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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.
Thanks for listening. Thanks for understanding. We're really glad that you're here.
The Hold Steady
releases February 19, 2021
The Hold Steady: Bobby Drake, Craig Finn, Tad Kubler, Franz Nicolay, Galen Polivka, Steve Selvidge
Horns: Stuart Bogie & Jordan McLean
Background Vocals: Annie Nero & Cassandra Jenkins
Percussion: Matt Barrick
Produced by Josh Kaufman
Recorded by D. James Goodwin Recorded at the Clubhouse, Rhinebeck NY
Mixed by D. James Goodwin at The Isokon
Additional recording at The Isokon
Mastered by Dave Gardner at Infrasonic
Cover photo by Dave McLaughlin
Back cover photo by Kelly Shee
Sleeve photo by Pete Deevakul
Animal art by Nick Hollomon
Design by Vance Wellenstein
Management: Dave Gottlieb at Death or Glory LLC
US Booking: Larry Webman at Paradigm
Rest of World Booking: Steve Strange & Josh Javor at X-ray Touring
US Publicity: Ken Weinstein at Big Hassle
UK Publicity: Jay Taylor at Prescription PR
Digital Media Management: Brendan Hilliard at Juicebox Industries
Legal: George Regis Esq.
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This is the best album of 2020. I'm glad I have it in digital format, because I would have utterly worn out any physical format.
John's subject matter is always personal, but in this album, he somehow makes the epic personal. He tells the story of the death of the ancient world in this light I've never really considered it in. He makes this random segment of late antiquity somehow unsettlingly relevant to 2020. It's an album of change, of entropy, but also of defiance, of hope. PRESS AN LP <3 lordscrubjay