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Genre > Rock > Alt & Grunge
Teeth DreamsIn 2014, the Hold Steady release their sixth LP Teeth Dreams, nearly four years after the Brooklyn band's previous full-length album, 2010ís Heaven Is Whenever. It's the longest gap between albums in the rock band's decade-plus career. "[The recording process] may have dragged out a bit this time," singer Craig Finn tells Rolling Stone. "But I think it's all for the best."
Teeth Dreams was recorded over the past two years in Brooklyn and Franklin, Tenn. and marks a new beginning for the Hold Steady: itís their first album recorded with longtime touring guitarist Steve Selvidge, who joined the band on the road following the 2010 departure of multi-instrumentalist Franz Nicolay. "It was exciting again," says guitarist Tad Kubler. "There was a newness to this album that I hadnít felt in awhile."
The new tracks find the band leaning heavy on distortion and snaking guitar licks Ė Finnís favorite of the batch is "On With the Business," a pummeling blast of electric guitar and vocal delay that finds the notoriously sharp-eyed vocalist appraising a city heavy on "weak handshakes" and "beautiful kitchens." On "The Ambassador," one of the album's rare moments of serenity, Finnís details a temporary holding cell of a shack-up in Michigan with "hot and glistening nights" and halls that "smelled like burning hair." And the band's first single, "I Hope This Whole Thing Didn't Frighten You" (streaming below) is a barreling Foo Fighters-style melodic rocker, with rapid-fire vocals spilling from Finn as drummer Bobby Drake swings beneath.
He says the band has drummed up their biggest-sounding, most rock-oriented album to date. "We were looking to make a big rock record," he admits. "Maybe it's less wild but in some ways that makes it a bigger record.Ē
Dan Hyman (Rolling Stone)1. I Hope This Whole Thing Didn't Frighten You
3. The Only Thing
4. The Ambassador
5. On With The Business
6. Big Cig
7. Wait Awhile
8. Runner's High
9. Almost Everything
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Alternative rock first emerged in Britain in the late 70s and early 80s, but it didn’t really hit its stride until the 90s with the arrival of bands like the Red Hot Chili Peppers and
Alternative rock first emerged in Britain in the late 70s and early 80s, but it didn’t really hit its stride until the 90s with the arrival of bands like the Red Hot Chili Peppers and Jane’s Addiction. That was also right around the time that Nirvana and Pearl Jam fueled the grunge rock explosion.
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