You have to wonder if Craig Finn (of The Hold Steady) has ever met a girl outside of a party or a rock ‘n’ roll show. He sure does sing a lot about them — and in such a cynical light, too. If they’re not going for status, they’re out for some massive nights, or in this case, they’re just ignoring your problems. “Rock Problems”, that is.
The second tune off of Heaven is Whenever, “Rock Problems” finds Finn working off of the same power chords and distortion that we heard last week with “Hurricane J”. Let’s just say that ’70s rock has really influenced this record. These two tracks sound like Thin Lizzy and T.Rex, all rolled up and splashed with a touch of Soul Asylum, which just means Finn is pulling from his Minneapolis roots. Lyrically, it’s not too different than, well, anything he’s ever written, and while that’s still somewhat bothersome, you really can’t help but enjoy it still. It’s sort of the same way we never tell our closest friends that we’ve heard their “stories” a hundred times before.
And if you take anything away from The Hold Steady, it’s that they’re the closest friends you’ll ever have via microphones. That being said, we’re still waiting on the band’s Don’t Tell a Soul or All Shook Down. Just sayin’.
Heaven is Whenever surfaces May 4th (via Vagrant).
(Stream provided, thanks to New York Magazine)
The Hold Steady 2010 Tour Dates
04/02 Ardsley, NY @ LIFE
04/03 New Haven, CT @ Toads Place
04/06 Northampton, MA @ Pearl Street
04/07 Albany, NY @ Linda Norris Auditorium
04/08 Woodstock, NY @ Bearsville Theater
04/09 Jermyn, PA @ Eleanor Rigbys
04/10 Syracuse, NY @ The Westcott Theater
04/12 Rochester, NY @ The Club at Water Street Music Hall
04/13 Cleveland, OH @ Beachland Ballroom
04/14 Pittsburgh, PA @ Diesel Club Lounge
04/15- Morgantown, WV @ 123 Pleasant St.
04/16 Harrisburg, PA @ Appalachian Brewing Company
05/04 San Diego, CA @ Belly Up
05/05 Los Angeles, CA @ El Rey Theatre
05/06 San Francisco, CA @ The Fillmore
05/29 George, WA @ Sasquatch! Music Festival
06/12 Isle of Wight, UK @ Isle of Wight Festival
06/14 Paris, FR @ Fleche DOr
06/21 Amsterdam, NL @ Melkweg
06/22 London, UK @ HMV Forum
06/26 Manchester, UK @ Academy 2