Finn’s Motel is releasing a new album, Fireworks or Lightning, on CD and vinyl via their own imprint, Victory Over Gravity Records. Originally scheduled for May1, 2021, the album was released last week since the CDs arrived early. CDs and digital downloads are available now from Bandcamp and soon to be in local St. Louis stores. The vinyl is being pressed and is estimated for arrival late July, early August 2021.
Fireworks or Lightning is a cinematic soundtrack to a story set in suburban and rural Illinois. It’s a tale of disaffected youth, vandalism, death, rebirth, the Tibetan Book of the Dead, and UFO sightings. “What was that we saw? Fireworks or lightning? Aliens or airplanes?” The album begins with thundrous rock, cruises through songs and song suites, and then ends…
The day has finally come! Finn’s Motel’s Fireworks or Lightning album is being pressed and will be released May 1, 2021 on CD/digital. The vinyl is going to take longer to get here. Yes, I said vinyl! Big and beautiful vinyl records!
Back in February of 2020, we were working in the studio the normal way: all four of us in the same place working together. We were making a lot of progress. Some songs were reaching completion and final mix, while others were being finished up. Then, things got serious with the Coronavirus becoming clear that it would be a pandemic. We all went into ‘stay-at-home’ mode. Being creative people, it wasn’t long before we started looking for ways to express ourselves while staying physically apart.
As part of my day job I had recently learned how to use Adobe Premiere Pro to do video editing/production. I was itching to try a video for the band but we hadn’t really started anything in earnest. In a flurry of instant messages, ideas were tossed back and forth about which song would be a good one to try. The idea being that each guy would video record himself in his own home/studio space using a phone or whatever mechanism was available and then I’d edit it all together.
We chose the song “Fireworks or Lightning” because: a) it was already recorded and darn-near finished, b) it lent itself to visuals, and c) it didn’t have any lyrics that might make people think it was about the Coronavirus in any way (that we could see).
Steve recorded himself playing along with the song in his bedroom. Scott used a variety of locations in and around his house and Big Tree Studio in Valmeyer, IL. Jack played drums in his Rolltop Studio down the road from me here in Affton, MO and did some tambourine in a secret, secure location. I did my bits in my basement room (with incidental dog) studio with the help of my partner Gina Dill-Thebeau who served double duty wrangling pups Rex and Moo Moo so I didn’t break character too many times. I edited us all together. Final mix and master of the audio was done by Jack and just like that we had a new video to share.
One last note about the song Fireworks or Lightning: I wrote it in around 1996-97. I’ve been carrying it around for almost 25 years because none of the previous recordings – with bands or solo – ever quite got it right. Some of the tracks in this version were done in 2007, but, it also didn’t feel right at the time. As we started working on it late last year, it started to finally feel right. We hope you agree. Thanks for listening/watching. We’re looking forward to playing it live as soon as it’s safe to do so.
In 2006, Finn’s Motel made waves with Escape Velocity, a collection of heart-racing power-pop with one foot in the garage and the other on an arena stage. Eleven years later, the Joe Thebeau-led troupe oiled its joints and slowly creaked back to life with the release of two full-length albums (and, as of April, the Stone Lions EP). There’s no rust for the weary, however — and the troupe is swiftly making up for lost time.