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La Dispute

Somewhere At The Bottom Of The River Between Vega And Altair

January 28th, 2009 · post by Chris Walktall · Make a comment

Record label: No Sleep records

I’ll cut to the chase, this is an amazing record, a bit of a grower but none the less amazing. I guess the simplest description would be tech-hardcore, but those kind of pigeon-holing are always clumsy and inaccurate; they sound similar to At The Drive-In in places, but heavier, with pretty Minus The Bear moments and the occasional metal break downs, all in all they’re pretty hard to stuff into any one genre. This all mixed up with interesting rhythmic and dynamic changes and ‘stream of consciousness’ style lyrics. It’s these vocals that hit you on first listening, half sung half shouted with the very abstract and image laden lyrics that reinforce the At The Drive-In influence.

It’s a very mature release (this is their fifth) and really is one of those albums that deserves to be sat down and listened to all in one go, with the first and last songs framing it beautifully. As of writing they are half way through a mammoth tour, hopefully they’ll make it over to these shores at some point, in the mean time pick up a copy, its guaranteed not to disappoint.

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