Dispatch recently announced their first studio album in 12 years, Circles Around The Sun, set for release on their own Bomber Records on August 21st. The album is the band’s first studio release since Who Are We Waiting For?, released in 2000. After that album, the band took some time off to work on individual projects.
Their first return concert was held at the Hatch Shell in Boston on July 31st, 2004 drawing over 100,000 fans. The performance is believed to be the largest independent music concert ever. After subsequent one-off concerts in New York City and Washington D.C., the band went on a full tour last year that included performances at the Dave Matthews Band Caravan in Randall’s Island, NY.
The band recently premiered their video for the title track of the album on VEVO. Directed by Eric Heimbold, the “Circles Around The Sun” video is dedicated to Larry Perry, a young disabled man who (legend has it) was sent unwillingly into space by NASA in the ’60s. The video features footage of the band and Larry during various point of his life from childhood to adult as well as archived footage from NASA.
“Circles Around The Sun is the legend of our friend Larry Perry, who passed away this past year,” guitarist-vocalist Chad Urmston told Rolling Stone. Whether the legend of Perry’s voyage into space is actually true is still debated amongst conspiracy theorists and his story has been told in How’s Your News, an American television series and feature film that aired on MTV and captivated audiences.
Dispatch will tour the US after Europe in support of ‘Circles Around The Sun kicking off in Seattle on September 21st. The band will stop in EB’s stomping grounds of Philadelphia at the Tower Theater on October 9th. Those who want to hit up that show, make sure to follow on Twitter and Facebook for ticket giveaways and listen live on the radio Saturday nights.