Dispatch reveal plans for new album, tour

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Dispatch will hit the road this autumn in support of their long-awaited album Circles Around The Sun. The Boston-bred rockers will play Agganis Arena on Saturday, October 6. Tickets for the show will go on sale Friday at noon through Ticketmaster for $44.

The trio of Chad Stokes, Pete Heimbold and Brad Corrigan reunited last year for their first major tour in several years and also released a new self-titled EP. Circles Around The Sun, Dispatch’s first full length studio album since 2000’s Who Are We Living For?, will be released on August 21. They will showcase the album this summer at several festival appearances including Bonnaroo, Hangout and Outside Lands. Produced by Peter Katis (Interpol, Jonsi, The National), Circles Around The Sun is being described by the band as an “eclectic all-American rock and roll record”.

“We all bring different influences to the table, whether it be Led Zeppelin, Traffic, Radiohead, or Cat Stevens, and just kind of throw it all together,” said Stokes in a press release. “The harmonies are definitely a focal point. I personally like to tell stories within my songs. All three of us appreciate meaningful lyrics, whether they’re more direct, like in Brad’s songs, or more poetic, like in Pete’s songs.”

Fans who attend any show on the upcoming tour will be able to download audio of that show for free within 48 hours using a bar code on their tickets.

Dispatch will also be donating $1 from every ticket sold to its Amplifying Education initiative. Over the past year, Amplifying Education has utilized over 700 fan volunteers and almost 4,000 hours of service to improve schools in North America and Europe. It has also collected over 10,000 book donations for literacy programs and raised over $250,000 to support programs like City Year and Teach For America. Dispatch encourages fans attending shows on the upcoming tour to bring book donations.

Dispatch performed three shows at the TD Garden in Boston last June. The shows were the band’s first the area since their historic final performance at the Hatch Shell in 2004. The historic free show, which was chronicled in the feature film “The Last Dispatch”, drew a crowd of more than 110,000 people from 25 countries.

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