Craig Finn (the Hold Steady) Talks with Syd Butler (the 8G Band, Les Savy Fav, Frenchkiss Records) for the Talkhouse Music Podcast

The duo talk a memorable run-in with Joe Strummer.

To celebrate Frenchkiss Records’ deluxe reissues of the first two Hold Steady LPs, Craig Finn (The Hold Steady) and Syd Butler (The 8G Band, Les Savy Fav, Frenchkiss Records) sat down backstage at Late Night with Seth Meyers to share funny and poignant stories about the band’s early years. Their talk also takes in Butler’s high school straight edge band, how Seth Meyers’ house band writes the show’s music, and the time Finn and Butler’s groups were playing together and the one and only Joe Strummer showed up. Subscribe now on iTunes or Stitcher to stay in the loop on future Talkhouse Podcasts.
— Elia Einhorn, Talkhouse Podcast host and producer

(Photo credit: Big Hassle, Twitter/Syd Butler)

Craig Finn is a songwriter and music fan. He is the frontman for the Hold Steady and used to sing for Lifter Puller. Craig is from Minneapolis but has lived in Brooklyn since 2000. He mostly likes talking about Kiss but also digs sports and late-’80s hardcore. You can follow him on Twitter here.

Syd Butler is the bassist for Les Savy Fav and the founder of Frenchkiss Records. He’s also the bassist for the Late Night with Seth Meyers house band, led by Fred Armisen.