Two years since their last new music, Australia’s Crowded House have released “Oh Hi.”
Influenced by band leader Neil Finn‘s support for So They Can, the international nonprofit organization committed to building schools in remote parts of Kenya and Tanzania.
In a statement about their new single, Finn said “I’m hoping the song comes across without needing to know the backstory.” “But it’s very much inspired by these incredible kids and their magnificence.”
Joining Fleetwood Mac in 2018, Neil opted to bring back Crowded House in 2021 with his sons Liam and Elroy as official members when the band last dropped new music in 2021 with studio LP Dreamers Are Waiting.
In a recent interview Finn told Rolling Stone “We don’t want to be that same band now.” “I like to think the songs can be equally as good. Some people will find them not as immediately catchy or classic-sounding, but it’s worth remembering that when we handed our first record into Capitol, nobody was saying it was going to go straight onto the radio. They were like, ‘I don’t know if you have the singles.’ Sometimes hits and popular songs aren’t obvious until they happen.” “We feel a tremendous potential in the band. We’ve done these shows and we’ve grown. It’s filled us with wonder about the whole thing. We’d like to get together and have another album next year, hopefully.”