by Andrew Sacher

La Dispute at The Acheron in 2010 (more by Andrew St. Clair)
La Dispute

Genre bending post-hardcore outfit La Dispute will release their sophomore LP Wildlife on October 4 via No Sleep Records. Though the album title isn't nearly as epic as their 2008 debut Somewhere At the Bottom of the River Between Vega and Altair, from the driving drum patterns of album opener, "A Departure," it's clear that Wildlife is no simpler affair. While their debut was very much an album about relationships, on Wildlife we hear frontman Jordan Dreyer frantically contemplating heavier topics such as life and death. The album's longest track, "King Park," ends with Jordan pleading, "Can I still get into heaven if I kill myself?" Musically, the album's got less riffing going on than their debut, but the band finds appeal in other forms. "Safer in the Forest/Love Song for Poor Michigan" opens with an arpeggio that recalls The Bends-era Radiohead, "A Broken Jar" is an acoustic track not unlike the material on the band's Here, Hear EPs, and "St. Paul Missionary Baptist Church Blues" takes on a quasi-funk punk vibe. The album is currently streaming on La Dispute's website and can be pre-ordered from the No Sleep Webstore. The album art, tracklist, and a stream of album single "Harder Harmonies," is all below.

Though La Dispute can get pretty progressive on their albums, they don't tone down the aggression at live shows. I caught them at The Studio in May with Defeater and they delivered the whole show in classic hardcore fashion with nonstop moshing and crowd shoutalongs. They're about to kick off a tour opening for Thrice in support of the new album, which unfortunately won't bring them to venues as small as The Studio. It will hit the NYC-area on two separate occasions though. First on October 14 at Starland Ballroom in Sayreville, NJ and then on October 16 at Irving Plaza. Tickets are available for the Starland show and the Irving Plaza show.

Speaking of Defeater, they're about to head out on a tour with Bane that kicks off in NYC on October 12 at Santos Party House and hits Fun Fun Fun Fest in Austin. Dead End Path and Miles Away are also on the tour.

All dates, song stream, album art and tracklist below...

La Dispute - "Harder Harmonies"

La Dispute - Wildlife

Wildlife Tracklist:
01. A Departure
02. Harder Harmonies
03. St. Paul Missionary Baptist Church Blues
04. Edit Your Hometown
05. A Letter
06. Safer In The Forest/Love Song For Poor Michigan
07. The Most Beautiful Bitter Fruit
08. A Poem
09. King Park
10. Edward Benz, 27 Times
11. I See Everything
12. A Broken Jar
13. All Our Bruised Bodies And The Whole Heart Shrinks
14. You and I in Unison

La Dispute -- 2011 Tour Dates
09/29: St. George, UT @ GOGO37
09/30: Las Vegas, NV @ Hard Rock Cafe
10/01: Tempe, AZ @ The Marquee
10/03: Dallas, TX @ The Door
10/04: Austin, TX @ Emo's
10/05: Houston, TX @ House of Blues
10/07: Ft Lauderdale, FL @ Revolution
10/08: Orlando, FL @ Beacham Theatre
10/09: Atlanta, GA @ The Masquerade
10/11: Carrboro, NC @ Cat's Cradle
10/12: Richmond, VA @ The National
10/13: Philadelphia, PA @ Electric Factory
10/14: Sayreville, NJ @ Starland Ballroom
10/15: Towson, MD @ Recher Theatre
10/16: New York, NY @ Irving Plaza
10/18: Boston, MA @ Royale
10/19: Montreal, QC @ Club Soda
10/20: Toronto, ON @ Phoenix Concert Theatre
10/21: Pittsburgh, PA @ Club Zoo

Defeater -- 2011 Tour Dates (All dates w/ Bane)
10/12 New York, NY Santo's Party House
10/13 Montreal, QC Underworld
10/14 Toronto, ON Sneaky Dee's
10/15 Cleveland, OH Now That's Class
10/16 Detroit, MI Small's
10/17 Chicago, IL Reggie's Rock Club
10/18 Minneapolis, MN Triple Rock Social Club
10/19 Des Moines, IA Vaudeville Mews
10/20 Denver, CO Blast-O-Mat
10/21 Salt Lake City, UT The Complex
10/22 Las Vegas, NV Hypnotic Lounge
10/24 San Diego, CA Che Cafe
10/26 Fresno, CA Neighborhood Cafe
10/27 Canoga Park, CA Cobalt Cafe
10/28 Berkeley, CA 924 Gilman
10/29 Anaheim, CA Chain Reaction
10/30 Mesa, AZ The Underground
10/31 Albuquerque, NM Gasworks
11/1 Oklahoma City, OK Conservatory
11/3 Dallas, TX The Door
11/5 Austin, TX Fun Fun Fun Fest
11/6 Birmingham, AL The Firehouse
11/7 Orlando, FL Will's Pub
11/8 Pembroke Pines, FL The Talent Farm
11/9 acksonville, FL The Pit
11/11 Nashville, TN The End
11/12 Charlotte, NC Casbah - Tremont Music Hall
11/13 West Columbia, SC New Brookland Tavern
11/14 Raleigh, NC Volume 11 Tavern
11/15 Richmond, VA The Warehouse
11/16 Baltimore, MD Sonar
11/17 Philadelphia, PA Broad St. Ministry
11/18 Worcester, MA The Palladium (Upstairs)
11/19 Poughkeepsie, NY The Loft - the Chance

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