La Dispute – “Rooms of the House”

La Dispute - Rooms of the House

Tag: HeavyFresh Fruit

Release date: 18 March 2014

La Dispute is a Midwestern band out of Grand Rapids, MI from the same scene that birthed Touché Amoré, Defeater, and Pianos Become the Teeth. Their third full-length Rooms of the House is an avant-garde approach to contemporary post-hardcore that incorporates mid-90s emo (e.g. Sunny Day Real Estate), spoken word (e.g. Slint), and eccentric chord progressions (e.g. Travis Morrison having a really bad day). Rooms is a concept album that details the ten year long dissolution of a marriage in the mid-20th century, where if the walls could talk they’d have plenty to say. The lyrics are a mix of frontman John Dreyer’s family history and fabricated stories that use actual places and actual events, which brings a stark sense of immediacy in the rhetorical style of Tim O’Brien’s The Things They Carried. His stream-of-consciousness lyrics describe the emotional connotations that the most innocuous of items gain over time: the couch where you and him shared your first kiss, the pillow she used to hold between her legs while sleeping, the chair he used to sit in when reading a book, the guitar she used to play for you, etc. Objects become more than their functional use, as described in the closer “Objects in Space.” Rooms is frequently self-referential and experiential; songs are snapshots of histories where suddenly everything has changed, and tracks allude to each other to give different interpretations of past or future events. There are plenty of loud-soft dynamics that mirror the emotional contexts of singular tracks; “Woman (In Mirror)” is soft and reflective in tone, whereas the self-questioning “Stay Happy There” is angular and chaotic. Rooms of the House is an extraordinary statement by a band adept at weaving the epic of the individual where truth lies not in real-truth, but story-truth.

Some work for morning shows, all work for punk shows. Out on Staple Records and Big Scary Monsters.

All clean! Cuts are in bold. Morning show-appropriate tracks have asterisks.

*1. Hendersonville, MI 1956 – (3:58)
*2. First Reactions After Falling Through the Ice – (2:37)
3. Woman (In Mirror) – (4:24)
*4. Scenes from the Highways 1981-2009 – (3:49)

*5. For Mayor in Splitsville – (3:34)
*6. 35 – (4:33)
*7. Stay Happy There – (3:26)

8. The Child We Lost 1963 – (3:21)
9. Woman (Reading) – (3:30)
*10. Extraordinary Dinner Party – (3:18)
11. Objects in Space – (4:08)

RIYL: Touché Amoré, Defeater, Pianos Become the Teeth, Sunny Day Real Estate, Pinkerton by Weezer, Slint, Modern Life Is War

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