Franz Nicolay leaves the Hold Steady
|Photo by Stacy Schwartz|
Aside from Craig Finn's spastic arm swings and sneers, I've always thought that Nicolay was one of the most exciting elements of the Hold Steady's live shows. He has a way of bouncing up and down, dancing theatrically, and grinning ear to ear that is irresistibly contagious.
Case in point:
Franz already has a lot on his plate, and has spent the past couple of years establishing himself as a solo songwriter and performer. "In the meantime," he writes, "My story collection Complicated Gardening Techniques is out next month, Guignol & Mischief Brew Fighty Dirty is out now, as is my EP St. Sebastian of the Short Stage; and I'm producing a record from Brooklyn's The Debutante Hour."