This week SoCal piano rockers Jack’s Mannequin announced the October 4th release of their new album People and Things . The pre-order will launch August 2nd, and the first single, “My Racing Thoughts,” is streaming online now. The band has also a released a lyric video for the new track.

The third studio release for Jack’s Mannequin will focus on more serious material than previous albums. Says frontman Andrew McMahon:

“I consider People and Things a relationship record. My goal with many of the songs was to strip away the flowery language and sentiment attached to newer love and replace it with starker, less blinded language about more binding love. In the time following the last Jack’s album the people in my world were moving in together, getting married, trying to find quote unquote ‘real jobs’ and reconciling new lives that looked a lot less like youth than some of us cared for. Marriage is a bit of a beast to tackle in a pop record but when I wrote ‘My Racing Thoughts,’ it became clear how powerful and loaded a subject this kind of love is, and somewhere in that moment, I began to lock into this broad concept for the writing sessions to come.”

After their 2008 release The Glass Passenger, McMahon released his documentary “Dear Jack,” which followed his treatment and recovery from leukemia.

Jack’s Mannequin will be performing on a handful of dates on this year’s Vans Warped Tour before co-headlining a summer tour with Guster. On October 6th the band will be joined by the Hartford Symphony Orchestra at The Bushnell Center for Performing Arts in Hartford, Connecticut before Jack’s Mannequin heads out for yet another tour in the fall.

Jack’s Mannequin Tour Dates:

August 2 – Cincinnati, OH – Riverbend Music Center ^
August 3 – St Louis, MO – Verizon Wireless Amphitheater ^
August 5 – Kansas City, KS – Kanrocksas Music Festival *
August 7-   Baltimore, MD – Pier Six *
August 8 – New York, NY – Central Park Summerstage * (SOLD OUT)
August 9 – Asbury Park, NJ – Stone Pony *
August 11 – Philidelphia, PA – Festival Pier *
August 12 – Boston, MA – Bank Of America Pavillion *
August 13 – Rochester, NY – MAC *
August 15 – Vienna, VA – Wolf Trap *
August 16 – Portsmouth, VA – nTELOS Pavilion *
August 17 – Myrtle Beach, SC – House Of Blues *
August 19 – Charlotte, NC – Road Runner Mobile Amphitheatre *
August 20 – Charleston, SC – Patriots Point *
August 21 – Fort Lauderdale, FL – Revolution Live *
August 23 – Tampa, FL  – The Ritz Ybor *
August 24 – Atlanta, GA – Chastain *
August 25 – Knoxville, TN – Bijou Theatre
August 26 – Memphis, TN – New Daisy Theatre
August 29 – Indianapolis, IN – Lawn At White River*
August 30 – Detroit, MI – The Fillmore *
August 31 – Grand Rapids, MI – Meijer GardensAmphitheatre *
September 2 – Louisville, KY- Headliners MusicHall
September 3 – Chicago, IL – Ravinia Pavilion *
September 4 – Columbus, OH – The LC Pavilion *
October 6 – Hartford, CT – The Bushnell w/the Hartford Symphony Orchestra

* co-headlining with Guster
^ Warped Tour

For more info on Jack’s Mannequin:

Official Site