"In 2009, The Hold Steady began writing Heaven Is Whenever while touring in support of their previous album, Stay Positive. According to guitarist Tad Kubler, the band 'turned the back lounge of the tour bus into a make shift vocal booth where we could also overdub guitars. These songs gradually became the demos for the new record, and we continued writing. It allowed us to work at a pace that was dictated almost solely by our creative output. We just hit record whenever we thought we had something worth putting down.' The band subsequently entered the studio with Dean Baltulonis, producer of the band's debut album, Almost Killed Me, and its follow-up Separation Sunday. Vocalist and guitarist Craig Finn states that Baltulonis is 'a real close friend, so it was kind of a more relaxed, less formal way of making a record. We kind of went in for shorter sessions over a longer period of time, and we recorded a lot. There’s a fair amount of songs that didn’t make the record, and that’s always a heartbreaking thing, choosing between your favorite children'." - Vagrant Records
- red +orange marble colored double vinyl pressing
- indie exclusive deluxe edition
- LP1 contains full original album tracklist, LP2 contains nine bonus tracks
- remastered sound
- printed inner sleeves w/ extensive liner notes by Patterson Hood of Drive-By Truckers
- limited edition
- music label: Vagrant Records 2020
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