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On March 25, Brooklyn rock quintet (with Minnesota ties) the Hold Steady will release their sixth proper studio album, Teeth Dreams, on Washington Square. Ten years removed from their 2004 debut, Almost Killed Me, the band's newest effort fits rather comfortably alongside the rest of their catalog. The same sketched-out, streetwise hoods show up in the lyrics, celebrating the subtle beauty and not-so-subtle tragedy that everyday life has to offer.
The most glaring difference with Teeth Dreams, however, is the beefed-up production value. The band recorded with Nick Raskulinecz -- known for producing albums for Rush, Foo Fighters, and Danzig, to name a few -- and his imprint cannot be understated. The swirling guitar riffs shine and pop as if they were made to bounce off the walls of a jam-packed arena, and singer Craig Finn's neurotic hiss is as fierce as ever -- the delay tacked onto his vocals, along with his noticeably improved singing chops, add layers of depth to the songs.
Gimme Noise caught up with guitarist Tad Kubler to discuss the new album, and what it's like playing together for a full decade.More »