The Hold Steady: US rockers prepare for Leeds gig

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WITH one of Leeds’ biggest music festivals just around the corner, one of the headline acts has spoken to the Yorkshire Evening Post about their return to British soil.

American rockers The Hold Steady will perform at Live at Leeds on Saturday, May 3.

The band will step on stage in front of hundreds of music fans at Stylus, at Leeds University Union at 10.30pm.

The band are currently on tour to promote their latest album, Teeth Dreams, which is their first album for four years.

Vocalist and guitarist Craig Finn says that, after the band put out five albums in the space of six years, they have been enjoying a bit of a break from recording and life on the road.

“We put out five albums in like six, seven years, and then we were exhausted with all the touring, so we took a break,” he said.

“I did a solo record and we started to reconvene; we added a guitar player, Steve Selvidge, for the touring on the last record.

“When we went into making this record, we wanted him to be a part of writing and recording.”

Finn believes that the new album has a more rock-oriented sound than its predecessors.

“We worked with Nick Raskulinecz, who’s a big rock producer; he’s produced albums by the Foo Fighters and Rush,” he explains.

“He brought a pretty big rock sound to us, so I think it’s a bigger rock record than we’ve made before, but I think it’s pretty much a Hold Steady record.”

This year’s three-day Live at Leeds festival runs from Friday, May 2 to Monday, May 5, and will see 200 bands performing to 15,000 music fans across 20 venues.

Top names for the festival include Frank Turner, The Sunshine Underground, Bipolar Sunshine, Pulled Apart by Horses, Clean Bandit, Ella Eyre, ¡Forward Russia!, I Like Trains, The Mexanines, George Ezra, King Charles, Kodaline, Nina Nesbitt, Los Campesinos and Happy Daggers.

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