La Dispute
Untitled


4.0
excellent

Review

by tombits USER (16 Reviews)
March 3rd, 2009 | 33 replies


Release Date: 2008 | Tracklist

Review Summary: To: La Dispute, Address: Grand Rapids, MI

Dear La Dispute,

I am writing to inform the band of my recent acquisition of your untitled 7”, released in the May of 2008. I had encountered your very unique and diverse brand of post-hardcore quite a few weeks earlier in the form of you’re debut LP “Somewhere at the Bottom of the River between Vega and Altair”, which I must say I enjoyed immensely; the desperate vocals, amazingly varied guitar work and tight rhythm section left me stunned. After finding such satisfaction in that record, I went in search of more material, and here I am, listening to these two fabulous tracks. I am hoping you will appreciate this letter and the analysis contained within.

First of all, let it be known that “Only Everything Below” is one of your strongest songs to date. Opening with urgently strummed chords, Jordan Dreyer’s rapid-fire vocals quickly join the mix. A small buildup quickly descends into a crushing breakdown with strong gang shouts and gutsy screams. Adam Vass’s bass then steals the show with a nimble-fingered riff, providing a backbone to which two guitars intertwine two different lines gorgeously, with Dreyer’s playful wording always ever-present. Some of his strongest and most emotional lyrics are presented in this section, like the following:

“He speaks with the speed in the clench of a bear-trap,
Softly rebuilding the castles he'd kept,
Says, "There is grace in a steeple collapsing."
Straightens the sheets on the beds where they'd slept.”


The song ends with a beautiful clean section that provides a nice transition into the second track of this EP. “Shall Never Lose Its Power” is somewhat cohesive compared to the disjointed and bipolar nature of the song prior. It begins slow and pleasant, yet it doesn’t take long for the distortion to kick in and the screams to break out. The contrast between heavy and soft here is extremely effective and the juxtaposing dynamic is lovely to listen to. There are then continual conversions between clean and distorted passages before the uplifting lead guitar signals the outro, finishing everything in an epic fashion.

I am thoroughly impressed with the huge amount of passion and emotions you fine young men have managed to pour into the 9 minutes of music presented here. There have been comparisons made between your band and mewithoutYou, another group I hold in high regard, and it pleases me to say that their influence is strong, defined and ultimately positive. After this effort you then confirmed your brilliance with a magnificent full length, but this release should not be overshadowed. It is surely two of the greatest songs in your discography, and I would obviously encourage your fans to gain their possession. I’ll certainly be keeping a watchful eye on you in the future.

Thanks for reading La Dispute.

Yours sincerely,
Thomas Stephenson



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tombits
March 3rd 2009


3471 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Re-submittion of a review I lost in the hack. Bear with me while I edit this biatch.

EDIT: Not sure why this made a seperate album. Could a mod please move it to the real one?

This Message Edited On 03.03.09

Iluvatar
Staff Reviewer
March 3rd 2009


16089 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Really isn't all that good

tombits
March 4th 2009


3471 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Not sure why this made a seperate album. Could a mod please move it to the real one?

Please?

rasputin
March 4th 2009


14555 Comments


A mod probably isn't going to stumble across the review, just wait until the forums are back up and then notify them there.

bernardo06
March 4th 2009


43 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

love this 7"

looks and sounds awesome

tombits
March 6th 2009


3471 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Yeah it's well worth the search for it. Various blogs have it up for download too.

marksellsuswallets
March 6th 2009


4848 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Only Everything Below is such an amazing song....
Shall never lose it's power kind of falters a little early on but the end is awesome.

tombits
April 18th 2009


3471 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I listened to this again today, Only Everything Below > their new LP.

natey
April 18th 2009


4170 Comments


but their new LP is amazing?! I guess I should get this.

tombits
April 18th 2009


3471 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

you really should.

TRMshadow
December 30th 2009


4982 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

Good... just can't seem to get into it.

cirq
December 30th 2009


9265 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Their entire discography is great

TRMshadow
December 31st 2009


4982 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

The vocalist should stick to the spoken word. I can't stand his singing voice, but his other stuff is good.

cirq
December 31st 2009


9265 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Wrong.

Skimaskcheck
January 11th 2010


2362 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I need to get this, despite only being two songs long.

And a cheeky review that deserves a pos for sure.

TRMshadow
January 22nd 2010


4982 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

Musical quality/skill is probably a 4, but I enjoy it like a 5

tombits
January 22nd 2010


3471 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Honestly, after you listen to this, you realise how much of a disappointment Somewhere Between... actually is. I'm hoping everyone grabbed this from their bandcamp when they had all that material up for download, that was so cool of them.

Skima, thank you good sir!

Also, "IT HITS LIKE A BRICK TO THE BACK OF YOUR HEAD!" > "... Tonight we ROIIIDE!"

botb
February 17th 2010


9756 Comments


oh wow this rules

Digging: Solstafir - tta

botb
October 13th 2010


9756 Comments


yeah the first track on this is incredible.

tkxxx7
November 4th 2010


6153 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I really like everything they've put out. Downloading this immediately.



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