Bad Books – a collaboration comprised of Andy Hull (of Manchester Orchestra and Right Away, Great Captain!) and friend and fellow singer-songwriter, Kevin Devine – have decided to expand their musical horizons with their new song, 'Forest Whitaker.'

The track, complete with catchy beats, crooning harmonies and clever lyrics, will appear on the band's second full-length album, 'II.' The new record is set to be released on Oct. 9 via Triple Crown Records/Favorite Gentlemen as a follow-up to their 2010 self-titled debut album.

In a recent interview, Devine shared his eloquent thoughts on their new song: "I love the lyric and melody-ear candy with a twist of darkness to keep it off-balance, save it from being saccharine. Feels like the missing piece to the record." To find out what he's talking about, be sure to check out a live performance clip of 'Forest Whitaker' below. A stream of the studio version of the new track is also available.

Bad Books started as a project between Hull and Devine back in 2007 but then went on to acquire several additional members (who also play in Manchester Orchestra). Hull describes the collaboration as a "therapeutic outlet." In his words, "[It's] a place I can go and do whatever I want in the moment. Somehow, amazingly, it works out."

Bad Books are also preparing for a U.S. tour this fall. Those who buy tickets through the pre-sale (which began on Aug. 13) will receive their tickets well in advance and will also save money on shipping. For more information, check out the band's official website.

2012 Bad Books Tour Dates:

10/06  – Seattle, Wash. | Neumos
10/07 – Portland, Ore. | Doug Fir Lounge
10/09 – San Francisco, Calif. | Bottom of the Hill
10/10 – West Hollywood, Calif. | Troubadour
10/11 – San Diego, Calif. | The Irenic
10/12 – Phoenix, Ariz. | The Crescent Ballroom
10/16 – New Orleans, La. | The Parish at House of Blues
10/17 – Birmingham, Ala. | Zydeco
10/18 – Nashville, Tenn. | Mercy Lounge
10/19 – Atlanta, Ga. | The Masquerade

Watch Bad Books' Andy Hull Perform 'Forest Whitaker'