The Hold Steady and The Loved Ones have been playing shows and touring together since June and it all came to end last night here in DC at the 9:30 Club, as both bands are heading overseas in the next week.
They were the only 2 bands on the bill, so no crappy opening band was quite refreshing.
When The Loved Ones come to town it’s always appointment concert-time for me, and really it was the main reason I went. However, this is the 2nd time in a row that TLO have come to town and didn’t draw as many people as I would have guessed. The majority of the people watching them last night were waiting for the THS. I don’t know what’s getting in the way of these dudes from blowing up, but something is…
Regardless, they killed it. A more energetic and Loved Ones focused crowd would have made their set 300 times better, but what’s a dude supposed to do. Dave Hause’s sister was with them again playing keyboard. The majority of their set came from “Build and Burn” including the Tad Kubler from THS guitar jam “Louisiana” to cap it. Franz came out too to play harmonica and that was what really got everyone going. (TLO are back in Baltimore in September)
This was the first time I’ve seen The Hold Steady live and I do have to say that I was quite impressed not only with the performance but with the fans too. They’ve built quite the following very quickly. (Show was sold out)
Craig Finn is a great frontman (next to Franz’s stache). But he totally doesn’t fit the bill for being a great frontman (traditionally) which is why I think he’s awesome at it. Did that make any sense? He's like an escaped patient from an insane asylum... with a sweet guitar.
Just like The Loved Ones, The Hold Steady are even better live then on cd/vinyl/mp3/whatever. They added a horn section that played during some key songs. Highlights for me were “Chips Ahoy!”, “Massive Nights” and I really do like “Sequestered in Memphis” off the new album “Stay Positive,” which was released to critical acclaim. A few live shots from last night can be found here taken by some guy.
I’d love to see THS again and clearly, TLO are still my boys.