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.