The Hold Steady – “Barely Breathing” (Live In Ardsley)

Maybe we underestimated the power of the stache. After posting “Hurricane J,” Rock Problems,”and “The Weekenders,” seems like even Hold Steady diehards are less than enthused about the forthcoming Heaven Is Whenever. To stay positive: A few of you mentioned “The Weekenders” was the strongest of the three (and not just because it includes “a metal bar”), so maybe the new collection’s moving into an upward arc? The band performed “Barely Breathing” on Friday at Life The Place To Be during their tour kickoff. Success? Or do we get to make mean respirator puns?

Heaven Is Whenever is out 5/4 via Vagrant.