You’re safe with The Hold Steady: press play on any of the six-piece’s now seven albums, and it’ll be a assembly of characters’ tales told via tracks which on first hearing sound jolly enough, but thanks to both the lyrics and frontman Craig Finn’s burr, are awash with more than a tinge of melancholy. Half of ‘Thrashing Thru The Passion’ has already been released, so it’s only half the record that’ll be new to any fans - and seven albums in, The Hold Steady are very much a band for their existing fans. There’s not anything here, whether the bar-room blues of ‘Blackout Sam’ or the jazz hands-aloft ’T-Shirt Tux’ that’s likely to win outsiders over.
More like this
There’s little in the way of new ground broken here, but it’s consistent nonetheless.
Their new album arrives next month!
Their new album ‘Open Door Policy’ arrives next month.
Their sharing first single ‘Family Farm’ alongside the news!