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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 albumsinternationally through No Sleep Records. Their debut full-length,Somewhere atthe Bottom of the River Between Vega and Altair, was releasedNovember 11, 2008. La Dispute have alsoreleased an EP,Vancouver (2006), a 7”(2008), and three experimentalpieces: Here, Hear (2008, released ina mini-discformat), 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 albumsinternationally through No Sleep Records. Their debut full-length,Somewhere atthe Bottom of the River Between Vega and Altair, was releasedNovember 11, 2008. La Dispute have alsoreleased an EP,Vancouver (2006), a 7”(2008), and three experimentalpieces: Here, Hear (2008, released ina 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 thinkboxing art into categories only serves as a way to exclude people from exploringdifferent variations of thesame thing. I think the only real definitionbetween artists exists in their intentions for creatingart...". But despite this LaDispute is described as playing jazz, blues and spoken word influencedpost-hardcore whichincorporates elements whichrange through screamo, progressive rock, post-rock and hardcore punk. Well recognized elementsofLa Dispute's music areincorporating spoken word style passages into intense songs, the use of highly complex lyrics andJordan Dreyer's inabilitytocontrol his voice; swapping between singing and screaming unpredictably. The band'sinstrumentation is seen as "near-shoegaze guitar drones thatcomplemented the distorted bass" and this couples with theirmusic being like "confessional diaryentries; spoken and shouted-word lyrics accompaniedby minor-chord harmonies".Themusic on their first album Somewhere at the Bottom of the River Between Vega and Altair is noted foritsmetalcoreinfluence[52] and is seen as blending elements of punk, progressive rock and emo.[46]The band's second album,Wildlife showed a lighterapproach to music, compared to both their debut album and mini album.Combining elements fromboth the split albums they wrote with Touché Amoréand Koji respectively.[53] Wildlife was writtendifferently in comparison tothe band's previous work as the lyrics and concept were written first, thenthe music.[29][47]Wildlife's lyrics follow a looselythematic collection of "short stories" examining the life struggles that shape and define usasindividuals.[48] The band drewinspiration from real issues and true stories that they themselves had confronted or heard ofin their home town ofGrandRapids.[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 wasnoted for combining the energetic dynamics of hardcore punk with theintrospective elements of emo[56] andfocusing on simpler, melodic chordchanges.[46] « hide

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LPs
Rooms of the House
2014

3.6
740 Votes
Wildlife
2011

4
1,659 Votes
Somewhere at the Bottom of the River Between Vega and Altair
2008

4.1
2,121 Votes
EPs
Tiny Dots
2016

3
19 Votes
Conversations
03/24/2012

3.3
31 Votes
Here, Hear. III
2009

3.8
365 Votes
Winter Tour Holiday CD-R
2008

3.1
80 Votes
Here, Hear. II
2008

3.5
277 Votes
Here, Hear.
2008

3.4
267 Votes
Untitled
2008

4
290 Votes
Vancouver
2006

3.8
518 Votes
Live Albums
Maida Vale Session 2011
2014

3.7
3 Votes
Maida Vale Session 2014
2014

3.7
3 Votes

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