It’s been a sweaty decade for the Hold Steady. Last week the band released their sixth album in 10 years, which is a whole lot of studio time to work into their already-hyperactive touring schedule. But if ever there was a caffeine-addled rock band, it’s the Hold Steady, who have consistently mixed working-class ethos and groove with thinking-man’s lyrics and themes.
The new album kicks off with a song called “I Hope This Whole Thing Didn’t Frighten You,” which, if you’re familiar with Craig Finn’s songwriting, already bears the band’s wry, verbose style before even arriving on Finn’s lips. And if Finn wasn’t already narrative enough in his approach, the band received a geeky shot in their arm last year, while writing the album, when they recorded a set of lyrics by George R. R. Martin for Game of Thrones.
The Hold Steady will play the Hollow Bar + Kitchen (79 N. Pearl St., Albany) Friday (April 11) at 8 PM. Tickets are $20-$25. Call 426-8550 for more info.