It’s been nearly four years since The Hold Steady released a new album, 2014’s Teeth Dreams. Since, we’ve seen band leader Craig Finn forge a career as a solo artist, an effort which has culminated some incredible albums such as this year’s We All Want the Same Things. Now, leading up to The Hold Steady’s annual Brooklyn Bowl residency, the band has released two new songs.
As they explain in an email blast to fans, “We recorded these in Brooklyn just this month. We hope to play them at the shows, so we thought we’d share them in case you want to sing along.” The songs, titled “Entitlement Crew” and “A Snake in the Shower“, both respectively fit right in along with The Hold Steady’s signature sound. It wouldn’t be surprising if the anthemic tracks both end up being mainstays in The Hold Steady’s upcoming sets. You can check out “Entitlement Crew” and “A Snake in the Shower”, which are both exclusive to BandCamp for the next week, below.
A-side “Entitlement Crew” is a horn-inflected classic rocker that reminds us of Boys and Girls in America. It’s rife with classic Craig Finn one-liners such as “Here’s the church, here’s the steeple/ I like the party favors, but I hate the party people” and “Tecate landing, tequila takeoff”, a line that is so perfect that we wouldn’t be surprised if a liquor company picks up the slogan within the year. Meanwhile B-side “A Snake In The Shower” finds Craig Finn in a more narratorial mood, touching on current events with unsavory lyrics such as “He said he used to be a pretty huge producer/ He doesn’t seem that huge anymore.”
Both songs will hit the usual streaming services next week, but in the meantime are exclusive to BandCamp, where your purchase benefits the K+L Guardian Foundation. The Hold Steady’s “Massive Nights” residency at Brooklyn Bowl runs from this Wednesday (11/29), through Saturday (12/2). Since the band has taken their unique approach of performing short residencies rather than extensive tours, its become increasingly difficult to see them live. But if you’re free this weekend in New York City, there are still Hold Steady tickets available at secondhand marketplaces such as ours.