I think that we can all agree that there is nothing better than a feel-good comeback story. Arguably one of the best ones of the last few years in the music world has been the return of jam-pop act Dispatch. The Boston-based trio, who were a staple of the late-nineties jam circuit, have had some remarkable, career-defining moments over the last decade, all while they had essentially been a non-touring or recording band. After four studio albums, and countless miles spent on the road, the band went on an indefinite hiatus in 2002, reunited for a “farewell” show a couple of years later at Hatch Shell in their hometown, that reportedly attracted a staggering 166,000 people, and then came together again in 2007 for a series of benefit concerts at Madison Square Garden that all sold out within 24 hours of going on sale.
It wouldn’t be until roughly three years later, in November of 2010, that fans would finally get the news that they had been waiting for, when Dispatch’s website updated with a semi-cryptic countdown clock and the messaging that said “Dispatch 2011″. This time around it wasn’t for a one-off reunion show, but rather a nine-city, 13-date tour, their first since 2002, which eventually led to the band heading into the studio to record new material together. On the heels of last year’s Peter Katis (The National, Trey Anastasio) produced self-titled, six-song EP, Dispatch will release Circles Around The Sun on August 21, having teamed with Katis once again, for their first full-length album in over a decade.
Late last week the band dropped the music video for the album’s title track, which is dedicated to the late Larry Perry, who was physically disabled and according to legend was unwillingly sent into space by NASA in the 1960′s. Let’s check it out…
Dispatch, who played Outside Lands this past weekend, will now head overseas for a series of festival appearances and will return to the states this fall for a lengthy North American tour.