Boys and Girls in Canada
The Hold Steady, Monday August 6, 2007
The Opera House, Toronto
You expect the indie rock power quintet The Hold Steady to come on stage and blow the Labatt Blue out of your hand with a killer power chord. But this isn’t exactly what happened. The band sauntered onto the stage, waved at the fans, and got their instruments organized. Lead singer Craig Finn grabbed the mic, looked at the audience, smiled, and started into the a capella opening of Hornets! Hornets! off of the 2005 release Separation Sunday. The capacity crowd cheered wildly, but, by the second line, got eerily quiet, following Finn’s every lip movement, an odd but delightful phenomenon that rarely happens at rock shows. Of course by the time Finn finished the verse, “…with whoever's gonna get me the highest,” the crowd erupted.
The Brooklyn-via-Minneapolis-based band continued to rock the (Opera) house, covering most of their superb 2006 release Boys And Girls In America. …