Norma Jean announce Polar Similar

Norma Jean
Norma Jean

Norma Jean have announced that their latest album will be called Polar Similar.

It’ll launch on September 9 – and the band have released lead track 1,000,000 Watts. It can be heard below.

Vocalist and guitarist Cory Brandan Putman tells NPR: “We worked really hard to match the emotion of these songs to the content behind them, and tried to conjure a specific feeling with each track.

“The record as a whole deals with some dark themes, so this is an example of what naturally came out of our collaboration.

“I think 1,000,000 Watts is a great representation of some of the bold risks we took throughout the album. It’s amazing what you will create when you put yourself in the mindset of, ‘I have nothing to lose.’”

A full album tracklist will be issued in due course.

Norma Jean are currently on tour across Europe.

Norma Jean 2016 tour dates

Jun 17: Dessel Festivalpark Stenehei, Belgium
Jun 18: Stasbourg La Laiterie, France
Jun 19: Montbeliard Atelier Des Moles, France
Jun 20: Puget Sur Argens Le Rats, France
Jun 21: Villeurbanne Centre Culturel Oecumenique, France
Jun 23: Copenhagen Refshaleon, Denmark
Jun 27: Amsterdam Q Factory, Netherlands
Jun 28: Cologne MTC Club, Germany
Jun 29: Hamburg Hafenklang, Germany
Jul 01: Roitzschjora With Full Force Fest, Germany
Jul 02: Prague Mystic SK8 Cup, Czech Republic
Jul 03: Parma Circolo, Italy
Jul 05: Nantes Le Ferrailleur, France
Jul 07: Viveiro Resurrection Fest, Spain
Sep 24: Alberton Krankd Up Festival, South Africa

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