Heavy Metal Reviews

La Dispute
Location: Stollwerk, Cologne

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La Dispute

with Title Fight and Make Do And Me

Heavy Metal Reviews

(4th October 2012) It‘s crazy that a band like LA DISPUTE became that big over the last months. Their blend of post-hardcore, hardcore, rock and indie isn‘t that catchy that people would dig them from the start. But with their most recent work Wildlife they caught the attention of a wide spread audience, from hardcore kids to indie rockers. So it isn‘t that strange that the venue is packed with a shitload of people.
First band is supposed to be INTO IT. OVER IT., a project which switches between pop punk and singer/songwriter tunes. The whole show should start at 9 o‘clock, but as I enter the venue a few minutes after 9 o‘clock, thanks to the parking lot situation in Cologne‘s small streets and that the venue‘s parking lot is closed, INTO IT. OVER IT. are already finisdhed.
So the first band I see this evening is MAKE DO AND MEND. I have seen them before as they were supporting EVERY TIME I DIE on their club tour this May. I must confess that I‘m not that into their blend of punk rock, indie and 90‘s emo. It always reminded me of a lame version of THE GASLIGHT ANTHEM, but this time I really start to enjoy the band‘s tunes. The four-piece seems to have only a few fans tonight. The venue is almost sold out and most people are inside the Stollwerk‘s concert hall, but there are only four or five people right in front of the stage who seem to be familiar with the songs. The band delivers a good show, though. Especialy one of their last songs, St. Anne, is real good track which seems to attract more than just the few who are familiar with MAKE DO AND MEND, yet. After half an hour they leave the stage and make room for what‘s up next.
TITLE FIGHT did a great show last December in Cologne. Now, that their second fulllength, Floral Green, is released they should become bigger than before. But I‘m kind of  disappointed that this show isn‘t as furious and wild as the group‘s headlining show last winter. Of course, there are kids stagediving, but it‘s not that much as last time. Nevermind, TITLE FIGHT are delivering a great show and seem to win the crowd over one by one. With songs of their debut Shed and their ep-compilation The Last Thing You Forgot as well as new tunes taken from their new studio effort Floral Green the band can‘t do anything wrong. The blend of 90‘s emo, hardcore, grunge and punk rock should be one of the next big things punk rock has to offer. And next time TITLE FIGHT will be playing such big venues, I‘m sure.
But today everyone‘s up for LA DISPUTE. With Jordan Dreyer on the vocals the band has got the most annoying voice ever to sing their songs. Whimpy vocals that sound like a boy who didn‘t got his way. I expect a 45 minute set but in the end it will be much more and I‘m happy when these 75 minutes find an end. I am the only one who thinks so, I suggest, because immediatly the crowd starts to mosh during the first notes of The Most Beautiful Bitter Fruit. The sad thing about this band is, that either if they‘d get a new singer they could be much better or if they‘d stayed true to their hardcore roots and Dreyer would be screaming more there‘s a small chance that I‘d like them. That‘s why I prefer their old songs way more than the new ones. But still I‘m happy that the show ended - on a high note, to be honst- after King Park.

Text © by Sebastian Berning