Hold Steady Announce New Album, Sounds Like It Could Be Awful, Will Probably Be Super Awesome

02/23/2010 11:56 AM |

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Word comes this morning that the Hold Steady will release their fifth long-player, Heaven Is Whenever, on May 4th. The follow-up to the brilliant Stay Positive will be the band’s first record since their debut, Almost Killed Me, that doesn’t feature multi-instrumentalist Franz Nicolay, who announced his departure last month. The album was produced by Dean Baltulonis, who worked with the band in their early days, engineering Almost Killed Me and producing Separation Sunday. Guitarist Tad Kubler says it’s a “guitar-heavy record” but “not a heavy guitar record,” and he cites, god help us, Jon Brion as a recent influence. Craig Finn notes that it’s “less anthemic and more complex” than their previous work. So, basically, it sounds like it could be a Hold Steady record without any of the things people like about the Hold Steady? Not so fast: Finn also says it’s about “embracing suffering and understanding its place in a joyful life,” which sounds about right. Tracklist and hilariously off-the-beaten-path tour dates after the jump.

Heaven Is Whenever tracklist:

1. The Sweet Part of the City
2. Soft in the Center
3. The Weekenders
4. The Smidge
5. Rock Problems
6. We Can Get Together
7. Hurricane J
8. Barely Breathing
9. Our Whole Lives
10. A Slight Discomfort

Tour dates:
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 Gorge Amphitheatre, WA – Sasquatch Festival