Blind Pilot haven't put out an album in five years, but that will change on August 12, when they release And Then Like Lions via ATO Records (pre-order). We're premiering the album's newest single "Packed Powder," which is a nice dose of folk rock with lush harmonies, horn arrangements, and more. Here's what frontman Israel Nebeker tells us about the song:

Somewhere in my teenage years my friends and I discovered that we could remove the black powder found in the tame and legal 4th of July fireworks we’d buy at the little stand by the beach, and repack it, yielding some stupidly dangerous and exciting outcomes. The idea took root as metaphor in my young self, trapped in a small town and yearning to see what his life would be: We’re all made of the same stuff, but who knows how we are packed and what we will show as we burn across the black sky of our own time? I still feel that intense, reaching desire, although it’s different now, as I notice the strange interplay of will and fate within the story. We try hard, through our jobs, our people, and our perspectives, to choose what will bring us closer to the ideal we see. But also we are simply stretching forward in our own dark, getting to discover what we are made of as we go.

Check out the lyric video and a live session video (filmed at Bear Creek Studio) below.

Blind Pilot are also touring in support of the album, including two NYC shows: September 20 and 21 at Music Hall of Williamsburg. Tickets for both of those shows are on sale now. All dates are listed below.


Blind Pilot -- 2016 Tour Dates
Aug 04 Doe Bay Festival (August 4-8) Olga, WA
Aug 09 Knitting Factory Boise, ID
Aug 10 Big Sky Brewing Company Missoula, MT*
Aug 13 Snow Park Amphitheater at Deer Valley Resort Park City, UT*
Aug 15 Live at Lagunitas Petaluma, CA
Aug 19 Liberty Theater Astoria, OR
Aug 20 Liberty Theater Astoria, OR
Sep 07 Ogden Theatre Denver, CO
Sep 08 The Waiting Room Lounge Omaha, NE
Sep 09 Thalia Hall Chicago, IL
Sep 10 Fine Line Music Cafe Minneapolis, MN
Sep 11 Majestic Theatre Madison, WI
Sep 13 Mr. Small's Theatre Millvale, PA
Sep 14 Adelaide Hall Toronto, Canada
Sep 15 Cityfolk Festival Ottawa, Canada
Sep 16 Royale Boston, MA
Sep 17 Grand Point North Burlington, VT
Sep 19 Union Transfer Philadelphia, PA
Sep 20 Music Hall of Williamsburg Brooklyn, NY
Sep 21 Music Hall of Williamsburg Brooklyn, NY
Sep 22 Infinity Hall Live Hartford, CT
Sep 23 9:30 Club Washington, DC
Sep 25 Pilgrimage Music & Cultural Festival Franklin, TN
Sep 26 The Orange Peel Asheville, NC
Sep 27 Newport Music Hall Columbus, OH
Sep 28 The Magic Bag Ferndale, MI
Sep 30 The Ready Room St Louis, MO
Oct 01 The Deluxe at Old National Centre Indianapolis, IN
Oct 02 Headliners Music Hall Louisville, KY
Oct 20 Crystal Ballroom Portland, OR
Oct 21 Biltmore Cabaret Vancouver, Canada
Oct 22 Neptune Theatre Seattle, WA
Oct 23 Hi-Fi Music Hall Eugene, OR
Oct 25 Harlow's Restaurant & Nightclub Sacramento, CA
Oct 26 The Fillmore San Francisco, CA
Oct 28 Teragram Ballroom Los Angeles, CA
Oct 29 Belly Up Tavern Solana Beach, CA
Oct 30 Rialto Theatre Tucson, AZ
Nov 01 Crescent Ballroom Phoenix, AZ

* - w/ Brandi Carlile