Craig Finn of The Hold Steady has unveiled “Something To Hope For,” the latest track off his upcoming fourth solo album, I Need A New War, premiering exclusively on Billboard Wednesday (March 27). Finn is also debuting a special performance video of the track, which sees him backed by the We All Want The Same Things Band at Brooklyn's Murmrr Theatre.
The song details the unexpected comeuppance of a man who finds that he has something new to offer the woman he loves after receiving a payout in an auto accident.
“A few years back I was driving a rental car in Atlanta, and listening to local radio,” Finn tells Billboard. “I was struck by the amount of ads from law firms in the area that promised clients huge windfalls from being in car accidents. Some spots even made sure to mention that it didn’t matter if the accident was your fault, you were still eligible for a big payout. I started to imagine someone who had recently been the recipient of such a payday -- a little banged up from the crash, but ecstatic to have some money in his pocket for the first time in a while. He’s got a little spring in his step and the start of a plan.”