The HOLD STEADY – ” Spices “

Posted: January 30, 2021 in MUSIC
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Ahead of their upcoming studio effort “Open Door Policy”, The Hold Steady have released another single from the record, “Spices.” The new track marks the third that the band has released from the forthcoming album; they previously released “Heavy Covenant” and “Family Farm.”

“‘Spices’ began with the intro riff that guitarist Tad Kubler brought in,” Craig Finn said (via press release). “It unfurled quickly when the band got together. It’s probably one of the heaviest songs on the record, but it achieves some levity with the horn section that arrives at the chorus. Like a number of others on the record, ‘Spices’ speaks of technology – the way texts, social media, DMs, etc. allow acquaintances to pop up into our lives and potentially disappear again just as quickly.” Produced by Josh Kaufman,

Listen to another song from Open Door Policy called “Spices” wherever you listen to music! This one features a killer guitar riff from Tad and some cool horns on the choruses courtesy of our friends Ray Mason, Stuart Bogie and Jordan McLean. Like a number of others on the record,

The band dropped “Family Farm” in December of 2020, just before their ‘Massive Nights’ livestreams from Brooklyn Bowl in New York City. “Heavy Covenant” was then released in early January.

2020 was a, well, er, interesting year. Imagining The Weekender in London being the last time we’d all be together wasn’t the way anyone planned. But we’re excited to be able to play for you later this week with Massive Nights 2020 via the magic of live-streaming. What we’re possibly more excited about bringing you new music and starting off 2021 with a brand new album! “OPEN DOOR POLICY” is our 8th studio album and will be released on February 19th, 2021 via our own label, Positive Jams, in association with Thirty Tigers.

The Hold Steady premiered several new songs from their upcoming Open Door Policy at Massive Nights V. I was immediately bowled over by “Heavy Covenant”. Beautiful song.

We recorded “Open Door Policy” in two different sessions in the back half of 2019. Once again we teamed with producer Josh Kaufman and engineer Dan Goodwin, this time at the Clubhouse studio in upstate NY. Our intention was to create an album that worked as a grand piece, rather than a collection of songs. 2019 was an active year for The Hold Steady — our writing was consistent, and new songs were coming in pretty regularly. The recording process was creative, open and fun.

The songs on “Open Door Policy are about power, wealth, & mental health. They’re about technology, occupation, consumerism, freedom, fandom and escape. And although the album was written and recorded in 2019, the themes of this record seem to be underscored and highlighted by this year of virus and quarantine. Big thanks to Dave McLaughlin for his photo on the album cover, which appears above. “Family Farm” is the first song from the album we’re sharing. It originated from a demo Tad brought in, with Franz adding a classic THS bridge. Our friends Stuart Bogie and Jordan McLean came in with the horns. The song even includes a mention of the great Eddie Van Halen solo “Eruption”, an unintended tribute to a great rock hero in light of his recent passing.

  1. Exciting times in the Unified Scene. I’ve got a very good feeling based on the three tracks we’ve heard so far. Of the three this might be the best.

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