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New Album “Heaven is Whenever” Available May 3 in the UK and EU / May 4 in the US

February 2, 2010

The Hold Steady recently put the finishing touches on ‘Heaven Is Whenever,’ their new album set for release May 4th on Vagrant Records and May 3rd on Rough Trade in the UK and EU. The album was produced by Dean Baltulonis, who engineered the band’s ‘Almost Killed Me’ and produced ‘Separation Sunday,’ and was recorded at Dreamland Recording Studios in Upstate NY and Wild Arctic Studios in Queens, NY, with mixing also happening at Wild Arctic.

Singer Craig Finn says ’Heaven Is Whenever’ is about “embracing suffering and finding reward in our everyday lives.” Piano and keys take a backseat to guitar on the new record, which also gets production help from guitarist Tad Kubler.

Recorded in several smaller sessions spread out over a long period of time, the songs on ‘Heaven Is Whenever’ received the benefit of being tested on the band’s recent tours. As Finn says this allowed them to “see what was working and what wasn’t. I believe this record benefits from us working at a more deliberate pace.”

The tracklisting for Heaven Is Whenever is:

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

See The Hold Steady perform songs from Heaven Is Whenever and more at the dates below:

April 2nd Ardsley, NY LIFE the place to be
April 3rd New Haven, CT Toad’s Place
April 5th South Burlington, VT Higher Ground
April 6th Northampton, MA Pearl Street
April 7th Albany, NY Linda Norris Auditorium
April 8th Woodstock, NY Bearsville Theater
April 9th Jermyn, PA Eleanor Rigby’s
April 10th Syracuse, NY The Westcott Theater
April 12th Rochester, NY The Club at Water Street Music Hall
April 13th Cleveland, OH Beachland Ballroom
April 14th Pittsburgh, PA Diesel Club Lounge
April 15th Morgantown, WV 123 Pleasant St.
April 16th Harrisburg, PA Appalachian Brewing Company
May 5th Los Angeles, CA El Rey Theatre
May 6th San Francisco, CA The Fillmore
May 29th George, WA Sasquatch
June 12th Newport, Isle of Wight Isle of Wight Festival
June 14th Paris, FR Fleche D’Or
June 21st Amsterdam, NL Melkeg
June 22nd London. UK HMV Forum
Jun 26th Manchester, UK Academy 2
For more information and tickets please visit http://www.theholdsteady.com

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