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La Dispute

La Dispute is a five piece post-hardcore band from Grand Rapids, Michigan that formed in 2004. La Dispute consists of leadvocalist Jordan Dreyer, drummer Brad Vander Lugt, guitarists Chad Sterenberg and Kevin Whittemore and bass guitarist AdamVass. They currently distribute their albums internationally through No Sleep Records. Their debut full-length, Somewhere atthe Bottom of the River Between Vega and Altair, was released November 11, 2008. La Dispute have also released an EP,Vancouver (2006), a 7”(2008), and three experimentalpieces: Here, Hear (2008, released in a mini-disc format) ...read more

La Dispute is a five piece post-hardcore band from Grand Rapids, Michigan that formed in 2004. La Dispute consists of leadvocalist Jordan Dreyer, drummer Brad Vander Lugt, guitarists Chad Sterenberg and Kevin Whittemore and bass guitarist AdamVass. They currently distribute their albums internationally through No Sleep Records. Their debut full-length, Somewhere atthe Bottom of the River Between Vega and Altair, was released November 11, 2008. La Dispute have also released an EP,Vancouver (2006), a 7”(2008), and three experimentalpieces: Here, Hear (2008, released in a mini-disc format), Here, Hear II(2008, released as a7”) and Here, Hear III (2009). In 2011, the post-hardcore quintet released their second record, entitled"Wildlife". Jordan Dreyer, the band's lead singer, has commented on the use of tags to describe the band's style, saying: "Ingeneral, I think boxing art into categories only serves as a way to exclude people from exploring different variations of thesame thing. I think the only real definition between artists exists in their intentions for creating art...". But despite this LaDispute is described as playing jazz, blues and spoken word influenced post-hardcore which incorporates elements whichrange through screamo, progressive rock, post-rock and hardcore punk. Well recognized elements of La Dispute's music areincorporating spoken word style passages into intense songs, the use of highly complex lyrics and Jordan Dreyer's inability tocontrol his voice; swapping between singing and screaming unpredictably. The band's instrumentation is seen as "near-shoegaze guitar drones that complemented the distorted bass" and this couples with their music being like "confessional diaryentries; spoken and shouted-word lyrics accompanied by minor-chord harmonies".The music on their first album Somewhere at the Bottom of the River Between Vega and Altair is noted for its metalcoreinfluence[52] and is seen as blending elements of punk, progressive rock and emo.[46]The band's second album, Wildlife showed a lighter approach to music, compared to both their debut album and mini album.Combining elements from both the split albums they wrote with Touché Amoré and Koji respectively.[53] Wildlife was writtendifferently in comparison to the band's previous work as the lyrics and concept were written first, then the music.[29][47]Wildlife's lyrics follow a loosely thematic collection of "short stories" examining the life struggles that shape and define us asindividuals.[48] The band drew inspiration from real issues and true stories that they themselves had confronted or heard ofin their home town of Grand Rapids.[54] A primary example of this is the track King Park which focuses on the story of aninner city drive-by shooting.[55] The band was noted for combining the energetic dynamics of hardcore punk with theintrospective elements of emo[56] and focusing on simpler, melodic chord changes.[46] « hide

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LPs
Rooms of the House
2014

3.7
444 Votes
Wildlife
2011

4
1,383 Votes
Somewhere at the Bottom of the River...
2008

4.1
1,823 Votes
EPs
Conversations
03/24/2012

3.5
11 Votes
Here, Hear. III
2009

3.8
331 Votes
Winter Tour Holiday CD-R
2008

3.1
74 Votes
Here, Hear. II
2008

3.6
255 Votes
Here, Hear.
2008

3.5
245 Votes
Untitled 7"
2008

4
269 Votes
Vancouver
2006

3.8
458 Votes

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