Just ahead of embarking on a short, Summer Tour, Brooklyn rock band The Hold Steady unveiled two new songs on their Bandcamp. Using their sturdy formula of rocking melodies, punctuating drums, and interluding piano riffs, The Hold Steady heave released yet another pair of classics. Check out “The Stove and The Toaster” and “Star 18” below.
In “The Stove and The Toaster”, lead singer Craig Finn delivers a tale of nefarious characters and their various plots for revenge. During the chorus he sneers, “Got some new information from the chef and the chauffeur/ They put the stash in the stove, they keep the cash in the toaster/ Down in Las Cruces they don’t play with jokers/ I hope I still know you when this is all over.”
“Star 18”, with a similar ragged rock edge, finds Craig Finn musing over the weirdness of celebrity rock and roll culture. He croons, “Sorry I’m late, I got caught in the mosh/ With this dude who said he used to play with Peter Tosh/ But he never brought it up again once I said, ‘Man I don’t believe you.’”
The Hold Steady recorded “The Stove and the Toaster” and “Star 18” in May at Isokon Studios with producer Josh Kaufman. The tracks will hit all digital streaming services July 20th. For every Bandcamp download, The Hold Steady will donate the proceeds to the K+L Guradian Foundation, “which benefits the family of the late “Jersey” Mike Van Jura, a Pennsylvania rock scene mainstay and prominent Hold Steady supporter”.
“The Stove and The Toaster” follow two previous pairings of THS tracks, last November’s “The Entitlement Crew”/”Snake In The Shower” and this past March’s “Eureka”/”Esther”. So far, there is no word on if these tracks will find themselves on a full-length Hold Steady album.
The Hold Steady Tour will begin July 25th at the White Eagle Hall in Jersey City, New Jersey and go through the end of September, usually in groups of 4-night affairs. So far, The Hold Steady isn’t slated to perform in NYC, but we’re hoping the announcement of another 3-night Brooklyn Bowl residency comes soon.