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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