The Hold Steady – “I Hope This Whole Thing Didn’t Frighten You”

The Hold Steady are about to return with Teeth Dreams, their first album since 2010’s Heaven Is Whenever, and now the band has shared “I Hope This Whole Thing Didn’t Frighten You,” the album’s first single. It’s a very big, very produced rock song, a long way from the word-splurge bar-rock of the band’s early days. Craig Finn is still kicking wild-eyed sketch-centric lyrics, but he continues to sound more like a singer and less like a ranter. Talking to Rolling Stone about the new album, Finn says, “We were looking to make a big rock record. Maybe it’s less wild but in some ways that makes it a bigger record.” You can hear that in the song, which is streaming below.

(via Rolling Stone)

Teeth Dreams is out 3/25 on Washington Square.