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La Dispute: ‘All Our Favourite Artists Are Articulate’

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Rock Sound 24 October 2011 at 18.24

The art of storytelling is not dead, just listen to La Dispute's new album 'Wildlife' for proof.

Some bands write songs about parties and girls. Not La Dispute, they write cathartic post-hardcore tunes like 'King Park' about what happens to a community in the aftermath of an innocent child's murder.

"[That song]'s mostly a true story," admits singer Jordan Dreyer in the latest issue of Rock Sound. "A year or two ago, down the street from where Brad [Vander Lugt, drums] and I work, a kid was shot. It's an area that's been riddled with gang violence, which has been really sad to witness. It was the son of a lady I work with's best friend. He was shot accidentally in a drive-by shooting that was intended for the group of people he was getting off the bus with - friends from his school. There were a couple of days where everyone knew who had done it and who had been shot.

There was this weird, eerie calm, and they found the guy in a hotel room on the other side of town. He locked himself in his room and shot himself. That line 'Do I still get to heaven if I kill myself?' is something he asked his uncle when talking about what to do."

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