Tuesday, May 27, 2008
The Hold Steady....Not For Me
So I once had a friend that would endorse this band and their past album "Boys And Girls In America", so I finally got the interest to listen to that album once I downloaded their new album. BUT.....I thought it sucked, pretty basic generic "riffs" and pretty general "frat rock" lyrics complete with exaggerated drunk stories. The Hold Steady seem to go wrong with every angle they choose to take (which is the only thing they accomplish), the whole "we did or do a lot of drugs and drink" - the replacements did it better. The basic "high school band guitar distortion effect" - Green Day did it better (and i don't even like them either). Another big thing this band is known for is their on-stage antics, "Oh man, this band rules, they get wasted as they play." - well sure I'll grant you that makes for an occasional great show, and many bands have done it well (The National, The Replacements, Pavement). But the difference is they made good music, and they were more than a silly gimmick.