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America, Location 12 Is Out Today

It's finally here - America, Location 12! It's our first album in five years and we're so stoked to share it with you. Play it LOUD in your Camaro or get your headphones on and hit the basement.

We started working on it nearly two years ago. We had about 30+ songs and whittled it down to the 11 that made the record. It’s been a really great journey, and so we’re excited to finally release the birds.

Thanks so much for anticipating the new album with us over the past few months and for spinning the new tunes as we’ve released them. It's a special thing to be in a band for 20 years and have fans that have been us every step of the way. It means more to us than you could ever know. We're so psyched to journey forward with you.

The album is available now wherever music is sold, streamed or downloaded.

"Curse and Crush" Relix Session

The video team at Relix dropped by Chad's house a few weeks ago to film a new song called "Curse and Crush" which will be on America, Location 12.

"Only The Wild Ones" From Chad's House

A little "Only The Wild Ones" acoustic action in Chad's living room. Featuring JR on percussion and Matt Embree on guitar. Shout out to OurVinyl for filming.

A Message From Pete

To our beloved DISPATCH fans:

Pete here. It is a genuine honor and pleasure to be part of the DISPATCH family - alongside Chad and Brad - and to feel your love and support from all the years. There is nothing quite like it.

Last year, I was unable to join the European Tour. And I am realizing now that its likely I will not be able to join Chad and Brad on the road again this year.

Like others you may know, I battle depression. In order to get better, this problem requires my complete focus and every bit of energy I can spare.

Making the decision to take a leave-of-absence from the band has been hard. Yet, the extraordinary compassion, love and patience I feel from our close DISPATCH family… from Chad, Brad, Steve, Dalton, Sybil, and from my wife Katie, has now given me the strength to move ahead and the ability to come to this decision.

In sharing my decision with you publicly for the first time, I feel a much needed sense of relief that will allow me to focus all of my energy on my healing. My entire family continues to offer their unconditional love and support as well.

It is a tricky process to try to live and cope with any mental illness. The suffering and pain can sometimes be intense – and can come and go without warning. Yet the warmth from friends, family and fans has helped me to endure, to persevere – and mostly, to continue to have hope.

So I will be taking some time off from the band now to try some new approaches and learn how to better manage my illness. I am grateful that I can share this personal piece of myself and what I am experiencing with all of you. My hope is that I will also get to share with you some of my successes as I travel what may be a rocky and sometimes uncertain path toward well-being.

While I can’t tour with Chad and Brad right now, the good news is that I was able to work with them to record our latest album! I am SO proud of our work and can’t wait for all of you to hear it.

THANK YOU again for all the LOVE you have already sent my way. It has truly been an awesome journey so far and I will continue every day to look forward to seeing you before too much longer.

Your friend,
Pete

America, Location 12 Summer Tour + New Tunes

And so it begins...a new Dispatch adventure and some new tunes to boot. We've got a new song out today called "Only The Wild Ones" and a summer tour that kicks off June 16th at Red Rocks Amphitheatre. Our friends in Guster will be joining us for most of the shows, and we’ll be playing heaps of new cities for the first time ever! Cedar Rapids, here's looking at you.

Tickets for all shows - except Levitate and Telluride - go on on sale Friday February 24th at 10AM venue local time, but you can get the best seats in the house beginning Monday February 20th at 10AM venue local time with presale code: WILDONES. As an extra bonus for the presale folks, we've chopped $5 off the price of the 250 seats closest to the stage. Get in early, as they're gonna go fast.

We are so excited to hit the road again to play songs, new and old. Beyond the music, it's an opportunity for us to get out in the country, get a sense of how people are doing and learn about what they’re thinking. That's one reason why we're going to so many new places. We'll be bringing along our fellow road dogs, JR and Matt Embree, as well. Matt is from the legendary band RX Bandits, one of the best live bands ever. He’s a wizard on four and six strings. JR and Chad have spent many nights on the road traveling across the US and he'll be helping us round out percussion. Embree and JR got their Dispatch sea legs this past year in Europe and are wonderful souls to be on stage with.

Our songs have always addressed a variety of topics ranging from immigrants to refugees to veterans to indigenous peoples to victims of gun violence. It's going to be interesting to sing some these songs in this charged political climate of our time, but we believe that these concerts provide us all with an opportunity to come together as a community, find our common bonds and share a great night of music and friendship.

So what can we tell you about "Only The Wild Ones?"

We're releasing it first because it reminds us of summer and celebrates the spirit of the journey that we hope to go on with all of you. It's a song that speaks to the beauty of the world that eagerly awaits us and our exploration of it. Chad began writing it when we were in Australia a few years back. He was playing with a guitar that Pete's friend had made and started reminiscing about folks he met in college.

"There was this guy named Trevor Tall Fox that I met during my short stint in Vermont. We bonded over our love for primitive cultures, flinging ourselves down the mountain side, naked skateboarding, running from the cops and train hopping. I left Middlebury after a year and we unfortunately lost touch, but I heard that he changed his name after moving to Costa Rica. After Vermont, I settled in New York City for a few years. I met a tall fellow from Chicago named Charlie and he was on a mission to soak up everything New York had to offer. I was glad to tag along. He was hell bent on reading the New York Times from start to finish everyday and eventually having an interview show like Charlie Rose. He was also an incredible dancer, not an easy feat for someone 6’6”. He was all limbs but he could move like the best of 'em. We'd run up walls and climb street lamps - he had no trouble causing a scene.  This was right around the time when Giuliani outlawed dancing in pubs and bars. So we made it our business to go out and start dance parties (and no one could start a party like Charlie) in all the nearby bars. This song is about those guys, it’s about wild best friends that made anything possible."

We so look forward to spending time with all of you this summer and and can't wait to have you join us on this next Dispatch journey. And don't worry if you're in Europe or on the west coast, you're next.

Your friends,

- Brad, Chad and Pete