Out With the (H)Old (Steady), In With the New: Disappears

The Hold Steady played in D.C. last night, but I wasn't there. Been there, seen that, wrote far, far too many words about it. Gotta keep things fresh. And since the Hold Steady had no new album to tour in support of and were already slipping into self-parody, freshness was not to be expected. So I skipped.

I feel good about that decision. Across the street at DC9, Disappears played eight or so songs of excellent psych-tinged drone rock. It was a succinct, no-nonsense 30-minute set (my favorite kind) that was right in my wheelhouse. It kept making me think of a more energetic Spacemen 3 covering Bowie's "Rebel Rebel." Or that Disappears clearly understands that "Waiting For the Man" is the pinnacle of rock-and-roll, and the best path to making good music is to simply use that song as your base and add some of your own touches.

So with Disappears you get one guitarist churning out some reverb-drenched power chords and vocals while the other adds some twinkling, trippy leads, the drummer locks in on one beat and stays with it for four minutes and the bassist supplies much of the melody. It hit the spot. Hit the little play button and take a listen below. (Embedded music on a music blog, now we've thought of everything!)

Disappears - "Magics"

By David Malitz |  June 8, 2009; 6:27 PM ET Hold Steady , New (?) Smell
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Are you serious? You missed the greatest live band of this generation for a 30 minutes of "psych rock"? Shame on you, David Malitz.

Posted by: pinballwizard311 | June 9, 2009 1:24 AM

i've been listening to the hold steady for a couple years now, but had not seen them live until sunday night. malitz had seen them before and was worried about 'freshness?' how about energy and power and enthusiasm and everything that makes live rock 'n roll great? these guys -- and especially craig finn, obviously -- are the best live band i've seen in a long time. i'm looking forward to the next time they're in town.

Posted by: davekoshgarian | June 12, 2009 3:04 PM

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