The Hold Steady Release “Heavy Covenant”

The Hold Steady have dropped "Heavy Covenant," the latest single off the band's forthcoming release Open Door Policy, out February 19, 2021
"Heavy Covenant" by The Hold Steady

The Hold Steady have dropped “Heavy Covenant,” the latest single off the band’s forthcoming release Open Door Policy, available via Positive Jams label via Thirty Tigers on Friday, February 19, 2021. “‘Heavy Covenant’ is a song about travel, technology, and human connection,” says singer Craig Finn. “The song came out of two different music pieces that THS piano/keyboardist Franz Nicolay brought in, and with the help of producer Josh Kaufman, we combined them. It came together quickly, and when our friends Stuart and Jordan came in and added the horns to the chorus it really seemed to bring it together. To us, this song is a great indication of where the band’s sound is at in 2021.”

Open Door Policy was Recorded at The Clubhouse in Rhinebeck, NY with producer Josh Kaufman and engineer D. James Goodwin, the LP marks the second LP by The Hold Steady to feature the band’s current six-piece lineup. Additional performers include Stuart Bogie and Jordan McLean on horns, Cassandra Jenkins and Annie Nero on backup vocals.

The album was very much approached as an album vs. a collection of individual songs, and it feels like our most musically expansive record,” says Finn. “This album was written and almost entirely recorded before the pandemic started, but the songs and stories explore power, wealth, mental health, technology, capitalism, consumerism, and survival – issues which have compounded in 2020.”

The Hold Steady is: Bobby Drake (drums), Craig Finn (vocals, guitar), Tad Kubler (guitar, vocals), Franz Nicolay (keyboards, vocals), Galen Polivka (bass), and Steve Selvidge (guitar, vocals).

(Positive Jams/Thirty Tigers)
Release Date: Friday, February 19, 2021

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

*Digital Only

Pre-order Open Door Policy here


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