Monday, May 3, 2010

The Hold Steady On Letterman

Did anyone catch this on Friday? Dave obviously likes this band a lot, and was really complimentary after they performed "The Weekenders" from the new release (coming out tomorrow!) "Heaven is Whenever".

There have been many comparisons to Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band, but if you listen to the lyrics, you might hear a bit of Warren Zevon in there. Letterman loved Zevon, so it makes sense that he would like the literate rock of the Hold Steady. Me, I'm thinking it's nice that the songs aren't as fussy and overwrought as they struck me with past albums. Things don't stray too far from the Hold Steady template, but there is a bit more directness that I like. And that's a nice guitar solo, too:

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