The Ballroom at Sheffield City Hall is set to welcome one of America’s most acclaimed rock bands when The Hold Steady play in the city on Tuesday 14th October as part of their ‘Teeth Dreams’ tour.
As the band move into their second decade together and following the release of their sixth studio album, ‘Teeth Dreams’, they will embark on a 10 date UK tour this autumn.
The release of the bands sixth album follows a period of four years without a release, the longest The Hold Steady have ever gone between releases. The band are renowned for their ‘lyrically dense story telling’ with past albums covering a range of themes from drug addiction to religion and redemption. ‘Teeth Dreams’ embodies three years of intense song writing and production and the title refers to a common night-time dream. Dreams about teeth are considered to be triggered by anxiety; a recurring theme throughout songs on the record.
Since their formation in 2003 the band has been cited as influencing many other rock acts including Japandroids, Titus Andronicus and Frank Turner.
Speaking of their own musical influences band members consider Bruce Springsteen and Jim Carroll as contemporary influencers. Lyricist, and lead singer Craig Finn, has also spoken of the inspiration he can pull from the hip-hop genre stating: “Hip-Hop is so much about lyrics, and as a lyricist it’s hard not to be inspired by it.”
The Hold Steady have supported and toured with a number of huge rock acts including the Rolling Stones, Counting Crows and Kings of Leon. In 2013, the band recorded a track for Game of Thrones entitled ‘The Bear and the Maiden Fair’.
Following investment in a new PA system at Sheffield City Hall, the gig is amongst a number of shows to take place in the art-deco surroundings of the Ballroom this year.