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

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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.

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