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Hey everyone!

We're starting off 2021 with a brand new album!

OPEN DOOR POLICY is our 8th studio album and will be released on February 19, 2021 via our own label, Positive Jams, in association with Thirty Tigers.

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.

We were pretty much done with the record by the time we played a few of the new songs in London the first week of March 2020, as the unease of the pandemic was setting in. Not long after we got back from London, NYC shut down and we began to see our 2020 shows postponed. Over the next months, it became obvious that timing this album's release to specific weekend celebrations wouldn't be a possibility in the near future. But we were still excited to share it.

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.


The Feelers
Family Farm
Unpleasant Breakfast
Heavy Covenant
The Prior Procedure
Me & Magdalena
Hanover Camera
Parade Days*

*Digital Only

You can pre-order OPEN DOOR POLICY here. It's available to purchase on limited edition colored vinyl (blue!), standard vinyl, and limited edition CD. You will receive an instant grat of "Family Farm" with your purchase and digital download of the full album on release date, February 19, 2021. Of course we have lots of other new OPEN DOOR POLICY goodies to order with the music at The Hold Steady online shops: t-shirts, infant clothing, winter hats and anything you may have missed. Big thanks to Dave McLaughlin for his photo on the album cover.

Thanks for listening. Thanks for understanding. We're really glad that you're here.

Stay Positive!

The Hold Steady

Listen to another song from Open Door Policy called “Heavy Covenant” wherever you listen to music! It’s a song about travel, technology, and human connection. Link in our bio.
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Now that we’ve recovered from the weekend, we wanted to check in to say thank you. The Massive Nights 2020 shows this year were incredibly special. It’s obviously not a normal year, and we weren’t always convinced these shows would happen at all. But with the help of the amazing community around this band, they happened and were absolutely life affirming. It all was uncharted territory. We hadn’t played since London in March, and we all had some nerves. But once we got onstage Thursday and started “Positive Jam”, something started happening. We looked off the stage, beyond an empty room, to the monitors in the back of the club, and saw that we weren’t alone. We were joined by people in their living rooms, kitchens, basements, man caves, garages, backyards. We saw friends and toddlers and families and and dogs and cats (and, ahem, turtles) right there with us. People held up signs with their locations- literally all over the world. We saw dancing. We saw singing. We saw joy. Simply put, the club didn’t feel empty. It felt alive. It felt together. And it felt that way all weekend. There were a lot of people that helped make this happen, but we especially want to thank @brooklynbowl for being amazing partners and helping us pull this off. They have been a huge part of the THS story for the past five years and we are lucky to have such commitment from such a great crew. This would not have happened without them. Of course, we cannot wait until we get to do this again in person. When we do, it will be loud, joyous, and blissful. But in this awful and painful year, this was a salve. It was a reminder of what we’ve lost, sure, but also of what we have. And what we have is incredible. Thank you for joining us and making these nights Massive. Stay Positive. We Are All. The Hold Steady Photo: @parshallytheredotcom
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