The Hold Steady's Stay Positive Set For Release July 15
The Hold Steady - the Brooklyn based band lauded for "scope and depth that are all too rare in contemporary rock - indie or mainstream" (Pitchfork), recently put the finishing touches on Stay Positive, their new album set for release July 15 on Vagrant Records. The album was produced by John Agnello and recorded at Water Music in Hoboken, NJ and Wild Arctic Studios in Queens, NY, with mixing at the Magic Shop in
Soho in Manhattan.
Singer Craig Finn defines Stay Positive as an album, musically and
lyrically, about the attempt to age gracefully. Incorporating harpsichord, banjo and talk box, on Stay Positive the band's gift for literate, anthemic songwriting finds a new focus Finn calls "more musical... more dynamics, different instrumentation, more complex arrangements, and not always hiding behind raw volume."
The songs came together on the road, as the band was touring the world
behind 2006's breakthrough Boys and Girls in America, a run that
found the band playing well over 200 shows in 2007 alone. Says Finn,
"possibly the most exciting aspect of our band is the community of fans
that have followed us around the country. In talking to them, we have
found that no matter their ages, they are so much like us as people,
that they seem at times an extension of the music. A great American
philosopher named D. Boon once said 'Our band could be your life.' I
think that is true. But 'Your Life could be Our Band' is also a true
statement. I know this because we have lived it. These are our lives.
These are your lives. This is our fourth record. Stay Positive."
The Hold Steady is: Craig Finn, Tad Kubler, Galen Polivka, Bobby Drake,
Stay Positive track listing:
1. Constructive Summer
2. Sequestered in Memphis
3. One for the Cutters
4. Navy Sheets
5. Lord, I'm Discouraged
6. Yeah Sapphire
7. Both Crosses
8. Stay Positive
10. Joke About Jamaica
11. Slapped Actress
The band will perform a sold out show Friday, May 2 at Webster Hall in
NYC as part of the Tribeca Film Festival, and kick off a major tour
this summer following a free hometown show at JELLYNYC's Pool Parties
at Brooklyn's McCarren Pool on June 29.
Confirmed U.S. summer tour dates:
05.02 - New York, NY - Webster Hall (Tribeca Film Fest)
05.07 - Middletown, CT - Andrus Field @ Wesleyan University
06.08 - Chula Vista, CA - 94/9 Independence Jam
06.27 - Baltimore, MD - Ram's Head Live!
06.28 - Philadelphia, PA - Festival Pier - w/ Devo
06.29 - Brooklyn, NY - McCarren Pool
07.19 - Chicago, IL - Pitchfork Festival
07.26 - Seattle, WA - Capitol Hill Block Party
Complete U.S. and European Hold Steady tour dates available here.