Whole lotta love3/25/2015
It has been a bit of an exciting year for Bonne Finken. The Des Moines music favorite released her latest album “Fairytales/Love Affairs” last year and has seen the album garner radio play on college radio stations around the country. She has gotten play on STAR 102.5, embarked on a tour, and “Fairytales/Love Affairs” can now be found in every Kum & Go store.
“It’s been a whirlwind,” Finken said in a phone interview from the South by Southwest Festival where she was performing last week. “Touring, getting everyone in the band comfortable with one another and just seeing the success of the album.”
The lion’s share of the credit for that success goes to Finken herself. The first several years of Finken’s career (including her first three albums) were marked by some level of compromise. Her debut album was, by her own admission, largely the creation of other people telling her how to sound. Even the name of her act — Bonne Finken & The Collective — reflected the fact that her own band was a revolving door of whichever musicians were available at a given time. All of that is in the past. “Fairytales/Love Affairs” reflects Finken’s unadulterated vision for her sound, and her band has solidified into a single, consistent group of supremely talented musicians.
“Before, it was really difficult, because there were so many people involved,” Finken said. “I had three different drummers. I never knew who would be available when, so you’ve got to find time to rehearse everyone. If someone didn’t want to be available for an extended period of time, I couldn’t do much about that.”
“Now, it’s the same people every time we play,” she continued. “It’s not a collective anymore; it’s a band. So this past year has really been about growing together and getting more confident with ourselves.”
Now, Finken gets ready to bring the past year full circle. “Fairytales/Love Affairs” launched with a release show at the Temple, and after stops in Austin, 80/35 and college towns around the country, Finken steps back on the Temple stage this week. It is a culmination, a bit of a homecoming and a new chance for Des Moines and one of its favorite daughters to bask in the reflected glow of a mutual love affair. Fairytale, indeed. CV