Making their hotly anticipated return to Nippertown at The Linda after a frenzied, beer ‘n’ sweat-soaked sold-out show at Valentine’s Music Hall a year ago, newly revamped, Brooklyn-based, indie-rock torchbearers the Hold Steady charged into a new song “Rock Problems,” that boasted all the earmarks of the band’s classic sound.
A pummeling, churning rhythm section. Big, fat ready-for-the-arena powerchords that flooded the entire theater. A soaring, Allman Brothers Band-like twin-guitar duet. And Craig Finn’s always nimble, literate wordplay.
The Hold Steady have long been saddled with comparisons to early Springsteen, but this song – from their upcoming “Heaven Is Whenever” album, slated for release on May 4 – rang truer to the heart of Tom Petty’s glory-days anthems spiked with some Cheap Trick-like riffology.
But, ah, the band soon found itself facing even bigger “Rock Problems.”
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