October 12, 2006

Drinking Songs: The Hold Steady

Hold Steady: Boys and Girls in AmericaIt's no secret that we like to drink here at the Liquor Snob offices, but the ice chest full of beers next to every computer isn't the only thing that makes our humble little abode a great place to work. We also like to listen to music, and we have a little office-wide contest where the interns bring in music that's somehow drinking-related for us all to enjoy, so we thought we might start sharing some of that music with you. Y'know, to try to brighten up that miserable existence you're constantly trying to drink away the memory of. Plus it's so cute to watch the interns try to wow us.

Anyway, this installment of our drinking songs saga is The Hold Steady, a group that's been called America's best bar band. We were reading a Pitchfork review of Boys and Girls in America (Amazon), the band's latest release, however, and they think the bar band tag is a misnomer, something we've got to agree with. They say "...although the characters in the Hold Steady's beery tales are big drinkers, you can't imagine many of them bellied up to a bar." We couldn't agree more - bar drinking is something that can be morose and introspective, but the Hold Steady's music is all about people who're just having a lot of fun with their drinking. They drink at parties, they sneak booze into places, and in one song on Boys and Girls manage to drink out of a purse.

But it's not all about the booze, either - the Hold Steady just plain rock. Some people might have trouble with the lead singer's voice - he doesn't quite sing and he doesn't quite talk and it all sounds like it's being dragged over gravel - but dammit it works. This isn't music for white-belted hipster pixies in mommy's eye shadow...it's good old sipping-PBR-while-pumping-your-fist-at-the-club, driving-along-with-a-beer-between-your-legs (not that we condone that) balls out rock that makes you feel like you're starting a three day bender. And there's nothing wrong with that.

The Hold Steady's Catalog:
Almost Killed Me - 2004 (at Amazon)
Separation Sunday - 2005 (at Amazon)
Boys and Girls in America - 2006 (at Amazon)

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Posted by Jake Jamieson at October 12, 2006 7:45 AM
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