The Dear Hunter Continues Epic 'Acts' Album Series, Premieres 'Waves': Exclusive

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The Dear Hunter

Back in 2006, Casey Crescenzo broke from the post-hardcore band Receiving End of Sirens and started telling a sprawling six-part epic through song as The Dear Hunter. It's been over half a decade since Act III, and we're finally getting Act IV this September. In the meantime, The Dear Hunter is premiering a brand new song off the new album.

Introducing "Waves," a majestic, lushly produced slab of orchestral rock music:

"With writing 'Waves', it was an example of the eerie periodic parallels with my life that occur when writing this fictional story," Crescenzo tells Billboard. "At the surface, its somewhat of a grand middle finger to love, but at its heart, the song is truly about growing and learning from those experiences that seem so earth shattering in the moment."

The fictional story he speaks of is the one he weaved across the Dear Hunter's first three albums, which picks up on Act IV: Rebirth In Reprise, out Sept. 4 on Cave & Canary Goods/Equal Vision Records. It chronicles the life of a boy born at the start of the 20th century; beyond that, you'll really just have to dig into the back catalog. Casey spoke on how this particular song fits into the narrative.

"In relation to the story, the song reflects on a very specific moment in time -- but beyond the concept, in relation to my life, this song embodies that blissful ignorance you need to navigate the throws of modern romance, keeping your sights set on bright futures, disregarding the choppy currents and squalls."

Pre-orders for the album are available here.

And here are the Dear Hunter's upcoming tour dates:

Aug. 19 - Milan, Italy - Circolo Magnolia
Aug. 20 - Vienna, Austria - B72
Aug. 21 - Munich, Germany - Strom
Aug. 22 - Hasselt, Belgium - Pukkelpop Festival
Aug. 23 - Cologne, Germany  - Gebaude 9
Aug. 24 - Berlin, Germany - Magnet
Aug. 25 - Hamburg, Germany - Molotow
Aug. 27 - Brighton, United Kingdom - Concorde
Aug. 28 - Nottingham, United Kingdom - Bodega Social
Aug. 29 - Newcastle, United Kingdom - Think Tank
Aug. 30 - Glasgow, United Kingdom - King Tuts
Sept. 1 - Cardiff, United Kingdom - Clwb Ifor Bach
Sept. 2 - Southampton, United Kingdom - Joiners
Sept. 3 - Birmingham, United Kingdom - The Rainbow Cellar
Sept. 4 - London, United Kingdom - Hoxton Square Bar & Kitchen
Sept. 11 - Akron, OH - Musica^
Sept. 12 - Chicago, IL - Riot Fest
Sept. 13 - Minneapolis, MN - Triple Rock Social Club
Sept. 15 - Ferndale, MI - The Loving Touch
Sept. 16 - St. Louis, MO - The Ready Room
Sept. 18 - Lawrence, KS - Granada Theatr
Sept. 19 - Denver, CO - Marquis Theatre
Sept. 22 - Seattle, WA - The Crocodile
Sept. 23 - Portland, OR - Doug Fir Lounge
Sept. 25 - Orangevale, CA - The Boardwalk
Sept. 26 - San Francisco, CA - Slim's
Sept. 27 - Fresno, CA - Strummer's
Sept. 29 - West Hollywood, CA - The Roxy Theatre
Oct. 1 - Santa Ana, CA - The Observatory
Oct. 2 - San Diego, CA - The Irenic
Oct. 3 - Phoenix, AZ - The Crescent Ballroom
Oct. 6 - Austin, TX - The Parish
Oct. 7 - Dallas, TX - Gas Monkey Bar N' Grill
Oct. 9 - Nashville, TN - Exit/In
Oct. 10 - Atlanta, GA - Vinyl
Oct. 11 - Newport, KY - Thompson Home
Oct. 13 - Washington, DC - Rock and Roll Hotel
Oct. 15 - Philadelphia, PA - Union Transfer
Oct. 16 - Asbury Park, NJ - The Stone Pony
Oct. 17 - Boston, MA - The Royale
Oct. 21 - New York, NY - Irving Plaza