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Just after the new year, we headed up to Woodstock to The Isokon studio to record some new songs. We were joined by Producer Josh Kaufman and Engineer D. James Goodwin, who have helped us record everything we've done for the past few years.

It was a highly 产品介绍ive session, we pretty much just set up and cranked through the songs. The songs came together quickly and we were psyched on how they sounded. Overdubs happened back in Brooklyn, with our friends Stuart Bogie and Jordan McLean adding horns and Annie Nero doing some backup vocals.

We thought “Denver Haircut” sounded like the first track on a record. “Blackout Sam” sounded like it should close an album side. In fact, these five songs together sounded like a cool A side of an album. So, after D. James Goodwin mixed the songs, we decided to put them together with some of our favorite songs we'd recorded in the past few years and make it an album. We pondered a track list for a bit, had our friend Dave Gardner master it, and here it is. We call it Thrashing Thru The Passion, which is taken from a line on “You Did Good Kid.”

I've remarked for a while now that this six-piece lineup of THS is the best we've ever had. It's not really even negotiable. And fifteen years in, I believe that we are making some of our very best music. We've come to a place that feels both fun and vital. When I listen to these songs, I feel a sense of joyfulness – I hear friendship, community, positivity and a love of rock and roll music. This band has changed all of our lives, and it continues to make changes. Good ones.

A lot of things have changed since we started in 2003. We've changed the way we approach touring, opting for multi show weekends in bigger cities rather than the skullduggery of month long slogs. This is more realistic for where we are at now, and we've also found it to make the band much more musical. More of our time together is spent playing and performing music than setting up and taking down gear, driving it to the next place, setting it up again. Also, these runs of shows have reinforced what an amazing community exists around this band, and how it keeps growing. All in all, making this change to the way we approach shows has given a new life to the band.

We've also made changes in how we release music. In late 2017, we dropped “Entitlement Crew” and “A Snake in the Shower” as a surprise before our second annual Massive Nights run at the Brooklyn Bowl. We made it available on Bandcamp, with a suggested donation that raised money for a charity. We've repeated that a number of times now, dropping these digital singles just before a run of shows. It's been fun to release music this way, it feels almost like a new episode of a serial. It also allowed us to escape some of the promotional obligations that come with releasing a full LP. In short, it keeps things exciting and fresh.

This time, with Thrashing Thru The Passion, we have released an album with five new songs and five that have been previously released digitally. That felt right this time. We can't say what we will do next time, but with the recording industry where it is in 2019, it feels wide open. We will continue to take the advice Paul Stanley offered on the classic Kiss song, “Room Service,” and do what we feel.

We are very proud to present Thrashing Thru The Passion. We are lucky and honored to have such a great community around this band, and we appreciate you being a part of it.

Stay Positive.


(written by cf 06.04.19)

Today is another of our Unified Fridays on @Bandcamp. Portions of the proceeds for each sale go to the venue employees fund where each show took place and to @nivassoc. The newest show is from The Legendary @HorseshoeTavern on September 15, 2018! It was another great night at the Horseshoe, a very special place in THS world. This club always brings out incredible vibes - great people, a cozy stage, audience up close. etc. This was a Saturday night set, and the finale of the weekend. We brought out a lot of our classic jams but also some early-ish plays of "Star 18" and "T-Shirt Tux". Hearing this makes us very disappointed that we won’t be in Toronto this year, but already looking forward to our return to the Horseshoe Tavern and all of its glory. Link to get the show and to donate directly is in our bio. Thanks for listening, thanks for understanding. Stay positive!
Hey Everyone, It has been a long and unique Spring/Autumn in 2020. It feels like a lifetime since we played our most recent shows in London in March. As 2020 continues to be unprecedented territory, The Hold Steady and @destroyalllines have made the decision to reschedule the updated Boys And Girls Down Under Weekend Celebration in Melbourne from November 2020 to the end of May 2021. MELBOURNE / @thecroxtonbandroom - Friday, May 28 & Saturday, May 29, 2021 MELBOURNE / @cornerhotel - Sunday, May 30, 2021 As May was the original choice for all before COVID-19, we’re hopeful the world will be back to spinning properly on its axis in just under a year’s time. That will mean The Hold Steady’s visit will take on a little extra joy as May 2021 will be our first time back on Australian soil in 10 years. We look forward to seeing you at the Croxton and Corner Hotel! Tickets available at theholdsteady.net All existing tickets for the originally scheduled Melbourne shows remain valid, no action required. If you cannot make the new dates, refunds will be available from the point of purchase. Tickets available at theholdsteady.net.
Two guitars, twice the birthdays. Happy birthday to both @steveselvidge and @tadkubler, both born on the exact same day! Koob is older by a few hours! 🎸🛹🔨 📷: @lda_music
Hi all: We’re all really bummed that we’ve had to postpone so many shows this year. We had already printed up the poster for the First Ave. 50th Birthday celebration that had been scheduled for April, and we’ve been trying to decide what to do with the posters. It was beyond upsetting to see the killing of George Floyd happen in Minneapolis, as well as the other recent killings of BIPOC including Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, and Rayshard Brooks. We want to express our support for Black Lives Matter and the movement for social justice in this country. These challenges are massive, urgent, and incredibly important. Beginning Friday, June 19, The Hold Steady will be selling the very limited edition First Ave. show poster exclusively at the link in our bio. As it is June 19, ALL proceeds from the poster will be donated to @NAACP and @NIVAassoc. The Hold Steady will also be donating directly to each of these organizations. The Hold Steady has always had a very special relationship with the Twin Cities and this poster will be a true collector’s item. The First Ave poster for the shows next year will have a new look and this will be from the show that never happened. The Pandemic Poster. The production run was extremely limited, so scoop it up and support these excellent causes. Link in bio. Stay Positive. Poster by @aestheticapparatus
Hey Everyone - It has been a long and unique Spring in 2020. It feels like a lifetime ago since early March when we were able to all be together at The Weekender in London. As this is all unprecedented territory, we’ve been working with promoters for all of our 2020 shows to determine what’s next. Happily, we’re able to update you now on the revised plans. All previously announced North America 2020 dates have now been moved to 2021. This includes the First Ave. 50th Anniversary celebration in Minneapolis and the Constructive Summer weekends scheduled for Nashville/Atlanta, Denver, Los Angeles and Toronto. Friday, 5/21 - Minneapolis / First Avenue Saturday, 5/22 - Minneapolis / 7th Street Entry (2 shows) Friday, 6/4 - Atlanta / Terminal West Saturday, 6/5 - Nashville / Brooklyn Bowl **NOTE Atlanta is now first, Nashville second - Thursday, 6/17 - Denver / Bluebird Theatre Friday, 6/18 - Denver / Bluebird Theatre Saturday, 6/19 - Denver / Bluebird Theatre Thursday, 9/9 - Los Angeles / Lodge Room Friday, 9/10 - Los Angeles / Lodge Room Saturday, 9/11 - Los Angeles / Lodge Room - Wednesday, 9/15 - Toronto / Horseshoe Tavern Thursday, 9/16 - Toronto / Horseshoe Tavern Friday, 9/17 - Toronto / Horseshoe Tavern Saturday, 9/18 - Toronto / Horseshoe Tavern MPLS, LA, Toronto -- Original tickets will be honored for the new dates. Refunds will be issued to ticket holders who cannot attend the rescheduled dates. So…..HOLD ON TO THOSE TICKETS! ATL, Nash, DEN -- Original tickets will be honored for the new dates. However, Refund requests are limited to the first 30 days after the rescheduled dates have been announced. So, hold on to those tickets. If there are doubts for any show, get the refund and repurchase when you know. Melbourne - We will be moving the November weekend to 2021, please be patient as we confirm final details. Any questions, contact the promoter/venue/ticket provider directly. Massive Nights at Brooklyn Bowl in NY is still up in the air for this year. If we all can’t be there at the Bowl the week after Thanksgiving, we are brainstorming other ideas and we will keep you updated. Dates in bio!

Management/Non-booking inquires
Death or Glory, LLC:

North American Booking
Larry Webman at Paradigm: lwebman@paradigmagency.com

Ken Weinstein at Big Hassle: weinstein@bighassle.com

UK/European Booking
Josh Javor at X-ray Touring: josh@xraytouring.com

UK/European Press
Jay Taylor at Prescription PR: jay@prescriptionpr.co.uk

Stay positive.
Stay positive.
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