The Hold Steady

Genres: Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 2000s

Biography

Formed in New York City in 2000, this US indie rock band initially comprised Minnesota natives Craig Finn (guitar/vocals) and Tad Kubler (guitar), both formerly of Minneapolis-based art-punk band Lifter Puller, and Galen Polivka (bass) and Judd Counsel (drums). Their debut, Almost Killed Me, was released on the New York-based label Frenchkiss Records in early 2004. The album did an effective job of marshalling the band’s musical inspirations (most notably, the classic rock of mid-70s era Bruce Springsteen and Thin Lizzy) into a coherent whole, with Finn’s autobiographical lyrics serving as the focal point.

In May 2005, Hold Steady made the front page of the influential New York newspaper The Village Voice. Released shortly afterwards, Separation Sunday was a concept album based around the central characters of Holly, Charlemagne and Gideon, all of which had previously appeared on Almost Killed Me. The story of Holly, a part-time...

Arrow Read the Full Biography of The Hold Steady


To place an order or for customer service, call toll-free 1-800-336-4627 or outside the United States, call 1-610-649-7565
Open Monday - Friday: 7am-10pm, Saturday: 9am-9pm, Sunday: 10am-8pm (Eastern Time)