First thing that comes to mind: Bruce Springsteen.
Second thing that comes to mind: The band rocks but the vocals are buried.
Lastly, damn Les Paul’s sound great cranked straight through an amp (go win one – click the pic above).
There is a lot of buzz around this band. Rolling Stone magazine raves and raves about The Hold Steady’s music. ME? Eh, it’s good. It drives. It’s extremely American…I’m not sure what that means exactly, but it gives me the feeling of being back in Indiana drinking with my friends and cousins….gettin’ in trouble. Which is good! It’s just that every song sort of has this same story telling vibe that can get a bit stale really quick. There’s only so many times you can hear “The boys are back in town”.
If ya want, check out Boys and Girls in America