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Teeth Dreams

The Hold Steady

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Now that The Hold Steady sport three guitarists with the addition of Steve Selvidge, it’s pretty obvious which end of their sound the band are further pursuing. They’d indulged an E Street Band vibe with Franz Nicolay’s flashy keyboards, but with Nicolay’s continued absence, the band now focus on guitarist Tad Kubler’s love for AC/DC and Thin Lizzy. That’s not to say the band have gone for the complete ham-fist; they’re still conceptualists at heart, and “The Ambassadors” has its sound layered with guitar arpeggios, swirling organs, and subtler moves (courtesy, in part, of producer Nick Raskulinecz, who broke the "crossover" code for Foo Fighters). Singer/narrator Craig Finn (who may or may not have delegated his guitar duties) still sings of misguided kids in search of understanding, but Finn also sounds like a man who’s hit the wall and is all for instilling notions of restraint in his characters. “Conventional wisdom says we should probably cruise,” he says in “On with the Business.” But with so many guitars pushing him to the edge, it’s more likely that his people are going for broke. 

Customer Reviews

1st single helping me Stay Positive

These guys can do no wrong =)

Toothless

The first single is like a straight uppercut to the jaw! I think I have a loose tooth! Sounds like could be a track from Boys and Girls. I can dig it,

Squarely in teh present with a hint of the past

I mean this in the most positive way and with the utmost respect to The Hold Steady: Teeth Dreams is an album that would have been perfectly comfortable in the wake of the grunge movement. I’m a child of the seventies and grunge brought back something that had been lost in 80’s rock and roll: grit, and adventure and non-conformant attitude. Grunge brought it back but added a new element in the sensibilities of the lyrics. The Hold Steady is a band of the new millennium, not because they are so different from movements past, but because they add yet another layer of density and complexity to their songs that makes them sound completely original and fresh and adventurous. They sound completely different from all else going on today, yet with a hint of familiarity of a time in music where the craft of music and lyrics writing was far more relevant than having a spot in the latest reality show or having a clothing or perfume line or, heaven forbid, receiving the recognition of an out of touch academy that is more focused on popularity than artistic value. One of the coolest aspects of the grunge movement was that it housed bands that were so stylistically different that I concluded it was a label that was more about an attitude than a music style. In that sense, I dare you to put a label on The Hold Steady, and I urge you to listen to this record with an open mind that knows no stylistic limits nor considers any popularity contests. Just enjoy it for what it is: a great rack & roll album.

Biography

Formed: 2000 in Brooklyn, NY

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '00s, '10s

Resisting the musical trends in New York City, vocalist/guitarist Craig Finn (ex-Lifter Puller) formed the Hold Steady after moving from Minneapolis in 2000. Wanting to capture the sound of bands such as the Replacements and the Grifters, he recruited guitarist Tad Kubler (also ex-Lifter Puller), drummer Judd Counsell, and bassist Galen Polivka. Recording mostly live, the band released its debut, Almost Killed Me, on Frenchkiss Records in March 2004. Dave Gardener (Rocket from the Crypt, Drive Like...
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  • $5.99
  • Genres: Alternative, Music, Rock, Indie Rock
  • Released: Feb 18, 2014

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