May 26, 2006
May 6, 2006
La Dispute is on iTunes
La Dispute was formed in the summer of 2004 inspired by the collective notion that each member enjoys the following things immensely: listening to music, playing music, and writing music. Additionally, these members (old friends, new friends, family, schoolmates) feel utterly incapable of achieving any level of contentment doing anything other than what they are currently doing, at least for the present time, and thus the arrangement was and is, in a sense, default. As far as the music goes, La Dispute feels that art is best presented as challenging in each of its aspects and, as a result, struggles to create music with both technical and thematic depth while trying desperately to not sound obnoxious or juvenile. Most importantly, La Dispute enjoys their surroundings and, as is generally the case, draws the majority of their influences from things that are around them throughout the course of a day; things like people, other bands, books, religion, each other and the like. Drawing on those things, La Dispute wrote, recorded, and released their first album, Vancouver, on Friction Records, and are very proud of each and every note. Furthermore, they practice in a hardware store warehouse and, as a general rule, truly enjoy each others presence, as well as hardware. Come say hello to them sometime.
"Aggressive post-hardcore music hasn't had an original voice in a long time. Not in as long as there have been bands content to have singers who get them on MTV by sounding exactly the same. That's not La Dispute. From beginning to end their vocalist sounds like he's teetering dangerously close to the edge, candidly and clearly expressing his fears and faults without resorting to meathead meltdowns or pop-friendly choruses. Appropriately, the band rides just as dangerously on the cymbals, letting its crashes control their bouts of guitar tension." - Eric Mitts, Recoil
Much has been said about the genius of Spit For Athena¹s hardcore disguised as pop in their native Michigan since they started four years ago, and, love it or hate it, this record validates every word of it. The follow up to 2004¹s "Extermina" on Eyeball Records, "Piss is Perfect" is Spit For Athena¹s third full-length CD and a long-anticipated masterpiece that documents the band at its most quintessential. The first half of the disk, titled "Mergers," features 13 brand-new, two-minute, verse/chorus bursts by singer and guitarist Levi Bailey, bassist Melanie Cumming, and drummer Matt Budd. The tracks sizzle and scrape with giant hooks, deadly riffs and pounding rhythms amounting to what is easily the band¹s catchiest, if not darkest, material yet. Singer/songwriter Levi Bailey¹s stream-of-criticism seems more pointed and amusing than ever and his biggest target is himself forcing the listener to look at his or her own perversions, ugly laziness and apathy. The second half of the album, "Acquisitions," features 10 more songs, including re-recorded versions of some of the bands best older songs and the original recordings for "Extermina", which some say sound better than the actual record.
(It is basically two separate albums on one CD, which is one of Bailey¹s trademarks. His solo album (Clear Days Always) and the first Spit For Athena album were set up the same way.)