SOMEFINN are an alternative rock band whose story begins where that of another band ends. Paul Finn was lead vocalist and songwriter for Irish Choice Music Prize Nominees The Flaws, who called it quits in 2016. Finn then took up an offer from Shane Clarke, to tour as guitarist with his band Elephant, with whom he played shows all over Ireland to rave reviews. During this two-year period, Finn built a studio in his hometown of Killanny, Monaghan. There, he began writing and recording what would become SOMEFINN’s debut album, ‘…Tsk, Tsk…’. The band’s line-up was completed when an accomplished roster of multi-genre veterans came onboard. David Marron (Sanzkrit, Derek Ryan), Paul Markey (Sanzkrit), Paul Carolan (Finnian) and Darren Finn, Paul’s brother, are to be found on guitars, bass, drums and keyboards respectively.
The wisdom the group brings together feels evident on their album. It is measured, yet free to roar, precisely because of their experience. On display in its first single, ‘Starlet’s Dream’, is the deeply realised and hard-won freedom of a group of musicians who know who they are. It is a group who are willing to be themselves, to create a soundscape daring and brutal and beautiful all at once, and in turn, to give others the permission to be themselves too.
SOMEFINN’s influences and inspirations include a multitude: David Bowie, the Strokes, Chet Baker, Madlib, as well as Irish contemporaries such as Just Mustard, Elephant and Ham Sandwich. ‘Starlet’s Dream’ is the first single to be released from SOMEFINN’s debut album, ‘…Tsk, Tsk…’, which was recorded in A/B Studios, Monaghan, with additional recording in Black Mountain Recording Studios, Dundalk. It was mixed by Paul Finn and Darren Clarke (Ham Sandwich), and mastered by Fergal Davis (Muse, Sinéad O’Connor).
Talking about the single, he says, “It’s about self-doubt in the face of a critical, and cynical world. And about how understanding our weaknesses becomes a strength. It’s also for anyone who’s been down. Or up.”
The song sits on a knife-edge – accessible and exhilarating, yet devilishly dense and convoluted. Gorgeously thought out and executed, it glides from a jangly guitar intro, through a steadily evolving verse and refrain, to a daring post-modern collapse in its bridge. But ‘Starlet’s Dream’ is also simply great fun - with upbeat drums, a deceptively complex arrangement, and a bassline from Paul Markey which shows its genius in simply being an unbelievably good time.