LA DISPUTE INTERVIEW
La Dispute is an American post-hardcore band from Grand Rapids, Michigan, formed in 2004. The current lineup is vocalist Jordan Dreyer, drummer Brad Vander Lugt, guitarist Chad Morgan-Sterenberg, guitarist Corey Stroffolino and bass guitarist Adam.
Twinmusix got to speak to Jordan Dreyer from LA Dispute about there upcoming tour, the new album and more.
TM - Hi, This is Amelia from Twinmusix. Thank You for having this call with me today. How are you?
JD - Good, Thank You. How are you?
TM - Good, We are excited to have you coming to Australia. What are you most looking forward to doing in Australia?
JD - We are looking forward to playing shows in Australia. We have a long history with playing shows in Australia and we made lots of friends in this area. We have some of our best memories and best connections over there. We took about a five-year Hiatus because we had different things going on in life. We came back for Good Things Festival and it was really fun, except It felt incomplete because we left out playing smaller shows in smaller rooms. I am looking forward to playing in small rooms and sensing more people and seeing my friends.
TM - What can fans expect from your Australian tour?
JD - Fans can expect varied setlist, we will try to play different songs from different records. We have high energy we will be putting a lot into it.
TM - You just throw it out your new album, can we expect any stuff that on your Australian tour?
JD - Yes, I think our setlist will be evenly between all-out four or LPS.
TM - We look forward to your live set. How have fans responded to your new album Panorama?
JD - Fans have responded well, there are always a handful of people who know the record right off the bat. It has been a positive and fun rollout for all the songs.
TM - What was your writing and recording process for Panorama?
JD - We all live in different places so there are logistics is differences. We all flew into Grand rappards and rented a studio and a place and spent 3 months writing every day. We struggled a bit with the direction we wanted to go and once we decided we continued writing and recording it. It was a long process but at this point, without bands history without obstacles the album wouldn't have turned out as it did.
TM - You just said you hit some obstacles along the way, what were the obstacles?
JD - I think in the beginning we were trying too hard. We were trying to force ourself in a Direction. I think that was a big obstacle, I think sometimes the harder something is to do, the more rewarding it is.
TM - If you could have any band play one of your songs what band would it, what song would it be and would it be in your style or their style?
JD - I think a band that is a bit more poppy to play one of our songs. I would like to see REM play the song "Rest in Peace" from our new record.
TM - That would be Awesome! I would love to see that.
TM - If you could collaborate with any artists who would it be and why?
JD - Any band that is completely opposite us, on a different extreme.
TM - What's your favorite memory of watching someone else perform live?
JD - One of my favorite memories from my life in music is in 2005. I went to see a band from Japan called Envy on a whim and it was $10. It was two blocks away from where my friends and I were hanging out and they played with a band called The Day I Wake. There was a translator who translated the police into English and it resonated with me.
It was such a powerful emotional experience, it was a wonderful experience. I felt a connection to the music that I have never felt in my life. It was spiritual and a few years later we supported them on tour and then a few years later they came on tour with us.
TM - That is sweet dude, and you toured with each other too. That is awesome. Is there anything else you want to say to your fans?
JD - Thank You to all our fans, it has been an incredible experience being in this band and I'm making music with my friends. It is incredible that we can still make our music happen and we cannot wait to see you in Australia.
TM - Thank You for this interview today and we cannot wait to see you in Australia.