hold steady announce new record
  • TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 23, 2010

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The bar-band Americana heroes return with their fifth studio LP, Heaven Is Whenever, which is said to be "less anthemic" and "more complex". It's been a few since 2008's Stay Positive (which was definitely spun a few here), and now the band is ready to take it in a new direction. This marks their first record since the departure of Franz Nicolay. Quote Tad Kubler:
I think this is a much more dynamic record than anything we've done. I feel as though the last four records, with the exception of the odd track here and there, have been pretty much loud rock albums. This album is sonically more diverse. And I really believe it exposes new elements of the band that we hinted at on other records but weren't able to fully realize until this one. Rather than just concentrate on changes in instrumentation, we made changes to the song writing process. And this helped everyone to experiment not only with their own instrument and where they should play, but where they shouldn't. This record doesn't feel as dense. It feels more spacial. We weren't trying to get a dozen different ideas on a song.
Heaven Is Whenever is due 5/4 on Vagrant, a day that is starting to sound like the D-day of album releases for 2010. -joe puglisi

Tracklist for Heaven Is Whenever

: 01. The Sweet Part of the City 02. Soft in the Center 03. The Weekenders 04. The Smidge 05. Rock Problems 06. We Can Get Together 07. Hurricane J 08. Barely Breathing 09. Our Whole Lives 10. A Slight Discomfort

Tour Dates for The Hold Steady:

04-02 Ardsley, NY - LIFE 04-03 New Haven, CT - Toad's Place 04-05 Burlington, VT - Higher Ground 04-06 Northampton, MA - Pearl Street 04-07 Albany, NY - Linda Norris Auditorium 04-08 Woodstock, NY - Bearsville Theater 04-09 Jermyn, PA - Eleanor Rigby's 04-10 Syracuse, NY - The Westcott Theater 04-12 Rochester, NY - The Club at Water Street Music Hall 04-13 Cleveland, OH - Beachland Ballroom 04-14 Pittsburgh, PA - Diesel Club Lounge 04-15 Morgantown, WV - 123 Pleasant St. 04-16 Harrisburg, PA - Appalachian Brewing Company 05-05 Los Angeles, CA - El Rey Theatre 05-06 San Francisco, CA - The Fillmore 05-29 George, WA - Sasquatch Festival 06-12 Newport, England - Isle of Wright Festival 06-14 Paris, France - Fleche D'Or 06-21 Amsterdam, Netherlands - Melkeg 06-22 London, England - HMV Forum 06-26 Manchester, England - Academy
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