Heaven Is Whenever, the new album from anthemic rock heroes the Hold Steady, is making its way to the internet, one song at a time. Three songs from the record have are already out there in the world: “Hurricane J”, “Rock Problems”, and “The Weekenders”. And now you can hear the fourth, “Barely Breathing”. It features both a clarinet solo and a Craig Finn anecdote about Youth of Today frontman Ray Cappo that should make any and all ex-hardcore kids giggle with recognition. Stream it over on Stereogum.
The album drops May 3 in Europe via Rough Trade and May 4 in North America via Vagrant. And on May 13, be sure to set your DVR to record “The Colbert Report”, as the Hold Steady are set to perform and be interviewed on the show.