La Dispute is a post-hardcore spoken word band hailing from Grand Rapids, Michigan. They are best known for their heart-wrenching lyrics, whispered or yelled over strong hardcore-inspired instrumentals. Over the last 11 years they’ve been releasing music that tells the stories of everything from their struggles with mental illness to drive-by shootings, to heartbreak, to a tornado tearing apart a small midwestern town.
The Australian indie rock trio Last Dinosaurs, who go by Los Dinos for short, brought their sentimental yet sprightly energy to The Sinclair on Tuesday, November 19, nearing the end of their USA / Canada fall tour. In front of the stage was a flat audience pit with balconies on the side. The headliner was preceded by sets from Ginger Root and Born Ruffians, who joined them on portions of the tour.
While sitting backstage with the man whose music has served as the background track for my young adult life, I figured it was only fitting to hear these distant melodies as I began exploring the mind of someone who for years now has offered me such hypnotic and immersive sonic experiences.