Bad Books, a collaboration between Kevin Devine and Manchester Orchestra will release their sophomore album II on October 9th. Today Triple Crown and Favorite Gentleman Records launch a physical pre-order for the album in conjunction with the debut of the latest single off the album, "It Never Stops" [below]. This October Bad Books will hit the road for tour dates across the United States. See below for complete list of dates.
Bad Books are thrilled with the early enthusiasm for II and the lead single "Forest Whitaker," which bounded to the #2 spot on the Commercial Specialty Radio and enjoys heavy play on the Sirius "Alt Nation" channel. Last week they launched the music video for the single, composed of a highlight reel of legendary actor Forest Whitaker's extensive career.
II was recorded at Favorite Gentlemen Studios in Atlanta, GA and was produced by Devine, Manchester Orchestra's lead singer Andy Hull, and Bad Books/Manchester Orchestra guitarist Robert McDowell. Rob Schnapf, well known for his work on Elliott Smith's seminal recordings XO and Either/Or, lent his talent to mixing the album. II expands upon the bands well received self-titled debut, which won praise for the unique "union of opposites" in Hull and Devine's songwriting explored on NPR's All Things Considered. Alternative Press were impressed with the dynamic too, writing that "the thing both Hull and Devine are famous for is the ability to write great songs," going on to say that "when the two styles meet, it's especially rewarding."
OCTOBER Tour Dates:
06 - Seattle, WA - Neumos
07 - Portland, OR - Doug Fir Lounge
09 - San Francisco, CA - Bottom Of The Hill
10 - Los Angeles, CA - Troubadour
11 - San Diego, CA - The Irenic
12 - Phoenix, AZ - Crescent Ballroom
14 - Austin, TX - Austin City Limits Music Festival
16 - New Orleans, LA - Parish @ House of Blues
17 - Birmingham, AL - Zydeco
18 - Nashville, TN - Mercy Lounge
19 - Atlanta, GA - Masquerade - Hell Stage