“There are nights where I think Sal Paradise was right
Boys and girls in America
They have such a sad time together.”
For a group that has a well-earned reputation for being something of a modern-day bar band, The Hold Steady thrived on the poetic. This opening line from the opening track “Stuck Between Stations” sets the stage for what’s to come. It’s not often you get Jack Kerouac references in indie rock, but The Hold Steady is also not your prototypical band.
A departure from the world created by their first two albums, Boys and Girls in America, now ten years old, took these densely layered narratives and formulated stories of the everyman (and every girl) loosely based on experiences growing up in suburban Minneapolis. The result is an electrifying blend of the fantastic storytelling you come to expect from Craig Finn and powerful, anthemic instrumentals from the rest of the band.