The band quietly re-formed, playing with Cracker and getting rave reviews, but the band didn’t want to announce a “comeback” until a new album was released. According to Lowery, this is the real deal; CVB is not putting out a “bad reunion record” as an excuse to tour.

“We were more concerned with getting used to each other and figuring out that we could still make music together before making a big deal out of announcing we were back,” Lowery said.

The album, New Times Roman, took a year to record. Lowery said CVB’s hiatus was the best career move the band made because it sold most of its records during the break.

Camper Van Beethoven returns for real October 14th in Philadelphia, then plays the next night at the CMJ Music Marathon in New York City. The Van travels to Montreal, Indianapolis, Milwaukee, San Francisco, Portland and Seattle before heading off to Europe for the second half of November.

The folks in Norfolk, Va.; Atlanta; and Winston-Salem, N.C., get a special treat November 11-13 when the band co-headlines with Cracker.