Dispatch, one of the most successful independent rock bands, today announced they would release Circles Around The Sun, their first studio album in twelve years on August 21st on their own Bomber Records. Produced by Peter Katis (Interpol, Jonsi, The National), Circles Around The Sun is an eclectic all-American rock and roll record that delivers the gutsy storytelling, compelling songwriting and radian harmonies that has earned the band fans throughout countless countries. It was recorded at The Clubhouse (Rhinebeck, NY), Water Music (Hoboken, NJ), and Tarquin Studios (Bridgeport, CT).
Dispatch will perform this summer at Bonnaroo, Hangout and Outside Lands festivals and starting September 20th the band will embark upon the Circles Around The Sun Tour, its most extensive North American tour in over a decade. The list of tour dates can be found below. In an ongoing effort to keep tickets in the hands of the fans, Dispatch is asking its fans to visit www.dispatchmusic.com and register for the ticket presale which launches today, April 16th and will wind down at 5PM EST on April 25th. Then on April 27th, registered fans will get a code enabling them to purchase concert tickets starting on May 1st to any stop on Dispatch’s North American Tour this fall.
Dispatch will be offering live audio downloads of every show on the North American leg of the Circles Around The Sun Tour within 48 hours of the show ending. Every ticket purchased comes with a FREE download of that particular show. Attending fans will be able to redeem the bar code number on their physical ticket for a download of the performance they attended (fans MUST keep their ticket stubs in order to do so). More details of this program, including the web redemption location, to follow.
Dispatch has always been a band that has stood up and rallied its fans behind causes that challenge the status quo. This time out the band will donate $1 from every concert ticket sold on the Circles Around The Sun Tour to its Amplifying Education initiative. Over the last year, Dispatch’s Amplifying Education campaign has engaged over 700 fan volunteers in nearly 4,000 hours of service to improve schools across North American and Europe; collected over 10,000 book donations to support local literacy programs through Better World Books; and raised over $250,000 through a portion of ticket sales, benefit shows, and fan-to-fan outreach at shows to support local education programs like City Year and Teach for America. Dispatch fans are also encouraged to continue bringing book donations to shows this fall to support local literacy programs. For more information visit www.dispatchmusic.com/giving_back.
DISPATCH TOUR DATES*
19th Gulf Shores, AL Hangout Music Festival
9th Manchester, TN Bonnaroo
12th San Francisco, CA Outside Lands Festival
20th Vancouver, BC Commodore Ballroom
21st Seattle, WA Paramount Theatre
22nd Portland, OR Roseland Theatre
26th Los Angeles, CA Palladium Ballroom
28th Broomfield, CO 1st Bank Centre
29th Broomfield, CO 1st Bank Centre
1st Minneapolis, MN Orpheum Theatre
2nd Chicago, IL Aragon Ballroom
3rd Chicago, IL Aragon Ballroom
5th New York, NY Radio City Music Hall
6th Boston, MA Agganis Arena
8th Toronto, ONT Sound Academy
9th Philadelphia, PA Tower Theatre
11th Washington, DC Constitution Hall
12th Atlanta, GA Fox Theatre
* MORE DATES TO BE ANNOUNCED
Dispatch is Chad Stokes, Brad Corrigan, and Pete Francis. After forming in New England in 1996 and through intense word of mouth and fan loyalty, Dispatch went on to become one of the biggest draws on the live music scene, and arguably one of the biggest independent rock bands in History. The band released their debut album in 1996, an acoustic-driven folk-pop affair called Silent Steeples, on their own Bomber Records followed by 1998′s reggae-flavored Bang Bang. In 1999 the band released their third album Four Day Trials. After a brief hiatus during which various members pursued solo endeavors, in 2004 the group organized a free show in Boston on the Esplanade, anticipating perhaps 20,000 people would turn up. The concert became the largest show in independent music event history (documented in the feature film The Last Dispatch). In 2011 the trio decided to record new music, which led to last year’s Dispatch EP and now Circles Around The Sun.