First of all, thanks for the massive amount of support in 2014. It’s been said again and again – but we really can’t thank you enough. So one more time: thank you.
You may have already heard that we’re hitting the road this spring with Title Fight and The Hotelier. Gotta say, we’re really excited about this one. Title Fight have been our buddies for years – and we’ve been trying to plan another tour together for quite some time.
Dates and ticket links are below, looking forward to seeing all of you again.
3.21 Houston, TX – Fitzgerald’s // TICKETS
3.23 Atlanta, GA – The Masquerade // TICKETS
3.24 Carrboro, NC – Cat’s Cradle // TICKETS
3.25 Washington DC – Howard Theater // TICKETS
3.26 Philadelphia, PA – Union Transfer // TICKETS
3.27 New York, NY – Webster Hall // TICKETS
3.29 Boston, MA – Paradise Rock Club // TICKETS
3.31 Pittsburgh, PA – Altar Bar // TICKETS
4.01 Toronto, ONT – Phoenix Theater // TICKETS
4.03 Pontiac, MI – The Crofoot // TICKETS
4.05 Chicago, IL – The Metro // TICKETS
For those of you not present at either our Grand Rapids or our Cleveland show this past Sunday and Monday respectively (excepting of course close friends not in attendance who were privy to this information prior to the commencement of tour), Kevin has, after roughly ten years of standing to my left and playing guitar in La Dispute, decided to move on to pursue other endeavors. Unsurprisingly, he’s stepping only sideways in his passion, opting instead to pursue the building of beautiful guitars rather than to play guitar beautifully as a profession, enrolling in a luthiery school here in our home state of Michigan starting this summer.
As those of you forced to suffer through my sentimental speeches during his final two shows have already heard me say, it’s as difficult for us to see him step down as it must’ve been for him to commit to doing so, and our sadness in him leaving is surpassed only by our excitement for him in the future he has chosen. He is nothing short of truly remarkable human, and he has been a vitally important member of whatever this thing is since it’s earliest infancy and the remaining four members of it plus extended family are forever in debt for his contributions both as a musician and, more importantly always, as a dear friend. There’s already a Kevbo shaped hole in me and in all of us, and we’ll feel it forever, I know. There’s really nobody like him.
And of course, I speak only of that absence in the context of the van and on stage–we’ll all remain family till death. Anybody who was in attendance for the farewell hometown show and his final show knows that without a shred of uncertainty (the chants were unreal, thank you). In all honesty, we wouldn’t be posting this were it not to combat the internet’s nasty habit of misinformation. This was a decision made between Kevin and us, five friends who’ve done more together than we ever could’ve imagined all those years back in the warehouse of a hardware store in Grand Rapids, MI. So, best to Kevin in this public forum, thanks for everything. Be seeing you soon, bud.
-ld (Brad, Chad, Jordan, Vass, and Kevin Scott “Kevbo” Whittemore)
(In the meantime, our old friend Corey worked his ass off learning songs with Kev and will be joining us in Europe, Singapore, Australia, and New Zealand. Make him feel at home. He’s one of the best. Oh – And thanks for the fantastic photo Andy, you’re a good man.)
We had one between writing and recording, several months of separation spent ruminating on what transpired up North, editing and amending, editing and amending, and then another after that, or more than one, really, post-October, post-recording, working on mixes and tying up loose ends, back and forth from Michigan to Pennsylvania, up late nights and early mornings for video calls to the opposite side of the world almost every single day.
But proactive pauses, mostly, ever tinkering towards contentment, always adjusting, staying busy. When by January we’d reached our goal the waiting periods became, not less busy or not less productive, but different. The work we had shifted. Notes and scratches and cymbal crashes became deadlines and interviews and the other business considerations that follow writing and recording and rarely go noticed. None of it bad, of course, only different, at times more strenuous and at others much less, but important the whole way. The great reveal, or the slow rolling out more accurately, the behind the scenes things.
And that’s the longest waiting period. Sitting on something. The record done, the constant tease of talking about it, the putting of plans in motion with the people who work so hard to see it realized even when they don’t have an immediate involvement in making it, just a selfless sometimes inexplicable dedication to seeing it come to fruition (so many people put their hearts into this record and they will never get the credit, all of the available thanks to those people times five thousand from the bottoms of each of our hearts).
But that period is done today, which is the long, rambling point of all of this. And now the waiting periods are shorter, just day long blocks from end of one set to the beginning of the next. The record is out, officially, though some of you already have it (another thanks to all of those who do), and it’s not just ours anymore. It’s yours, or it’s your neighbors, or it’s your cousins, or it’s whomevers. It doesn’t matter, really, but it’s out there. It’s here and there, and I hope you find it, even if only for the briefest moment.
Thanks to everyone for making it happen, and to all of you for listening.
Means the world and more.
There are 2 ways to listen -
1) on Soundcloud via Noisey
2) or listen and read along to these lyric videos our own Adam Vass made.