was released in June 2011.
Live shows 
Finn has toured the world several times performing with Wilco, Eddie Vedder, Pearl Jam and The Black Keys, as well as at numerous festivals. He has also performed at such famous venues as La Paradiso, Largo, Bowery Ballroom, Scala, The Corner and the steps of the Sydney Opera House among many others.
In 2008 & 2009, Finn opened for Eddie Vedder's solo tour throughout America. Finn also headlined his first North American tour and headed out on the road with The Black Keys in November 2008 in the UK and Europe. At the Dutch Crossing Border Festival he met Yuri Landman and borrowed a drum guitar, which he used on stage in Holland and Germany. Afterwards Landman invented a new instrument for him, a 24 string electric cymbalum called the Tafelberg, which he incorporated at his stage performances.
In December 2008 and January 2009, he participated on the recording sessions of the second album of 7 Worlds Collide.
Finn played at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on 14 March 2009 for Sound Relief, a multi-venue rock music concert in support of relief for the Victorian Bushfire Crisis. The event was held simultaneously with a concert at the Sydney Cricket Ground. All the proceeds from the Melbourne Concert will go to the Red Cross Victorian Bushfire relief. Appearing with Finn in Melbourne were Augie March, Bliss N Eso with Paris Wells, Gabriella Cilmi, Hunters & Collectors, Jack Johnson, Kasey Chambers & Shane Nicholson with Troy Cassar-Daley, Kings Of Leon, Jet, Midnight Oil, Paul Kelly, Split Enz and Wolfmother.
In August 2009, Finn performed with a new band called BARB on a small New Zealand tour with a band consisting of Connan Hosford (Connan and the Mockasins), James Milne (Lawrence Arabia), Eliza Jane Barnes, Seamus Ebbs, Jol Mulholland and Wild Bill Rickets. Their album (recorded at Roundhead Studios in Auckland) was released 24 August 2010.
With Neil Finn and Crowded House 
Finn and his father Neil covered The Beatles song "Two of Us" for the European version of the I Am Sam film soundtrack. Finn also contributed a song, "Lucid Dream", to the soundtrack of 2001 movie Rain, a film that was directed by Christine Jeffs.
After the reunion of the band Crowded House in early 2007, Finn became part of its touring band for the Time on Earth tour, playing concerts such as Coachella Festival and Live Earth in Sydney. He has appeared with the band occasionally on later tours.
Finn and Neil performed with Pearl Jam's Eddie Vedder during Pearl Jam's Auckland concert at Mount Smart Stadium on 27 November 2009.
They sang the Chris Knox song "Not Given Lightly" dedicating the song to Chris who is recovering from a stroke. On 29 November 2009 Finn and his father also sang together (along with Pearl Jam, Ben Harper and EJ Barnes) at Christchurch's AMI Stadium. They sang "Better Be Home Soon" and the Split Enz classic "I Got You".
Live albums 
- Live (in Spaceland) – 22 February 2008, Spaceland Recordings
- Live From The Wiltern – (2008) Yep Roc Records
With BARB 
- Barb, August 2010
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