Set for release on 31st March on the band’s Positive Jams label via Thirty Tigers, The Hold Steady have announced their ninth studio album ‘The Price Of Progress’. “These are some of the most cinematic songs in The Hold Steady catalog,”frontman Craig Finn says, “and the record was a joy to make. I feel like we went somewhere we haven’t before, which is a very exciting thing for a band that is two decades into our career.” Alongside the album announcement, the band are also sharing the record’s lead single ‘Sideways Skull’. “Sideways Skull is a rocking song about rock and rollers,” Craig explains. “In this case, they’ve been taken out of the game for a bit of rest, but still keep their dreams alive as they discuss past glories. We loved the big sound of this when Tad Kubler brought it into the band, and the studio performance of it felt especially joyful. We’re happy to put this forth as a first look at The Price of Progress, and the album’s title even comes from this song.” Check out ‘Sideways Skull’ below. ‘The Price Of Progress’ Tracklisting: 1. Grand Junction 2. Sideways Skull 3. Carlos Is Crying 4. Understudies 5. Sixers 6. The Birdwatchers 7. City At Eleven 8. Perdido 9. Distortions of Faith 10. Flyover Halftime See The Hold Steady live at the following dates: MARCH 10 – The Weekender at Electric Ballroom, London, UK 11 – The Weekender at Electric Ballroom, London, UK 12 – Colours Hoxton, London, UK (SOLD OUT) Get tickets to watch The Hold Steady live now.