One of the things that makes The Hold Steady great, besides their aural blend of The Replacements and Springsteen (I can’t tell you how many times people have actually asked if it was The Boss we were listening to) is that Craig Finn is one of us.? You get the sense that even though he is now a rock star, at 37 the dude hasn’t forgotten how unbearably shitty or equally wonderful life can be.? And on both occasions he’s in the bar drinking away the pain or pouring another in celebration.
Their new tune sounds a lot like several of their other tunes, which is slightly annoying but also gratifyingly sweet.? Much in the same way that Craig Finn probably looks at life when he was attending Boston College or working some crap job watching the clock and bolting out the door at 5 p.m. and heading for the bar or the practice space.
“Sequested In Memphis,” from the forthcoming Stay Positive LP, is available on iTunes now.? The album will be available 6/15 on Vagrant.? Also, the band is currently on tour so check them out when they cruise into town.
HOLD STEADY SUMMER TOUR
07.17 – Cleveland, OH – Beachland Ballroom
07.18 – Pontiac, MI – Crofoot Ballroom
07.19 – Chicago, IL – Pitchfork Festival
07.21 – Madison, WI – Majestic Theatre
07.22 – Minneapolis, MN – First Avenue
07.23 – Fargo, ND – Fargo Theatre
07.26 – Seattle, WA – Capitol Hill Block Party
07.27 – Portland, OR – Crystal Ballroom
07.29 – San Francisco, CA – Mezzanine
07.30 – Los Angeles, CA – Avalon
08.02 – Tucson, AZ – Rialto Theatre
08.03 – El Paso, TX – Club 101
08.05 – Dallas, TX – Palladium Ballroom
08.06 – Austin, TX – La Zona Rosa
08.08 – Oxford, MS – Proud Larry?s
08.09 – Athens, GA – 40 Watt
08.10 – Charleston, SC – The Pourhouse
08.12 – Carrborro, NC – Cat?s Cradle
08.13 – Norfolk, VA – The Norva