With the reemergence of Blake Schwarzenbach I was hoping the Hold Steady’s nostalgic Stay Positive title track would offer some hardcore cameos. No dice. Instead, the Jake Davis video treatment, clearly shot in NYC, finds the band members rocking out on wheat-paste, plywood, bricks, and concrete. It goes well with the song’s sloganeering, especially when resident mustache wearer and World/Inferno Friendship Society member Franz Nicolay offers us a dozen salty salutes.
Stay Positive is out via Vagrant/Rough Trade.