The Hold Steady – Tickets – 9:30 Club – Washington, DC – April 7th, 2014

The Hold Steady

The Hold Steady

Cheap Girls

Mon 4/7/14

Doors: 7:00 pm

The Hold Steady - (Set time: 9:15 PM)
The Hold Steady

The Hold Steady - A biography

Things to know about The Hold Steady:

* "Teeth Dreams" is the sixth album from one of America's most acclaimed rock bands.

* This is their first release in four years. Their last, "Heaven is Whenever," came out in May 2010.

* The songs on "Teeth Dreams" came together over the past three years. Many of them went through significant changes along the way. Four years is the most time between any two The Hold Steady releases.

* Guitarist Steve Selvidge joined The Hold Steady for the "Heaven is Whenever" tour. "Teeth Dreams" is the first THS release where Selvidge participated in the writing and recording. A number of the songs were written at sessions in Memphis, where Steve lives.

* The album was produced and mixed by Nick Raskulinecz. Nick has produced records by Foo Fighters, Rush, Alice in Chains, Deftones, Ghost and more.

* "Teeth Dreams" was recorded and mixed at Rock Falcon Studios in Franklin, TN. It is the first record that THS has made outside of the NYC area.

* This five-piece line up (two guitars, bass, drums, vocals) of the band showcases a bigger and tougher sound. The guitars are especially present on this release.

* This is the first release on the band's own Positive Jams imprint, which is in partnership with Washington Square/Razor & Tie.

* The title "Teeth Dreams" refers to a common nighttime dream. Dreams about teeth are usually triggered by anxiety. Anxiety is a theme that shows up in a number of songs on the album.

* The band recently launched an official fan club called The Unified Scene, and released a five song covers EP to the members of the club.

* The Hold Steady played their first show in 2003. They are entering their second decade as a band. The Hold Steady has been cited as influential by numerous rock acts such as Japandroids, Titus Andronicus, Frank Turner and many others.

* THS has toured heavily, and has played at least one show in all 50 states. They achieved this in summer 2013 when they played a show in Wyoming, the last state on their list.
Cheap Girls - (Set time: 8:00 PM)
Cheap Girls
Cheap Girls was formed in 2007, the result of three musicians who’d grown up playing in bands around their hometown coming together to create music. Consisting of brothers Ben and Ian Graham (drums and vocals/bass respectively) and guitarist Adam Aymor, the Lansing, Michigan band has released three full-lengths since 2008. “We just wanted to start a simple rock band and just play all the time,” Ian says. “This was fun right off the bat. It was a simple format. I’d write songs, we’d learn them the next day and we’d move on. That’s still what we do.”

The band’s first album, Find Me A Drink Home was initially self-released in 2008 and was quickly followed by the release of their 2009 sophomore full-length My Roaring 20s which was released on Paper + Plastick who subsequently reissued Find Me A Drink Home. Their third full-length, Giant Orange, was released on Rise Records in early 2012. Recorded and produced by Against Me’s Laura Jane Grace in her Total Treble Studio in Elkton, Florida, she was the first producer Cheap Girls worked with and Cheap Girls were the first band Laura produced. This ended up working out for everyone. “It was casual, but we were all really serious about making a good record,” explains Ian.

Though it’s hard to compare Cheap Girls to other bands, Laura thinks they sound like some pretty damn good acts. “With Cheap Girls you not only have an authentic Midwestern rock band in the vein of the Replacements, Soul Asylum, Sugar and early Smoking Popes but you also have an incredibly talented lyricist and songwriter in Ian Graham,” Laura says. “I’m lucky to have gotten the chance to work with them.”
Venue Information:
9:30 Club
815 V St. NW
Washington, DC, 20001