A bLA Reader Reviews The Hold Steady

the%20hold%20steady.jpgSo last week we gave away tickets to the Hold Steady / Art Brut show (click here for images from the excellent photog Timothy Norris), and reader Ari snagged a pair for himself. Here’s his take on the show, below. I have to say the performance was really fantastic–“You Can Make Him Like You” rendered live is even more savage and heartbreaking, “Boys and Girls In America” even more epic, and “Almost Killed Me” rounded out the show with a vast expanse of rolling sound and emotion. Thanks dudes.

Ari’s words: “…The band played a wide variety of old, older and new stuff all of which sounded better then any recording of their’s I had ever heard. Craig Finn, the singer, was jumping around like a five year old. Not just a normal five year old but one that I would describe as a Spaz but now most likely would lose that title to the ADD acronym and pilled up good. He was sincere, enthusiastic, and genuinely excited to be sing-talking in Los Angeles…They played a solid set of about an hour with a half hour encore. The biggest highlight for me was when they opened the encore with “positive jam.” When the band kicked in I almost pooped my pants with awe.”

His full review review is behind the jump. Thank you, Ari!

Ari’s story of the whole show:
“Thanks a lot for sending me to The Hold Steady last night. In a word they were: ROCKIN’. The show was the perfect oasis in the middle of craptastic weekdays. Here’s a little micro review of the show. The show was held at the Henry Fonda theater. I was patted down by a serious looking guy in a suit. I told him he “ran a good ship,” he then told me that is just where he had gotten off of a week ago. I was puzzled by that for a while. I looked really awesome showing up fashionably late, mere minutes before The Hold Steady started up. I really like Art Brut, but ultimately looking cool is more important then showing up on time to see them. From the minute the curtain came up, The Hold Steady BLEW it away. The crowd was a good mix. There of course was an abundance of ironic facial hair, obscure T-Shirts, and Chucks. Most people were generally into the music. There were a few people who were frozen to the floor, unable to make even the slightest movement; I found this dumbfounding. They were not even swaying slightly to the badassity of the music coming at them. The band played a wide variety of old, older and new stuff all of which sounded better then any recording of their’s I had ever heard. Craig Finn, the singer, was jumping around like a five year old. Not just a normal five year old but one that I would describe as a Spaz but now most likely would lose that title to the ADD acronym and pilled up good. He was sincere, enthusiastic, and genuinely excited to be sing-talking in Los Angeles. The bass player was thrashing around and sweating in such strange selective patches that leads me to believe his bass strap was actually sweating on him.The guitar player had some good shredding moments and was pretty rocking. He really outdid himself though at one point when he pulled out one of those guitars, that is like… A DOUBLE GUITAR. If he had a double guitar I have no idea why he did not just play it the entire time. He might have feared destruction from that much power. The keyboardist was dressed in a way that reminded me of a ventriloquist dummy. I cannot really explain that. They played a solid set of about an hour with a half hour encore. The biggest highlight for me was when they opened the encore with “positive jam.” When the band kicked in I almost pooped my pants with awe.”

One Reply to “A bLA Reader Reviews The Hold Steady”

  1. I was there with my wife and I was surprised to see the double guitar, seems very arena rock-ish, but it worked. Good show. If I was a bus driver at a school that suddenly came into a lot of money I’d ask for double guitars.

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