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Celebrating The Hold Steady’s “Separation Sunday”

“Separation Sunday” turns 15

On May 3, 2005, The Hold Steady released their sophomore album “Separation Sunday.” 15 years later, “Separation Sunday” is highly regarded within the indie rock community and jumpstarted the band’s career.

This album, like much of The Hold Steady’s work, features an intricate plot line, dense Biblical references, and more characters than a Game of Thrones episode. Sonically, the band sounds like the spawn of a Springsteen/Replacements lovechild.

And we wouldn’t have it any other way.

This episode, Mark Radlund and Nate Callens celebrate one of their favorite albums, “Separation Sunday,” as it turns 15 years old. Track-by-track, they discuss their favorite lyrics, moments in the song, and dish out a few tidbits. They also make sure to provide you with the number of times Craig Finn name drops a geographic location per track.

Fans of The Hold Steady, sit back and revisit an old friend. New to the band? Put on some headphones, pour yourself a glass, and enjoy this masterpiece.


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Mark is a writer for Super Metal World, as well as an avid supporter of live music, cheesy power ballads, and over-the-top action movies. Send over your questions, comments, and concerns to [email protected] Follow Mark on Twitter and Instagram @MarkRadlund. 

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