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Hold Steady Talk New Album, Call Their Last Record "Rushed"

By April 10, 2013

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The Hold Steady haven't released a studio album in three years, and judging from a recent interview in Billboard, there may not be one this year, either. But the bar-band rockers definitely have plenty of material for their follow-up to Heaven Is Whenever. Which creates its own challenges.

"It's almost to the point of having almost too much material to choose from," guitarist Tad Kubler said. "I'd really like to have some kind of external force come and say, 'Alright. These songs work well together. Let's focus on these,' because otherwise you could be working on 25 songs and it becomes a little diluted."

You may remember that a new album has been discussed for a while now. In April 2012, frontman Craig Finn revealed that the band members had been working on new tunes since November 2011. But, at least according to Kubler, the Hold Steady are cautious not to repeat what happened on Heaven Is Whenever. "The general consensus may have been that our last record felt like it was maybe rushed a little bit so I know speaking for myself personally, I want to be really careful not to do that -- to be like, 'Oh [expletive], we need to get a record out and go on tour,'" he said. "Going into this, everybody realized that it was going to take as long as it takes."

Part of that process will also include determining what label will put it out. Kubler notes that the band's deal with Vagrant has ended. "We have a lot of options right now as to how we want to approach the next record and [we're] in the process of figuring that out," he said. As someone who didn't think Heaven Is Whenever was a significant step down for this band, I'm hopeful whatever comes next will be even stronger from these guys.

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