Kevin Devine and Manchester Orchestra frontman Andy Hull have joined forces once again for a second Bad Books album. Fans of both Devine and Manchester Orchestra jumped aboard for the duo’s 2010 self-titled debut, which won the praises of NPR’s All Things Considered and Alternative Press. Their new album II will be released on October 9 via Triple Crown and Favorite Gentleman Records.
This time around, Bad Books are in position to earn even more acclaim. The lead single “Forest Whitaker” has already lit up Sirius’ “Alt Nation” airwaves and stormed the Commercial Specialty Radio charts all the way to #2. Now, you can watch the song’s brand new video, which, incidentally, is a collection of clips from films starring the song’s namesake (Fast Times at Ridgemont High, The Crying Game, Bird, Ghost Dog: The Way of the Samurai, The Last King of Scotland, and, yes, even Bloodsport). As if the soundtrack of “Forest Whitaker” wasn’t great enough in its own right, the Academy Award-winning actor’s screen presence makes the video positively mesmerizing.
Bad Books – “Forest Whitaker”
In addition to all of that Forest Whitaker goodness, Bad Books have unveiled the second single “It Never Stops,” which you can stream below. If you like what you hear, be sure to pre-order II.
The first time around, Bad Books showcased two of the stronger songwriters in rock today, each with his own distinct sound, complimenting one another to great effect. With II, bet on Devine and Hull sticking to that winning formula and reaching even deeper to deliver one of the finer rock albums of the year.
Bad Books – “It Never Stops”
Bad Books II Track Listing:
1. The After Party
2. No Reward
3. Forest Whitaker
4. It Never Stops
6. Friendly Advice
7. No Sides
8. Petit Mort
10. Lost Creek
11. Ambivalent Peaks
Bad Books Fall Tour Dates:
October 6, 2012 @ Neumos Seattle, WA
October 7, 2012 @ Doug Fir Lounge Portland, OR
October 9, 2012 @ Bottom of the Hill San Francisco, CA
October 10, 2012 @ Troubadour W Hollywood, CA
October 11, 2012 @ The Irenic San Diego, CA
October 12, 2012 @ The Crescent Ballroom Phoenix, AZ
October 16, 2012 @ The Parish @ House of Blues New Orleans, LA
October 17, 2012 @ Zydeco Birmingham, AL
October 18, 2012 @ Mercy Lounge Nashville, TN
October 19, 2012 @ The Masquerade – Hell Stage Atlanta, GA
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