When The Wonder Years announced their new album Sister Cities, I mentioned that it was the biggest departure from their pop punk roots yet, though the lead single/title track was the album's most similar song to TWY's early material. Now they've released a second single, "Pyramids of Salt," and this one's way more indicative of the new direction. Much of the song is minimal and atmospheric, but it's also got some crushingly loud alt-rock parts that offer up a similar type of catharsis to their last couple albums. Singer Dan Campbell told Billboard, "'Pyramids of Salt' is a song about knowing there's nothing you can do. It centers around the universal feeling of being powerless, of knowing that no matter how much you love someone, that a day is going to come where you can't heal them, where you can't keep them safe." Listen below.

As mentioned, the band is touring North America with Tigers Jaw, Tiny Moving Parts and Worriers, which is an awesome bill all around. The tour includes shows at NYC's Playstation Theater on May 5 (tickets) and Asbury Park's House of Independents on May 6 (tickets).

Sister Cities comes out April 6 via Hopeless.

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