have announced that their hiatus is #OVER and they’re returning to the stage this year to play a bunch of festival shows.

Two years after the end of a successful fourteen-year run of over 1000 live shows, theNEWDEAL is announcing today a return to American festival stages in the summer of 2014.

“It feels like the right time for us to be playing together again”, says bassist Dan Kurtz. “theNEWDEAL needed some time to find some new musical inspiration and get some perspective on what is important about what, and how, we play together”.

“We just needed a break to go do other things”, adds keyboardist Jamie Shields. “When the thing you love begins to feel only like work, it’s time to step away”.

Darren Shearer, theNEWDEAL’s original drummer, has decided not to continue in this next phase of the band’s career. In his place, Dan and Jamie are excited to welcome Toronto-based drummer Joel Stouffer. Joel is one of only two drummers who has ever managed to fill Darren’s shoes in the past, having played brilliantly with the band when Darren broke his hand in 2011. Joel has spent the last seven years touring the world with Dan in Electropop band Dragonette.

Summer and Fall 2014 dates will be announced over the next week.