Hold Steady Stay Positive

The Hold Steady's Stay Positive Set For Release July 15

The Hold Steady
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, Franz Nicolay.

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
9. Magazines
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.


[Published on: 5/1/08]

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nuke_ticketbastard starstarstarstarstar Thu 5/1/2008 01:32PM
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hell yeah !!!!!

rams head + hold steady = the shit !

their last was my favorite album of last year & rams head is a great venue!

jacobandbeth Fri 5/2/2008 07:36AM
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the hold steady is the best band ever!!!! Craig Finn is the rocking party poet new school beat style. These guys are amazing....our band could be your life- so true.

if you like these guys check out Lifter Puller- most of the same members, jsut a little more raw and the lyrics are CRAZY.....

The1AndOnlyDJCT starstarstarstarstar Fri 5/2/2008 08:48AM
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Fuck yeah, gonna be at the NYC show tonight!!

cam0083 Sat 5/3/2008 11:42AM
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I love the Holdsteady and am hoping this record is good and not over done after the success of Boys and Girls in America. I have to admit I'm a little nervous with them adding all these instruments and Craig Flinn taking singing lessons, it could make it good but has the potential to ruin what they have going for them.