The first time around, New Jersey rockers the Early November went out with a bang: 2006's three-disc "The Mother, The Mechanic, and the Path." The ambitious release -- only the group's sophomore album -- came out of a difficult recording process, and the quintet split soon after.
Listen to the Early November's "In Currents":
"We started so young and felt like it got a little too overwhelming," frontman Ace Enders told Billboard.com.
The reunited act is back July 10 with "In Currents," a concise collection Enders says doesn't "bite off more than we could chew." The album, due on Rise Records, was engineered and produced by Enders and recorded in his own Living Room Recording studio. The sound doesn't betray the group's time away, ranging from abrasive, high-energy emo to softer moments such as album opener "A Stain on the Carpet."
"I'm really excited for a couple of the slower ones on the album," Enders said. "Those are my favorite types of songs to play, the ones you can sit there and chill to."
It was a one-off show in Philadelphia last year that encouraged the quintet to give the band another try, and they're back on the road in anticipation of the album release, kicking off with a handful of summer shows that started Saturday (June 30) in Philadelphia. Still, the reunion news hasn't reached all their old fans yet.
"You'd think that it would be easy to hit a button and everyone would know, but still every single day people are finding out," Enders said, adding that the band has embraced social networking sites such as Twitter and Facebook to reconnect. "We're learning how to reach those people more and more."
With a new lease on life, the Early November is taking a more mature approach to their second act.
"I think we're taking it one step at a time," Enders said. "[I] definitely want, from the bottom of my heart, to be in it for the long haul as much as I possibly can… we're seeing how everything goes and [making] sure that we're all enjoying it and not taking it for granted at all."