It’s hard to feel an affinity for a band when their musical influence is so one-dimensional. Not only is there no room for doubt about who they’ve been brazenly stealing from, but you can’t help but wonder what is to be gained from subjecting yourself to a watered down version of the real thing.
Nevertheless there are a few acts who, with shocking defiance to our opening paragraph, have a rare class for recreating the sound of another without making you want to reminisce about the good old days like grandpa.
Midlake somehow manage to make you think Fleetwood Mac were cool, Mika could have been Freddie Mercury’s alter-ego, while Vampire Weekend aren’t influenced by a band but a specific album, namely Paul Simon’s Graceland.
And so this brings us conveniently to THE HOLD STEADY and their faithful devotion to the gospel according to Bruce Springsteen.
The Brooklyn-based group’s latest album Boys And Girls In America has already been hailed as a classic rock classic. However, it’s like a print of a priceless painting – it may look the same but only the original will ever be untouchable.
The Hold Steady – Stuck Between Stations
September 1, Connect Music Festival, Inverary