Following Being As An Ocean's announcement that they'd bought out their contract and released their forthcoming album's first single, “Thorns,” the band are premiering their poignant second single, “Black & Blue” with Alternative Press.

“This song is special to me because it's the first and only Being As An Ocean song I wrote all the lyrics for,” Tyler Ross explains. “It's really, really personal, and all I can say is I started writing it on Warped Tour 2015, and it stayed in my mind ever since.”

Give “Black & Blue” a listen below:

Read more: Being As An Ocean’s Tyler Ross explains why the band went independent

The band separated from Equal Vision Records to independently release their new record, Waiting For Morning To Come, giving them total creative control over their new release.

“I think we cut the cord mentally and legally there. It’s like drawing a line in the sand and saying, 'We’re doing what we want now,' You know?” Ross told us about the band's move from label to independence.

“Before it’s like, you don’t want to let down your manager or your label or your publicist because they’re all 'your friend' who’s looking out for 'your best interest.' And I know they are, to an extent, but that extent is 'your best interest' in terms of sales, in terms of [money], which is the only mutual interest you share together. Your label doesn’t have a reason to care about your artistic fulfillment or your weirdness or your new ideas beyond what supplements the bottom line: 'If your quirks are selling, then let’s showcase them. If not, why would we bother?'”

Waiting For Morning To Come is out next Friday, Sept. 8.

Being As An Ocean's U.S. tour doesn't start until 2018, but in the meantime, they're hitting the road with Stick To Your Guns:

Dates:

11/16 – Germany Hamburg Gruenspann
11/17 – Germany Nürnberg Löwensaal
11/18 – Austria Graz PPC
11/19 – Czech Republic Prague Meet Factory
11/20 – Hungary Budapest Dürer Kert
11/21 – Poland Warsaw Progresja
11/22 – Germany Rostock Alte Zuckerfabrik
11/23 – Germany Berlin Festsaal Kreuzberg
11/24 – Germany Münster Skaters Palace
11/25 – Germany Hannover Faust
11/26 – Belgium Bruxelles AB
11/27 – UK Nottingham Rescue Rooms
11/28 – UK Glasgow The Garage
11/29 – UK Manchester Club Academy
11/30 – UK London O2 Islington Academy
12/01 – UK Birmingham O2 Institute2
12/02 – Netherlands Amsterdam Melkweg
12/03 – Germany Wiesbaden Schlachthof
12/04 – France Paris Backstage By The Mill
12/05 – Germany Stuttgart Im Wizemann
12/06 – Switzerland Aarau Kiff
12/07 – Germany München Backstage
12/08 – Germany Leipzig Felsenkeller
|12/09 – Austria Wien Flex
12/10 – Germany Köln Essigfabrik

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