The past week or so has brought lots of Caspian news, which we were thrilled about given that aside from some shows here and there, it’s been a while since we’d heard from the instrumental post-rockers. According to their Facebook page, the Massholes spent much of April through June not playing, but rebounded nicely by announcing that they’d signed with Triple Crown Records and would release their third full-length (and first since 2009’s Tertia) this fall. Check out a preview of Waking Season below.

Sure the band’s records great, but we also witnessed their complete mastery of the live arena back in February. So if you haven’t checked out Caspian before, now is a perfect time seeing as they’ve made their first and only live album—recorded at the Old South Church in Boston in 2010 to benefit Amirah, a non-profit dedicated to providing whole-person care for victims of human sexual trafficking—available as a FREE download (which you can get by scrolling down here and providing your email and zip, or you can purchase a physical copy here). Be sure to check out closer “Sycamore”, which triumphantly ended the NYC show we saw with an unbelievable drum-circle of sorts…which might start to make sense if you listen to it, but it makes even more if you ever happen to see it yourself.

Speaking of which, the group also just announced a boatload of upcoming tour dates, so your opportunity to check them out first-hand is likely coming up soon if you live near any of the cities below.

Caspian tour dates:

09/13 Minneapolis, MN Varsity Theater
09/14 Milwaukee, WI The Rave
09/16 Iowa City, IA Blue Moose Tap House
09/17 Indianapolis, IN The Vogue
09/18 Grand Rapids, MI The Intersection
09/19 Cleveland Heights, OH Grog Shop
09/20 Rochester, NY Water Street Music Hall
09/21 Pittsburgh, PA Stage AE
09/23 Sayreville, NJ Starland Ballroom
09/25 Silver Spring, MD The Fillmore
09/26 Clifton Park, NY Upstate Concert Hall
09/27 Boston, MA Royale Nightclub
09/28 Philadelphia, PA Electric Factory
09/29 New York, NY Best Buy Theater
09/30 Richmond, VA The National
10/01 Raleigh, NC Lincoln Theatre
10/16 Le Havre, France Mac Daid’s
10/17 Nantes, France Le Ferrailleur
10/18 Bordeaux, France I-Boat
10/23 Lyon, France Le Sonic
10/24 Colmar, France Le Grillen
10/26 Wil, Switzerland Gare De Lion
10/27 Laufen, Switzerland Biomill
10/28 Bern, Switzerland Neubrückstrasse
11/03 Ljubljana, Slovenia Channel Zero
11/04 Zagreb, Croatia Klub Attack
11/05 Vienna, Austria Chelsea / Lerchenfleder
11/07 Budapest, Hungary Dürer Kert
11/08 Prague, Czech Republic Club Stahov
11/09 Berlin, Germany Bi Nuu
11/10 Oelsnitz/Erzgebirge, Germany JH Ragga
11/11 Dresden, Germany Beatpol
11/12 Hamburg, Germany Kulturhaus III&70
11/13 Aarhus, Denmark Radar
11/14 Gothenburg, Sweden Fängelset
11/15 Osnabrück, Germany Kleine Freiheit
11/16 Oberhausen, Germany Druckluft
11/17 Ludwigshafen, Germany Das Haus
11/18 Wetzlar, Germany Franzis
11/19 Leipzig, Germany Conne Island
11/20 München, Germany Kranhalle