Neil Finn from Crowded House set hit road with wife in The Pajama Club 

The last time we spoke to Crowded House mastermind Neil Finn, he waxed rhaposodic about the vocal talents of his wife Sharon, who’d begun duetting with him on band efforts.

“She’s always had a lovely voice, and she and I have been jamming quite a lot on drums and bass at our house, so there’s a body of material starting to build up,” he said a few months ago. “We have a little entity called the Pajama Party, quite different from anything I normally — it’s got more of a groove to it, and we did actually wear pajamas. That’s how it got started. We started going in just before we went to bed, with her on bass and me on drums, and we’re pretty evenly matched.”

Now comes the album announcement.

The duo — just rechristened The Pajama Club — has grown to include New Zealand indie musician Sean Donnelly (SJD) and, for touring, ex-Grates drummer Alana Skyring. And their eponymous debut will hit stores on Sept. 13.

Its initial single, “From A Friend To A Friend,” is already streaming (for more, check out www.pajamaclubmusic.com). And best of all, husband and wife will hit the road for a full West Coast tour this August. The Finns’ hotel suites probably won’t feel like a, ahem, crowded house. But they should certainly feel like home.

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