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LAist Interview: Tim Finn

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The years have been kind to Tim Finn. The 56-year-old former lead singer of New Zealand art-pop group Split Enz is revered in his home land as a musical icon while still enjoying relative peace. Finn, who also worked with his brother Neil Finn for a period of time as a guitarist in the 1980's pop group Crowded House, is set to release a new album soon with his Split Enz bandmates but original material. But before the album is released in the States, Finn is getting a head start on touring this month with stops in Seattle, the Midwest and Los Angeles, on Sept. 11 at the El Rey.

I spoke with Finn from his New Zealand home as he prepared to embark on the tour about his personal battle with anxiety, hip-hop in New Zealand and the reformation of once broken up bands, which is where we started our conversation.

Last year, Crowded House played Coachella. You didn't join them, but I'm wondering what you think of bands, such as the Pixies and Smashing Pumpkins and, to a certain extent, Crowded House, getting back together after being broken up.

I think it's up to people if they want to do that. I know with Split Enz the issue of reforming was never an issue, but we have played. We played an Australian tour two years ago and a New Zealand tour earlier this year, because we haven't done it for about 15 years. It was a huge amount of fun and a great thing to do. But in terms of reforming, once you've actually officially broken up I don't know. Once you've actually broken up, something is broken. For it to be truly creative and exciting internally just for the band, that would probably be the hardest thing. I think the fans are going to love it, no question and they do. It is a recent phenomenon, particular in the states now where there's a whole touring circuit. But in terms of how it feels to the guys in the band, I would be skeptical that it feels as exciting as it once did.

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What, then, in your opinion, do you think the motivation is in reforming or at least touring again?