Fol Chen is a mysterious band that introduced itself in 2009 with Part I: John Shade, Your Fortune's Made. The identities of the band members are always obscured in real life with costumes and masks, but in the narrative of that album, they were a team of insurgents bound to defeat the evil John Shade. Part II: The New December is their sophomore LP for Asthmatic Kitty. It continues the narrative, this time finding Fol Chen reduced to useless bureaucreats who have to deal with the ruination of the world caused by their previous victory. The album features guest spots by touring mates Angus Andrew and Aaron Hemphill of Liars, L.A. singer Karin Tatoyan, and singer/songwriter Simone White.