The Hold Steady’s Heaven in Whenever is set for release this week, and it’s the band’s first release since charismatic keyboard player Franz Nicolay left the band. The group offered a chance to sample the Nicolay-less lineup on Friday (April 30), when they performed “The Weekenders” on David Letterman’s show.
The difference in sound is barely noticeable here—Craig Finn continues to offer up thoughtful lyrics, and the guitars ebb and flow just like they have on past Hold Steady records. In short, anyone who goes to see the band in support of Heaven is Whenever is pretty much guaranteed of a good time.
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