After a two-year recording hiatus which included injuries sustained in a serious bus accident, Alien Ant Farm will release their sophomore effort truANT on August 19. “These Days,” the band’s first single from truANT, will go to radio in July, and the group will tour this fall in support of the new album. Tour dates will be announced Friday (June 6), according to the group’s publicist at Dreamworks.
Alien Ant Farm released its debut album ANThology in 2001, and the record took off on the success of its second single, a cover of Michael Jackson’s “Smooth Criminal.” The single reached Number 23 on the Billboard Top 100 list in November of 2001.
The band made headlines last May when their bus crashed in Spain on the European leg of their tour. The crash killed the driver, and all of the band members were injured. Frontman Dryden Mitchell suffered a back injury and needed surgery to fuse two vertebrae. He now has two screws in his skull.
The recording of truANT, produced by Stone Temple Pilots bassist Robert DeLeo and his brother Dean, was completed on the one-year anniversary of the crash.