Today, The Dear Hunter and multi-instrumentalist, vocalist and songwriter Casey Crescenzo have announced their new album, Act V: Hymns With The Devil In Confessional, out September 9 on Cave & Canary Goods / Equal Vision Records. The release of Act V comes a year after Act IV: Rebirth In Reprise. In a statement from Crescenzo about the latest installment he says, “these two albums, Act IV and V, were written and recorded much in the same time frame – though each album retains its own unique identity, tone, and experience.” Crescenzo goes on to share, “Act V, however, will be the final ‘rock’ record in the Act series. This may read as though I am abandoning the project, one record early – but the truth is simply that in knowing what Act VI means to the series, and what its story has to say – presenting it in the same form as Acts I-V would be short selling the creative opportunity it presents.”

Act V is available for pre-order starting today at 10:00am PST at and iTunes. Album art and full tracklisting is below. The band is also sharing their first single “Gloria” from Act V on their site as well as iTunes and Spotify. All details and Crescenzo’s full statement can be found at

Listen to “Gloria” from Act V streaming now on and SoundCloud

Last week 250 flexi postcards were sent out to select lifetime fan members. When played on a record player the postcards offer a spoken word message from one of the major characters from the Act storyline, Mr. Usher, teasing fans of the new record. The Act series is The Dear Hunter’s six album concept series chronicling the story of a boy at the turn of the century, only referred to as “The Dear Hunter.” From the beginning, it was a high-concept project: Crescenzo mapped out multi-page treatments for a six-album story arc about the birth, life, and abrupt death of a boy, set at the dawn of the 20th century. Act I: The Lake South, The River North, Act II: The Meaning of, and All Things Regarding Ms. Leading and the third installment, Act III: Life and Death were released between 2006 and 2009 and Act IV: Rebirth In Reprise was released last year. Like Act IV, Act V features Bay Area musicians the Awesöme Orchestra with orchestration written by Crescenzo.


1. Regress
2. The Moon / Awake
3. Cascade
4. The Most Cursed of Hands / Who Am I
5. The Revival
6. Melpomene
7. Mr. Usher (on His Way to Town)
8. The Haves Have Naught
9. Light
10. Gloria
11. The Flame (Is Gone)
12. The Fire (Remains)
13. The March
14. Blood
15. A Beginning

This fall The Dear Hunter will embark on “The Final Act Tour.” Crescenzo called this “a celebration of everything that has brought me to this point… a celebration for every person who ever toiled over the meaning of a verse; the placement of an illustration; the name of a song; the point of view the lyrics maintain… This tour is for all of you, and we couldn’t be more excited to see you.” The tour will kick off on September 9 in Portland, OR at Doug Fir Lounge. The tour is making stops in major music markets like Seattle, Chicago, New York, Nashville, and LA before coming to an end at The Fillmore in San Francisco. This special show will feature accompaniment by Awesöme Orchestra, the 36-piece ensemble that performed on the recordings for both Act IV & V. Eisley and Gavin Castleton are supporting the tour. A complete list of tour dates is below and more information and tickets can be found at:


September 9 – Portland, OR – Doug Fir Lounge
September 10 – Seattle, WA – Neumos
September 13 – Salt Lake City, UT – The Complex
September 14 – Denver, CO – Marquis Theatre
September 16 – Minneapolis, MN – Fine Line Music Hall
September 20 – St. Louis, MO – The Ready Room
September 21 – Chicago, IL – Metro
September 23 – Detroit, MI – Loving Touch
September 24 – Cleveland, OH- Beachland Ballroom
September 25 – Buffalo, NY – The Waiting Room
September 27 – Providence, RI – The Met Café
September 29 – Boston, MA – Paradise
September 30 – Philadelphia, PA – Union Transfer
October 1 – New York, NY – Webster Hall
October 5 – Washington, DC – Rock & Roll Hotel
October 7 – Carrboro, NC – Cat’s Cradle
October 8 – Nashville, TN – Exit/In
October 9 – Atlanta, GA – Terminal West @ King Plow Arts Center
October 12 – Orlando, FL – The Social
October 14 – Houston, TX – White Oak Music Hall
October 15 – Austin, TX – Mohawk
October 16 – Dallas, TX – Gas Monkey Bar N’ Grill
October 19 – Albuquerque, NM – Launchpad
October 20 – Phoenix, AZ – The Crescent Ballroom
October 21 – San Diego, CA – The Irenic
October 22 – Pomona, CA – The Glass House
October 25 – Los Angeles, CA – El Rey Theatre
October 28 – San Francisco, CA – The Fillmore

*tour is supported by Eisley and Gavin Castleton