Gig Review

The Hold Steady
Bristol, Academy
5th February 2011

The Hold Steady   

Photo Of The Hold Steady © Copyright TriggerTonight I headed to the Academy in Bristol to check out super nerd rock dad band The Hold Steady and the first thing I noticed was how empty the venue was with the upstairs being completely shut off but by the time The Hold Steady took to the stage the venue seemed that little bit more filled up and there was a comfortable amount of space between people which is normally rare for the sweat pit that is Bristol Academy.

Photo Of The Hold Steady © Copyright TriggerThe crowd tonight was a more mature crowd with the average age of people being in their 30’s from my observation, if you had a chequered shirt on then you fitted in like a treat as every other person in the venue was wearing their finest chequered shirt and to my surprise there was no double ups.

The Hold Steady took to the stage at 9.15pm for an hour and a half set which consisted of 24 songs, as soon as the band took to the stage they blasted straight into one of the big fan favourites ‘Sequestered In Memphis’ and from that moment front man Craig Finn was on top form with his energetic movements on stage which consisted of many hand movements including the funky penguin dance.

The set tonight consisted of some great songs which spanned through their whole career such as ‘Magazine’, ‘Girls Like Status’, ‘Southtown Girls’, ‘Stay Positive’, ‘Constructive Summer’ and 19 other greats but it was the classic ‘Chips Ahoy!’ from their ‘Boys And Girls In America’ album which really got the crowd going tonight.

For the whole show there was a select amount of people at the front bopping up and down throughout they were here to have a good time but as the crowd went further back there was more and more people stood with their arms folded taking in the music and only unfolding their arms to purchase a drink or when a big hit single came on.

Photo Of The Hold Steady © Copyright TriggerThe way the band came across on stage tonight was that Craig Finn is The Hold Steady as his sheer energy and passion as a front man on stage came across so bright, by the end of the night his shirt was drenched due to his energetic movements, however the rest of the band looked a bit stale on stage and came across more like a backing band for Craig Finn but then I doubt many people would be able to keep up with the positivity of Craig Finn.

With The Hold Steady you always know that you are going to get a straight up classic rock and roll show and that was exactly what happened tonight the band blasted through some of their best songs at speed, some of it was a bit boring but the majority of it rocked, the main downside for myself was not having Franz Nicolay on stage as his sadly departed the band back in 2010, but this didn’t seem to bother the rest of the crowd as everyone left looking like their money was well spent.


Review By Trigger

 The Hold Steady

Bobby Drake
Craig Finn
Tad Kubler
Galen Polivka

 Band Related Links
The Hold Steady Myspace
 Review Score Code
- Top Cheese
- Brilliant
- Pretty damn good
- Ok I guess
- What Was That?