Looking forward to seeing what is up next for this guys
Wildlife is a brilliant concept album told through the writings of an unnamed author about his anger from personal loss, disdain for his hometown and life in general. What the band has produced is a gritty and intense story that strikes a massive emotional chord with the listener, you can’t help but be pulled in and feel something. ‘a Departure’ opens and really sets the tone, with its eerie guitar plucking and metal percussion sound before the song starts properly and Jordan begins with the haunting lyrics of our tormented narrator. ‘King Park’ is a seven-minute ballad with a pop punk feel, but listen to the vocals and it quickly dawns on you this is a sad song of a gang related drive by shooting where an innocent child was mistakenly killed, it begins from the point of view of a bystander before switching to the shooter who is plagued by guilt and finally commits suicide during the climax of the song when it takes a more metalcore sound. My last standout track ‘I See Everything’ is by far the darkest track, following the parents of a 7-year-old child fighting and sadly losing his battle to cancer, it’s a beautiful mix of metalcore and soft rock with both vocal styles, a true masterpiece.
While La Dispute had been around for 7 years when Wildlife was released, it was only their second studio album but it’s clear by that time they have grown massively as artists and it truly shows here. This was a massive undertaking for a group with little recording time under their belts but pulled it off magnificently. Unsurprisingly the follow-up offerings of 1 full length and 11 EP’s proved they were going from strength to strength and La Dispute have never slowed down, it’s just a shame they’ve never had any mainstream success so far, but I feel it’s still early days for the lads and we never know what’s around the corner.
Written by Dan Harlond