La Dispute at the Glass House
No, they are not the best live act I’ve ever seen. But, they are way high up there on the list. Oddly enough, they are ranked underneath Imagine Dragons any day and Motionless In White on a good day. However, I do recommend that if you have the opportunity to see La Dispute, you should definitely take it. I promise that you’ll be glad you did.
After the opening bands had…awed…us with their music skills, the anticipation of every single person in the crowd rose at a pace so fast that my breath caught in its throat as I looked around at the impatiently bouncing legs and necking couples. I’d never seen a crowd so eager to see a band before; I knew that La Dispute had a passionate following, but this surprised me nonetheless. As Jordan Dreyer walked on stage, the loudest scream rose from every corner of the venue; fists shot in the air and young girls (okay, everyone) began to jump up and down and squeal. The haunting and minimalist chords that differentiate La Dispute from any other band filled the tension and excitement with more and more potential energy until Dreyer broke into song/moaning speech and all hell broke loose. In a good way. I began the fight for my life in what became one of the most intense mosh pits I had ever been in. Somehow, every person in that venue seemed to know every word to every song and could scream it from the top of their lungs while shoving and running and falling and laughing. I swear that I could feel the stress and problems everyone carried with them just lift into the air and dissolve as Dreyer took us all on a journey of the most interesting and deeply meaningful music known to man.
Dreyer wasn’t the only one involved…that’s what makes La Dispute’s performance so amazing. Every. Single. Band member. Involves themselves and pours passion through their instruments. Lightly strummed minor chords topped with a deliberate bass line and perfectly timed snare hits mixed itself flawlessly with Dreyer’s vocals and the venue came to life. “Said the King to the River.” “Andria.” “New Storms for Old Lovers.” Every person in that venue, on the stage or behind the merch table or standing in the floor space or drinking at the bar lost themselves in the raw emotion that bled into the very syllables of “if I can’t love you as a lover, I will love you as a friend” and “come on lady, pack your things, this place is not your home.”
The concert completely brought the house down and if The Glass House was actually made of glass, the walls would have shattered from the uncontainable energy. I was, to say the least, awestruck. I will see La Dispute EVERY TIME I get the chance. I suggest you do too.
Zoe Adler is a music journalist from Long Beach, California. Besides her website, which is her pride and joy, she works with the GRAMMY Foundation and the Long Beach Independent. Additionally, Ms. Adler is a musician, spending half of her time playing the flute, piccolo, trombone, and marching baritone. She has been with TeenView Music since the very start and hopes to make something of it in the future.