Even with a dossier full of adoring press, The
Hold Steady remains a scuffling indie band. Finding its music on commercial
radio is virtually impossible, and while you can find some videos from the band
on YouTube, you'll be hard-pressed to find them on MTV or Fuse. That's not a
problem, keyboardist Nicolay pointed out in a recent interview, since the band
doesn't expect critical praise to lead to full-blown rock stardom...
..."One of the great things about this band is
that every time we go out, you can see a noticeable increase in the crowd,"
Nicolay said. "San Diego is a place I always think of like that, where we've
played the same place every time we've been there. The first time, there was
maybe 40 people. The next time, there was 150, and the next was
The Hold Steady are playing at Cane's on June 1. Illinois is? are? opening and they are a-maz-ing so check em out, too.