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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 ofleadvocalist Jordan Dreyer, drummer Brad Vander Lugt, guitarists Chad Sterenberg and Kevin Whittemore and bass guitaristAdamVass. 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 alsoreleased an EP,Vancouver (2006), a 7”(2008), and three experimentalpieces: Here, Hear (2008, released in a mini-discformat), Here, He ...read more

La Dispute is a five piece post-hardcore band from Grand Rapids, Michigan that formed in 2004. La Dispute consists ofleadvocalist Jordan Dreyer, drummer Brad Vander Lugt, guitarists Chad Sterenberg and Kevin Whittemore and bass guitaristAdamVass. 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 alsoreleased an EP,Vancouver (2006), a 7”(2008), and three experimentalpieces: Here, Hear (2008, released in a mini-discformat), Here, Hear II(2008, released as a7”) and Here, Hear III (2009). In 2011, the post-hardcore quintet released theirsecond record, entitled"Wildlife". Jordan Dreyer, the band's lead singer, has commented on the use of tags to describe theband's style, saying: "Ingeneral, I think boxing art into categories only serves as a way to exclude people from exploringdifferent variations of thesame thing. I think the only real definition between artists exists in their intentions for creatingart...". But despite this LaDispute is described as playing jazz, blues and spoken word influenced post-hardcore whichincorporates elements whichrange through screamo, progressive rock, post-rock and hardcore punk. Well recognized elementsof La Dispute's music areincorporating spoken word style passages into intense songs, the use of highly complex lyrics andJordan Dreyer's inability tocontrol his voice; swapping between singing and screaming unpredictably. The band'sinstrumentation is seen as "near-shoegaze guitar drones that complemented the distorted bass" and this couples with theirmusic being like "confessional diaryentries; spoken and shouted-word lyrics accompanied by minor-chord harmonies".Themusic on their first album Somewhere at the Bottom of the River Between Vega and Altair is noted for itsmetalcoreinfluence[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 fromboth the split albums they wrote with Touché Amoré and Koji respectively.[53] Wildlife was writtendifferently in comparison tothe band's previous work as the lyrics and concept were written first, then the music.[29][47]Wildlife's lyrics follow a looselythematic collection of "short stories" examining the life struggles that shape and define us asindividuals.[48] The band drewinspiration from real issues and true stories that they themselves had confronted or heard ofin their home town of GrandRapids.[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] andfocusing on simpler, melodic chord changes.[46] « hide

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LPs
Rooms of the House
2014

3.6
580 Votes
Wildlife
2011

4
1,495 Votes
Somewhere at the Bottom of the River...
2008

4.1
1,927 Votes
EPs
Conversations
03/24/2012

3.2
19 Votes
Here, Hear. III
2009

3.8
348 Votes
Winter Tour Holiday CD-R
2008

3.1
79 Votes
Here, Hear. II
2008

3.6
272 Votes
Here, Hear.
2008

3.5
261 Votes
Untitled
2008

4
282 Votes
Vancouver
2006

3.8
483 Votes
Live Albums
Maida Vale Session 2011
2014

Maida Vale Session 2014
2014

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