Rig Tour: The Hold Steady
We catch America’s finest indie rock storytellers The Hold Steady on a flying visit to London, eschewing their usual kitchen sink ’boards for a minimalist run ’n’ gun rig
Holding court on Camden’s Electric Ballroom’s stage is The Hold Steady guitarist Tad Kubler, who has been Googling milliamp stats for his stomp boxes and stressing over the alarming LED array on his ’board. “This ‘peak’ light is going off, even when it’s not on,” he says. Fellow six stringer Steve Selvidge’s sage advice? “Gaff it.” It’s anindicator of what’s in store for the tour. There’s not an AXE-FX in sight: just three veterans, a tangle of stomp boxes and an array of bruised guitars that ooze both utility and vibe.