La Dispute at Union Transfer
La Dispute have a singular and unmistakable sound, fine tuned over more than a decade of consistently powerful releases and relentless touring. The Grand Rapids, MI natives combine elements of post-hardcore and spoken word poetry to deliver unparalleled storytelling with themes of life, death, beauty, and suffering, nihilistic yet shadowed by hope and learning. Vocalist Jordan Dreyer unleashes a torrent of energy across the stage as a team of 4 to 6 additional instruments lay down the intricate framework behind him, taking an indie approach to a melancholy math post-rock vibe, Those not brought to tears are flung into motion as the roller coaster swings from slow and contemplative to aggressive and heavy. This tour is in support of their latest album, 'Panorama', a familiar landscape to compliment their impressive catalogue, to be enjoyed by fans of Pianos Become the Teeth, Balance and Composure, and of course Touche Amore. Philadelphia now a memory, the tour is now making their way west throughout December before concluding in Los Angeles on 12/13. A full list of dates is below, as well as a full album stream of 'Panorama' courtesy of Epitaph.
La Dispute are joined on the road by Touche Amore for the first time since 2011, having shared a journey through Europe in support of a 7in split featuring a collaborative vision between the two bands. Their soundscapes and fantbases intertwined, this lineup is a dream for those passionate about the melodic hardcore renaissance of the past decade. Filling the opening spot for this tour is Empath, the Philadelphia natives combine a playful chaotic nature with moody post-punk in a whimsical performance. They are an act to watch in the future, and will surely be performing again in Philly sooner rather than later.
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