The album is due out Feb. 7 on Epic Records and can be pre-ordered on iTunes. A deluxe version of the album is available with five bonus tracks made up of covers of Bruce Springsteen’s “Streets of Philadelphia,” Emmylou Harris’ “Boulder To Birmingham,” Annie Lennox’s “Why,” The Fugees’ “Ready Or Not” and The Yeah Yeah Yeahs’ “Maps.”
Scars & Stories was produced by Brendan O’Brien, who has worked with Springsteen, Pearl Jam and Neil Young.
“On our first record, we didn’t quite trust ourselves yet,” pianist/vocalist Isaac Slade said. “We loosened up on the second album, but there was still some element of restraint. But on this one, we just stepped up to plate and swung as hard as we could.”
Previously announced dates include shows in San Diego (Feb. 16); Reno, Nev. (Feb. 18); Redding, Calif. (Feb. 21); Portland, Ore. (Feb. 22); Boise, Idaho (Feb. 24); Vancouver, British Columbia (Feb. 26) and Seattle (Feb. 28).
The spring tour launches April 11 in Providence, R.I., at Lupo’s Heartbreak Hotel and runs through a May 11 gig in Morrison, Colo., at Red Rocks Amphitheatre.
Stops along the way include NYC’s Radio City Music Hall (April 12); Mashantucket, Conn., at MGM Grand At Foxwoods (April 14); Atlanta’s The Tabernacle (April 25); Dallas at the Palladium Ballroom (April 28); New Orleans at Tipitina’s Uptown (May 1); and St. Louis’ The Pageant (May 8).
Tickets go on sale Friday, Feb. 3.
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