Today over at Stereogum, you can find a stream of the Seattle indie superstars’ “Little Bribes”—a track fans may have heard at shows over the past couple years, but not in this studio-polished incarnation, produced by guitarist Chris Walla. It’s a nice change of pace for the boys, maybe the closest they’ve ever come to a roadhouse jam—though the Hold Steady are not exactly quaking in their bar-band boots—and maybe a good indication of what to expect from The Open Door EP, a five-song collection (four new ones, one Narrow Stairs demo) available online March 31, at merch tables on the band’s upcoming tour starting April 7, and in stores April 14 (rollout!). YouTube is brimming with live acoustic versions of “Bribes,” back when it was called “Casino Blues”—see below:
So what’s the verdict, MMers? Are you feeling this new/not-new track? Stereogum will be posting each of remaining four songs over the next few days, if you’re interested.
Also, apropos of very little, other than the EP origins they share and the fact that both songs make me think of summer (it farking SNOWED this week in New York, kids) here’s one of my favorite songs from the band’s pre-major-label days, “Photobooth”: