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Exclusive Premiere: Alien Ant Farm Returns With 'Always And Forever'

Alien Ant Farm
Dimitry Mac

Alien Ant Farm

The last several months have been big on musical comebacks: Garth Brooks and D'Angelo both released albums for the first time in more than a decade, and Sleater-Kinney put out a new record after a hiatus of nine years and change. Joining the list of prominent returning musical acts is the rock band Alien Ant Farm -- today Billboard is exclusively premiering Always And Forever, the group's first full-length since 2006. Listen below.

Alien Ant Farm released their debut -- titled Greatest Hits -- in 1999. They exploded into the popular consciousness with the follow-up, Anthology, which was certified Platinum in the United States and featured a cover of Michael Jackson's "Smooth Criminal" that cracked the top 40 on the Hot 100.

Perhaps because of the long gestation period for Always And Forever, vocalist Dryden Mitchell tells Billboard that "A ton of love was put into this record." The band's creative efforts were also aided by "new friendships." Mitchell says that the band "met a lot of different musicians and producers during various co-writes. Most every song came easily and felt pretty natural... All we hope for is that the fans that have stuck with us through our journey enjoy it, and that we might gain new fans along the way as well."

You can pre-order the Always And Forever physical bundle -- complete with a mug, t-shirt, and coaster -- here, and pre-order the album from iTunes here. The band is planning an album-release show at the famous Whisky A Go Go in Los Angeles on Feb. 24th, the same day Always And Forever hits stores. After that, the group hits the road to co-headline a tour with (Hed) PE -- check out those dates below and on their Facebook page.

?3/26 – Poughkeepsie, NY – The Chance
3/27 – Cambridge, MA – The Middle East 
?3/28 – Duncannon, PA – Tubby's Nightclub 
?3/29 – Baltimore, MD – Fish Head Cantina 
?4/1 – Charleston, SC – Ocean Cowboys 
?4/2 – Fort Pierce, FL – The Inlet 
?4/3 – Ft. Lauderdale, FL – Culture Room
?4/4 – Sanford, FL – West End Live
?4/6 – New Orleans, LA – Southport Hall 
?4/7 – Houston, TX – Scout Bar
?4/8 – Dallas, TX – Trees
?4/9 – San Antonio, TX – 210 Kapones Live
?4/12 – St. Louis, MO – Mad Magician
?4/13 – Omaha, NE – The Waiting Room
?4/15 – Waterloo, IA – Spicoli's
?4/16 – Arlington Heights, IL – Home Bar
?4/17 – Detroit, MI – Token Lounge
?4/18 – Battle Creek, MI – The Music Factory
?4/19 – Geneva On The Lake, OH – The Cove
4/21 – Pittsburgh, PA – The Altar Bar
4/22 – Stanhope, NY – The Stanhope House
4/23 – Amityville, NY – Revolution Bar & Music Hall
4/24 – Philadelphia, PA – The Legendary Dobbs

Official UK Tour Dates:
5/7 – London – KoKo (SOLD OUT)
5/8 – Wolverhampton – Wulfrun Hall
5/9 – Nottingham – Rock City
5/10 – Plymouth – Plymouth University
5/12 – Reading – Sub 89
5/13 – Wrexham – William Aston Hall
5/14 – Bristol – Motions Nightclub
5/15 – Cardiff – Y Plas
5/16 – Manchester – Manchester Academy 2
5/17 – Southampton – Engine Rooms