The Avett Brothers have released a new single, “Bang Bang”, off of their forthcoming studio album, Closer Than Together. The folk-rock band’s first studio effort since 2016’s True Sadness is due out on Friday, October 4th via Republic Records.“We didn’t make a record that was meant to comment on the sociopolitical landscape that we live in,” Seth Avett explained in a statement when the band detailed their forthcoming album. “We did, however, make an album that is obviously informed by what is happening now on a grander scale all around us…The Avett Brothers will probably never make a sociopolitical record. But if we did, it might sound something like this.”Scott Avett shared his thoughts on the new record and inspiration for “Bang Bang” with Billboard. He explained,As a collective, we’ve always talked about current events. Nobody can get away from it. There’s more news coming in than anybody can process. There’s no doubt a song like [Closer Than Together’s] “We Americans”… that’s a topic that’s relevant. It’s been relevant since this country was founded. It’s not new.A song like ”Bang Bang,” Seth and I will talk for hours about … the TV will be playing, and we’ll see these movies that are just ludicrous. You know? They’re nuts. And we’re going… we’ll flip from one channel and see some terrible shooting that’s happened, and then we flip to whatever and there’s a movie going, and you’re like — it’s real life here, and then I go over here and it’s two-fold. I just think all these things have accumulated enough to talk about.“Bang Bang” follows up the previously released lead single, “High Steppin’”, and is accompanied by a new music video directed by Morgan Neville. Watch the Avett Brothers’ new “Bang Bang” video below:The Avett Brothers – “Bang Bang”[Video: theavettbrothers]Head to The Avett Brothers’ website for a full list of the band’s upcoming tour dates, ticketing, and more information.