The Hold Steady is an American rock band from Brooklyn, New York, formed in 2004. The band consists of Craig Finn (vocals, guitar), Tad Kubler (guitar), Galen Polivka (bass), Bobby Drake (drums), and Steve Selvidge (guitar).
The New York band’s sixth studio album, Teeth Dreams was released via Cooking Vinyl and produced by Nick Raskulinecz (Foo Fighters, Alice in Chains, Rush) at Rock Falcon Studios in Franklin, Tennessee. The Hold Steady formed in 2003 in Brooklyn, NY, with a vibrant mixture of punk and classic rock pedigree. Punctuated by lyrically dense storytelling and guitar riffs, The Hold Steady quickly became a critically acclaimed rock band with a rabid fan base in the UK and Europe as well as America.
Teeth Dreams is the first Hold Steady album to feature twin guitars as Memphis-based guitarist Steve Selvidge joined recording alongside band co-founder Tad Kubler
Tonight The Hold Steady hold court to the packed Garage in Glasgow which to be honest surprised me a bit as I knew little about the band obviously I have been living on a desert island judging by the crowd here to see them.
Opening with ’Positive Jam ‘ not as the name suggest starts with a doom laden narrative building to a heavy guitar crescendo… The mood is lifted with the brilliant ‘Stuck Between Stations’
The Hold Steady’s singer and guitarist Craig Finn seems an unlikely rock star….. to be honest he’s more like a maths teacher or a news reader… but onstage and in front of a microphone with his guitar slung low the bespectacled singer turns into a brilliant expressive animated front man.
Surprisingly their set on contains three songs from their latest Album ‘Teeth Dreams’… the amazing ‘I Hope This Whole Thing Didn’t Frighten You’, ‘Big Cig’ and another belter ‘Spinners’. The loudest applause was kept for the older material…. The baladesque ‘First Night”, Rock Problems’, ‘Hornets, Hornets’ and ‘Chips Ahoy”.
Only every hearing their recorded material prior to this gig some of the songs lost a little of their melodic quality due to the lack of keyboards but this was more than compensated for by some briliiant guitar playing and the manic onstage antics of Mr Finn…Super live music and brilliant gig.