Streetlight Manifesto release new album, plan final tour

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Touring in support of their brand new album The Hands That Thieve, Streetlight Manifesto have announced 2013 will mark their last year on the road. The first leg of the band’s “The End Of The Beginning” tour will include a summertime stop in Rhode Island with a show scheduled for Lupo’s Heartbreak Hotel in Providence on Saturday, July 13. Tickets for the show, which will also feature openers Rodeo Ruby Love and Empty Orchestra, are available through eTix for $25.

“We’ve solidified plans to tour our well-traveled asses off for one last year, until the end of 2013, at which time we will be not necessarily be moving on from the band, but changing our approach to what we do with the majority of our time,” explained the band in a lengthy message to fans on their website. “More specifically, we will no longer be touring year round, nor will we be touring much at all anymore. We have decided to step away from the table before we get sick of our favorite meal; we’ve seen enough bands over the years grow old playing the same songs for decades, going through the motions, slowly fading, and more depressingly, continuing on for all the wrong reasons. We’re moving on to preserve what we created, to be able to look back on it proudly, before we find ourselves looking around and realizing that we’ve become what we swore we’d never be.”

The band went on to stress that they are not breaking up, nor do they have plans to do. They still plan to play festivals, occasional one-off shows and “even sporadic short-run tours”. As for making new music, that is also still a possibility. After a contentious relationship with Victory Records, the band “will happily continue to release records, on our own and on our own terms.”

Released last month, The Hands That Thieve is Streetlight Manifesto’s fifth studio effort and follow-up to 2010’s 99 Songs of Revolution: Vol. 1. Lead single “The Three of Us” is streaming below. The band had planned on releasing an acoustic version of the album by frontman Toh Kay called The Hand That Thieves but has since been forced to cancel the release due their ongoing legal dispute with Victory Records.


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