After disbanding in 2006 and re-grouping in 2015 for a couple of shows, Acceptance has officially confirmed the release of their much-anticipated follow-up to 2005’s Phantoms. On Monday (Dec. 5), the band formally announced that their sophomore record will be titled, Colliding by Design. Colliding by Design is set to be released in February of 2017. In addition to the name of the album and the time frame of its release, Acceptance has also unveiled the lyric video for the record’s lead single, “Diagram of a Simple Man.”
“It’s interesting because with a lot of our songs the lyrical content will evolve as the song evolves, but with ‘Diagram of a Simple Man,’ I always had this lone image of an individual who had lost his individuality,” frontman Jason Vena explains to Consequence of Sound, who exclusively premiered the new track. “A man that had really missed out on the opportunity to be unique and to be around others who were unique. I think that is a pretty scary place to be and I was hoping to offer up an alternative to that outcome for anyone willing to listen.”
Listen to “Diagram of a Simple Man” below.
Last week, guitarist Christian McAlhaney took to Twitter to announced that the record was complete. “The record is done dudes!” the former Anberlin guitarist wrote. Pre-orders for physical copies of Colliding by Design are currently available on the band’s website. Digital pre-orders will be available beginning this Friday, Dec. 9.
After being on hiatus for almost a decade, Acceptance surprised fans when they were announced as one of the many bands to take the stage at the 2015 Skate and Surf Music Festival in New Jersey. Before formally hitting the stage as a reunited group, they performed a few intimate shows. A month after their return, the group released their first new song since disbanding in 2006, a track titled “Take You Away.” Ever since then, the band has been updating fans on social media, and Pledge Music, on the progress of the new record.