The Hold Steady’s new album, OPEN DOOR POLICY, debuts this week at #6 on Billboard’s “Top Album Sales” chart. It’s the band’s first top 10 and the highest debut of their career. To celebrate, The Hold Steady will be hosting a free livestream “OPEN DOOR POLICY PARTY” on Twitch via The Relix Channel
. The exclusive one-time-only broadcast will see The Hold Steady performing OPEN DOOR POLICY in its entirety for the first time ever, live from Brooklyn, NY’s Brooklyn Bowl on Thursday, March 4 at 8:30 PM (ET)/5:30 PM (PT). Fans can view the Hold Steady’s “OPEN DOOR POLICY PARTY” on Twitch.tv
or via the Twitch App, available free on IOS and Android devices and consoles including Apple TV, Roku, Amazon Fire Stick, Playstation, Xbox, and Nintendo.
THE HOLD STEADY
OPEN DOOR POLICY RELEASE PARTY
LIVE FROM THE BROOKLYN BOWL
THURSDAY, MARCH 4 – 8:30 PM (ET)/5:30 PM (PT)
This week will also see The Hold Steady performing the 2021 edition of The Weekender, their semi-annual multi-night live event for fans in the United Kingdom and European Union. Traditionally held at sold-out venues in London, this year will see The Weekender livestreaming directly from Brooklyn, NY’s Brooklyn Bowl for two exclusive concerts on Friday, March 5 and Saturday, March 6 at 8:00 PM (GMT)/3:00 PM (ET)/12:00 PM (PT). Tickets are on sale now via FANS.LIVE
, including single-show tickets (£15.00/$20.00) and two-night packages (£27.50/$35.00). In addition, fans purchasing show tickets will be able to buy additional tickets for an exclusive Soundcheck event, set for Saturday, March 6 and priced at £20.00/$25.00.
The Weekender will see The Hold Steady performing two completely different sets featuring classic tracks, fan favorites, and new songs from their new album OPEN DOOR POLICY. Exclusive The Weekender merch
is available now.
The Weekender shows will be available on-demand through Monday, March 15 via FANS.LIVE
THE HOLD STEADY
THE WEEKENDER 2021
LIVE FROM THE BROOKLYN BOWL
FRIDAY, MARCH 5 – 8:00 PM (GMT)/3:00 PM (ET)/12:00 PM (PT)
SATURDAY, MARCH 6 – SOUNDCHECK
SATURDAY, MARCH 6 – 8:00 PM (GMT)/3:00 PM (ET)/12:00 PM (PT)
The Hold Steady’s eighth studio album, OPEN DOOR POLICY is available now on the band’s Positive Jams label via Thirty Tigers in a variety of formats, including standard black vinyl and limited editions of CD and colored vinyl. In addition, an exclusive limited-edition colored vinyl will be available in select independent record stores nationwide.
Last week saw The Hold Steady performing the album’s first single, “Family Farm,” live on NBC’s Late Night with Seth Meyers. “The band barreled through the track, which is a classic blast of Hold Steady,” declared Rolling Stone of the performance, “alternating between driving guitars and twinkling piano, and accented at just the right moments with rich horn fanfare.”
“FAMILY FARM” LIVE ON LATE NIGHT WITH SETH MEYERS
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OPEN DOOR POLICY has been greeted with rave reviews:
“Incredible record. Dynamic. Unexpected.”
“Open Door Policy is their most mature record and one of their darkest, but it also evinces the genuine joy that’s enabled them to endure.”
“Open Door Policy is an addicting and nuanced listen that finds the band tapping into a core essence of their identity while also subtly evolving throughout.”
“Open Door Policy shows a band growing into new life experiences, with a ready eye on mental health and adult drama.”
“Another exhilarating blast of crimes, capers, and melancholic mayhem. That the LP comes some 17 years into the indie institution’s recording career is both a surprise and a delight.
– No Depression
“On their eighth studio album, the Hold Steady expand their horizons…Open Door Policy gives the Hold Steady new heft and variety without undercutting the sharpness of the hooks or singer-guitarist Craig Finn’s heart-wrenching novelistic lyricism.”
“The band’s empathy and affection for the dirtbags yearning for transcendence remains as strong as ever…Much like the Christian imagery that pervades the work, the possibility of resurrection and salvation is always there in Hold Steady’s music.
– AV Club
“The best live band in rock is no longer live, but still holding steady…Open Door Policy features some vintage Hold Steady—tight short stories, desperate characters in search of grace, and giant riffs—but there’s a quieter side to it.”