La Dispute
Vancouver


4.0
excellent

Review

by Andrew Jarnagin USER (6 Reviews)
December 19th, 2009 | 83 replies | 23,465 views


Release Date: 2006 | Tracklist


4 of 4 thought this review was well written

Vancouver is the debut EP of La Dispute, a five-piece post-hardcore band from Michigan. They are currently signed to No Sleep Records, and have released a follow-up, “Somewhere at the Bottom of the River Between Vega and Altair.”

La Dispute’s sound is often compared to mewithoutYou, mainly because of the similarities between Aaron Weiss and La Dispute vocalist Jordan Dreyer. While this comparison is often justified, Dreyer should be graded objectively and not against Weiss. Dreyer is a more than competent singer and screamer, switching between the two quite well, as he does in the bridge of "To Withstand the Force of Storms." His voice simply drips with emotion. "Fairmount" is the standout vocal track, as Dreyer screams, “I made you a bed of thorns for every rose you ever left outside my door, that’s all you every left me.”

As far as instrumentation goes, La Dispute is very solid. The guitar work, while occasionally sticking to the standard post-hardcore formula of octaves and syncopated chords, is almost always unique and interesting. Frantic is the best word to describe the lead guitar, as displayed at the beginning of "A Word of Welcome and Warning." It would not be unfair to list At the Drive-In as an influence on the guitar. Adam Vass, the bass player, is very talented and creative; however, he usually takes a back seat to guitar. His talents are fully displayed on their LP: “Somewhere at the Bottom of the River Between Vega and Altair.” The album closer, "Untitled," is an interesting yet short song, clocking in under two minutes. It consists of a repeated piano line and Dreyer screaming in the background.

Vancouver has only a few weaknesses. The first is the first minutes of "He is Here, He Is Not Afraid." While the instrumental section is not altogether boring, Dreyer’s voice and lyrics is the strongest asset of La Dispute. Also, the softer moments that contrast the screams are much few and far between. The volume and mood shifts seen in "The Surgeon and the Scientist" are one of the best parts of the band.

Vancouver is an excellent debut from a band that has incredible potential. While their following album is better, Vancouver is worth listening to if you enjoy “Somewhere at the Bottom of the River…” or any solid post-hardcore.

Recommended Tracks:
Fairmount
Future Wars
The Surgeon and the Scientist



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burnafterbreeding
December 19th 2009



1466 Comments


Decent review. Could be longer, but gets the point across. Pos'd.



fiiires of desiiiire...singer makes my skin crawl.

zeppelinUSA
December 19th 2009



299 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

This is a little short, guess it's ok for an ep though. Comments/suggestions appreciated.

Also, does anyone know how I can get the album cover on here?

SeaAnemone
December 19th 2009



20017 Comments


nice review for an EP I should check out...
few things, remember to separate paragraphs, add ""'s to songs, and "The fist is the first minutes..." needs fixin... pos'd after you
change that.

... and you can do that in "Edit Review" on your main profile, and "upload image."

Digging: Natural Snow Buildings - The Night Country

zeppelinUSA
December 19th 2009



299 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Thanks ill fix that in a sec, I had the song titles italicized in Word but that obviously didn't copy over.

EVedder27
December 19th 2009



6088 Comments


good review, and to get the italics put in front of the word and in back.

cirq
December 19th 2009



9263 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Gahd I LOVE this band

IndieGuitarist
December 19th 2009



149 Comments


i still need the other one

zeppelinUSA
December 19th 2009



299 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

^^^Get it now.

PirateSquid
December 19th 2009



1881 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Future Wars is the best, everything else is pretty fun too, though.

tombits
December 19th 2009



3470 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Yeah I need this too. Everyone should also get their untitled 7", the two tracks on that are better than the majority of "Somewhere at the Bottom...".

Skimaskcheck
December 20th 2009



2360 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Cool man, i definitely need to get more from these guys, what i've heard was really interesting

SeaAnemone
December 20th 2009



20017 Comments


anybody else know they're doing a split with Touche Amore?! gonna be pretty sick, MAN

PirateSquid
December 20th 2009



1881 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5


anybody else know they're doing a split with Touche Amore?! gonna be pretty sick, MAN
Fuck the what?

Since when was this happening?
FUCK YEAH

SeaAnemone
December 20th 2009



20017 Comments


I know right?! I just saw it on their site this morning... I have no idea when it's slated for.

PirateSquid
December 20th 2009



1881 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

lol.
Just so you know, I'll probably douche this up for you, post this as news, and take all the credit.

SeaAnemone
December 20th 2009



20017 Comments


haha I don't mind- dibs on the review, though

PirateSquid
December 20th 2009



1881 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Nawww, I couldn't find any articles on the split :O

But I did find a announcement about their tour with Native on their blog, so I posted that instead :P

Prophet178
February 2nd 2010



6397 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

MY GOD I WOULD KILL TO MAKE YOU SMILE

bailar11
August 27th 2010



2433 Comments


steal it from the internet bro

bailar11
August 27th 2010



2433 Comments


haha waht?!

did you make that one josh d?



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