La Dispute
Here, Hear.


3.5
great

Review

by Nevin USER (56 Reviews)
May 18th, 2010 | 25 replies


Release Date: 2008 | Tracklist

Review Summary: "Here, Hear" is La Dispute's refusal to become stagnant.

La Dispute is an increasingly intriguing group, with each effort that's released, they slowly build and grow upon their talents and have slowly developed into a great force in post-hardcore music. They could easily flow along with the formulas they've found successful on past outings, but with their recent number of EPs they've done just the opposite. With the "Hear, Here." series they show that they refuse to become stagnant and have are gradually growing as a group. It inspires a nod in their direction for their musical persistence and skillful execution of each impressive release. The first in the aforementioned EP series is a fine example of this lively musical progression. They take bits and pieces of poetry and writings and add their own special touch to portray their artistic dexterity and it is indeed the group's refusal to become dull and repetitive.

An array of music is present throughout this short EP, with the group utilizing several different instruments and utensils to create a backdrop for Jordan Dreyer's spoken word poetry. With several poppy little noises present throughout "One" and the acoustic guitar keeping "Two" flowing, you never quite get the same instrumentation in the short four tracks. This is a pleasant (and necessary) touch to keep the record interesting and lively. I imagine it's difficult to capture attention with your entire project relying on one man speaking and a few more people playing timidly in the background. Fortunately for them, La Dispute does this nearly flawlessly, always holding my attention and piquing my interest in what Dreyer has to say. However, the band does slightly fall back into familiar trends with "Three" where we hear the whining vocals that has been ever-present throughout the group's works. Though it does feel slightly out of place, it doesn't turn the track entirely sour.

With the superb storytelling on "Four", you can get a basic idea of what the entirety of this EP will be. Dreyer says everything with a confident tinge and it really adds to the way the poetry is presented. However strange it may be for a group most known for their harsh shouts of "Tonight we ride!!!" to release an EP of spoken word poetry readings, it doesn't tarnish the quality that they remain consistent with. It's a clean, simple, and enjoyable release that can be enjoyed by many. With each interesting little noise and sporadic instrument addition throughout, "Hear, Here." presents itself as La Dispute's refusal to become stagnant. It's a breath of fresh air for anyone who might think this group has only one strongpoint, and it will show any naysayers that La Dispute are a force to be reckoned with.



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Slum
May 18th 2010


2579 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Will be doing the second one soon.
Feedback would be superduper :D

mmfarva
May 18th 2010


1352 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Good review, I really enjoy this series of EPs. The first paragraph seemed a little awkward, but that might just be me.

Isn't each song mostly written by a single band member, who also chooses the piece of poetry/literature that is used?

Slum
May 18th 2010


2579 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Thanks, yeah it's a bit iffy, think i'll change that real quick.
Also i'm not sure, that's what I heard though

mynameischan
Staff Reviewer
October 2nd 2010


17946 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

dreyer certainly has good taste in poetry

Slum
October 2nd 2010


2579 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I forgot I wrote this. huh.

Slum
October 2nd 2010


2579 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I know right. Did I really say superduper up there? Fuck

Aids
Contributing Reviewer
October 10th 2010


24118 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Can't find this anywhere. Can someone let me know how they got it?

Digging: Mitski - bury me at makeout creek

Aids
Contributing Reviewer
October 10th 2010


24118 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

The mediafire link got taken down for some reason

DeadbeatDankity
November 1st 2010


149 Comments


It's pretty sweet how they tie the concepts from this ep into Somewhere At The Bottom.

mmfarva
November 1st 2010


1352 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I love the Vancouver shoutouts in Somewhere too.

Spec
December 29th 2010


27304 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

This band is incredible.

Blackbelt54
December 29th 2010


4276 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

just listened to this for the first time. it's definitely interesting. i like here hear II better so far though

Slum
December 29th 2010


2579 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

This and II are about equal for me, but I think III surpasses them both

Thane
December 29th 2010


2182 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I love this. Its cool to write music to poems and stuff, are there any other good bands that has done something like this thats as good? Would love to hear it.

Slum
December 29th 2010


2579 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Check out Listener's Wooden Heart dude, it's this times a billion

Thane
December 29th 2010


2182 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Awesome, will do. Cheers

xstaytrue18x
March 19th 2011


580 Comments


great band but this stuff is weird

telebyrd
August 18th 2011


869 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

UUUUUUHHHHHHHH these guys make real music too, right? I might listen to this once.

iFghtffyrdmns
August 18th 2011


7047 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

these are cool and all but I very rarely feel the desire to listen to them.
sometimes on cold winter nights they're good for a nice short walk though

telebyrd
August 18th 2011


869 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

This is so whiney, or maybe i'm getting too old and I don't "get it"... but at 24, I'm not quite second-guessing myself



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