Posted in music on January 14, 2014

by Andrew Sacher

La Dispute

As discussed, La Dispute are set to release their third album, Rooms of the House, on March 18 via their own Better Living label (pre-order), and they've just released its first single, "Stay Happy There." And don't call this one "emo revival" because especially on this album, La Dispute are nothing of the sort. They're now three for three in terms of making a remarkably different album each time, and at this point they're more similar to a band like The Mars Volta -- not musically, but in the way that they're a heavy band ignoring all trends in heavy music, pushing boundaries, and ultimately just doing their thing.

Compared to their 2008 debut and their contemporaries, you can hardly call Rooms of the House a post-hardcore album -- it's more indie rock with a singer who just happens to yell a lot more than he sings. And while their last LP, 2011's Wildlife, saw the band's ambitions at their highest, this one sees them like Titus Andronicus on Local Business or The National on Trouble Will Find Me, stripping things down a bit and just being themselves but still ending up with a killer record. Take a listen to "Stay Happy There," along with the album's tracklist, below. That's the artwork above.

As discussed, La Dispute will also be going on a tour with the similarly great post-hardcore band Pianos Become the Teeth and Mansions, which hits NYC on April 10 at Music Hall of Williamsburg. Tickets for that show are still available.

Song stream and tracklist below...


La Dispute - "Stay Happy There"

La Dispute - Rooms of the House Tracklist:
1.) Hudsonville, MI 1956
2.) First Reactions After Falling Through The Ice
3.) Woman (In Mirror)
4.) Scenes From Highways (1981-2009)
5.) For Mayor In Splitsville
6.) 35
7.) Stay Happy There
8.) The Child We Lost 1963
9.) Woman (Reading)
10.) Extraordinary Dinner Party
11.) Objects In Space




Comments (22)

This band is fucking AWFUL.

Posted by Anonymous | January 14, 2014 2:36 PM


Posted by Anonymous | January 14, 2014 2:43 PM

^ Yeah, I hear a little These Arms Are Snakes too.

Posted by Anonymous | January 14, 2014 3:09 PM

Well color me surprised! If it isn't another overhyped writeup about some generic posthardcore emo band that college guys in their late 20s listen to because they think it makes them sound edgy and like they're still just as punx as they were when they 17. No surprise to see who wrote this thing but I'm just wondering how he managed to edge out Pitchfork raging emo boner in posting about it first. So much second hard embarrassment I'm feeling right now.

Posted by Anonymous | January 14, 2014 3:55 PM

^^ Its music. Stop being so fucking pathetic.

Posted by Anonymous | January 14, 2014 9:29 PM

I'm looking forward to seeing how Andrew's writing evolves once he graduates and get to university. All of those experiences waiting to happen, all of those profound thoughts to ponder ...

Posted by Anonymous | January 14, 2014 10:13 PM

^ LOL. hopefully not every paragraph will have to start with "As discussed", for a start

Posted by Anonymous | January 14, 2014 10:19 PM

i'm just going to have start beating down emo kids when I see them. they simply refuse to stop ruining society with this bullshit music. you've been warned, pussies.

Posted by Anonymous | January 14, 2014 11:08 PM

did Andrew Sacher graduate high school yet?

Posted by Anonymous | January 14, 2014 11:31 PM

You people are so rude, seriously.
If you don't like it then go somewhere else. There is no reason for leaving hate and such on this page if you do not fancy their music don't listen to it and take your opinion somewhere else. This band is great. They put so much emotion into their music. They truly put their hearts into their music. There really is no reason for these rude and degrading comments. Simply keep them to yourself.

Posted by Anonymous | January 14, 2014 11:40 PM

Y'all, La Dispute is not just another faggot emo band for tweens. These guys are not Black Veil Brides, they are not fucking Asking Alexandria. They write powerful, passion fueled music. Their 2nd full length album release in 2011, was a very well crafted, and intense music. Beautifully written and composed, and it still gives me goosebumps to this day. The album was a collection of short stories about going through the struggles of loss, segmented into groups by authors notes, abandonment, coping, death, and acceptance. The narratives in the songs talk about the authors struggle, even though they don't directly include him, but he finds them important. If you don't understand a style that's fine. At first I didn't, but I gave it another chance and fell in love. It is one of the best record of the past decade, and this upcoming LP has a lot to prove.

Posted by Anonymous | January 15, 2014 3:05 AM

3:05-I like that the beautiful album about struggle and acceptance is qualified also as not being a "faggot" album. Fuckwad.

Posted by Anonymous | January 15, 2014 8:17 AM

I'm looking forward to Andrew Sacher's balls dropping, so he no longer writes such purple prose about such awful music.

Posted by Anonymous | January 15, 2014 8:20 AM

What exactly is a "faggot" album? Music doesn't have sexual orientation?

Posted by Anonymous | January 15, 2014 10:57 AM

This thread is rapidly gaining momentum. Subscribed!

Posted by Anonymous | January 15, 2014 11:09 AM

3:05- this album can prove itself to me by some deep kissing, followed by a sensual backrub. I'm talking man on man stuff here. Do you think it's game?

Posted by Anonymous | January 15, 2014 12:21 PM

My god, what a bunch of assholes comment on this site. It's a teenager writing about a teenage band!!! Have some perspective please. I guess all of you just came out of the womb super hipsters huh?

Posted by Anonymous | January 15, 2014 12:40 PM

^ dumb as fuck right there

Posted by Anonymous | January 15, 2014 12:44 PM

I completely understand not liking this band's music, for me it was very much an aquired taste and it's easy to see why it's not for everyone. But literally coming here to talk shit about it is the stupidest thing. It's like saying you hate fish then going to an aquarium to announce to everyone that you hate fish. A person's music preference literally does not bother you at all, so just fuck off

Posted by Anonymous | January 18, 2014 9:30 AM

This band is absolutely breaktaking. I love it. Favorite band BY FAR.

Posted by Anonymous | March 10, 2014 7:45 PM

This album is actually really emotional, many people just have a hard time following the lyrics, but if you actually take time to read the lyrics, they're all so emotional and deep. La Dispute will always be one of my favourite bands because of the meanings behind the songs and just how they're all poetic sounding and beautiful.

Posted by Palema | November 1, 2014 2:36 PM

They need to record an album with energy like this!

Posted by hofner | November 21, 2014 3:41 AM

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