The Hold Steady

This week’s band loves rock and roll. The band of the week is…

THE HOLD STEADY!!!

I’ve been a fan of The Hold Steady for a long time now, ever since I heard “Cattle and the Creeping Things”. Frontman Craig Finn‘s rambling beatnick stories spewed over classic rock riffs and chord clashes was something I could totally get into, and I did. Then, of course, Pitchfork decided they were like the greatest band of all time, and when Boys and Girls in America came out, it got that huge 9.4, which I thought was a little too much, but it was a good album. And Pitchfork wasn’t the only one: there were tons of sites out there raving about how The Hold Steady was like the greatest thing ever. At the time, I couldn’t quite understand it. I mean, I thought they were good, but I wasn’t fanatical about them. But now I think I get it.

When I saw them on the Colbert Report the other night, talking about how rock music gave people from their generation direction and inspiration in regards to how they live their lives, I got the sense that these guys truly love rock and roll, these guys truly live for rock and roll. And you could see when that writer came up and asked to introduce them, that their love for rock translated into something more, something that fans came to truly love and cherish as well.

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With their latest album, Heaven is Whenever, it seems like The Hold Steady have moved on from being the band that’s way cooler than you’ll ever be, to the band that wants to be your older brother, or your dad. I can see how some fans might be disenchanted by the changes, but at the same time, I sympathize more with the band because they want to make music for everyone now, they want to make music for 14-year-olds who’ll be replaying Heaven Is Whenever until they’re 40.

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“Heaven is whenever/We can get together/Lock your bedroom door/And listen to your records,” sings Finn in “We Can Get Together”. That’s probably one of the greatest lyrics ever. Hopefully there’s some Hold Steady in that record collection.

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