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The Hold Steady is an American indie rock band from Brooklyn, New York, formed in 2004.

The Hold Steady is an American indie rock band from Brooklyn, New York, formed in 2004. The band consists of Craig Finn (vocals, guitar), Tad Kubler (lead guitar), Galen Polivka (bass), Bobby Drake (drums), and Steve Selvidge (guitar). Noted for their lyrically dense storytelling, and classic rock influences, the band's narrative-based songs frequently address themes, such as, drug addiction, religion and redemption, and often take place within the city of Minneapolis.

Formed four years following the break-up of Finn and Kubler's former band, Lifter Puller, The Hold Steady's 2004 debut album “Almost Killed Me,” was released on Frenchkiss Records and was a sleeper hit among music critics. The band released its second album, “Separation Sunday,” in May 2005. The album was a loose concept album following the exploits of a character named “Holly” (short for “Hallelujah”) and her quest to find a balance between Catholicism and rock and roll through drugs and a metaphorical resurrection. The album was critically lauded, and its religious overtones were picked up by many critics.

The band moved from the Frenchkiss Records imprint to Vagrant Records and came to prominence with the release of their third studio album, “Boys and Girls in America,” in 2006.

The band's fourth album, “Stay Positive,” was released in July 2008. The album was recorded in Hoboken, New Jersey and Wild Arctic studio in Queens, New York with producer John Agnello. Guests on the sessions included Ben Nichols from Lucero, J. Mascis of Dinosaur Jr., Emilyn Brodsky, and Doug Gillard, who played guitar in Guided By Voices. In April 2009, the band released a two-disc documentary and live album set entitled “A Positive Rage.”

In 2010, keyboardist and multi-instrumentalist Franz Nicolay left the band prior to the recording of their fifth studio album, 2010’s “Heaven Is Whenever.” During the band's subsquent tour, the band became a five piece, once more, with the addition of former Lucero guitarist Steve Selvidge.


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