Album Premiere: Dispatch Re-energizes for 'Circles Around the Sun'

Roots-rock heroes ready first studio outing in over a decade

August 14, 2012 12:00 PM ET
Dispatch, 'Circles Around the Sun'
Dispatch, 'Circles Around the Sun'
Courtesy of Bomber Records/UMG

Click to listen to Dispatch's album 'Circles Around the Sun'

Dispatch have been been away for quite some time, but on Circles Around the Sun, the roots-rockers get re-energized for their first studio full-length in over a decade. The opening title track churns forward with folk-rock force, rowdy energy and an uplifting, pastoral sound, while "Sign of the Times" takes a darker, quieter route with unsettling rhythmic chords and ghost-like vocals. Penultimate track "We Hold a Gun" finds the band exploring a more psychedelic, prog-rock sound, ambling through gentle prairie melodies and slowly building into a hazy climax of overpowering guitar textures before it fades away.

Circles Around the Sun is scheduled for an August 21st release. Dispatch will kick off a North American tour on September 20th in Vancouver. One dollar for each concert ticket sold will benefit Dispatch's charity, Ampifying Education

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