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La Dispute
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La Dispute playing in the United States of America in 2012. (from left to right) Adam Vass, Brad Vander Lugt, Jordan Dreyer, Kevin Whittemore.
Background information
OriginGrand Rapids, Michigan, USA
GenresPost-hardcore, experimental rock, blues, screamo
Years active2004-present
LabelsNo Sleep Records, Forest Life[1]
MembersJordan Dreyer
Brad Vander Lugt
Chad Sterenberg
Kevin Whittemore
Adam Vass
Past membersAdam Kool
Derek Sterenberg

La Dispute is an American post-hardcore band, formed in 2004 in Grand Rapids, Michigan. They have released two albums and seven EPs. The band consists of Jordan Dreyer (vocals), Brad Vander Lugt (drums), Chad Sterenberg and Kevin Whittemore (guitars) and Adam Vass (bass). La Dispute released two full-leght albums, three singles, one musical video, five EPs and two slipts.


The genre of the band is post-hardcore and experimental rock,[2] with blues and spoken word.[3] They also play music which sound like screamo, progressive rock, post-rock, melodic hardcore,[4][5] metalcore,[6] emo,[7] hardcore punk.[7] and "screamo-revival".[8] The band influences are Thursday, Refused, At the Drive-In and Glassjaw.[9] Brad Vander Lugt cites blues and jazz influences too.[10]


Current members
  • Jordan Dreyer - lead vocals (since 2004)
  • Chad Sterenberg - rhythm guitar, synthesizers, trumpet, glockenspiel, percussion, backing vocals (since 2006)
  • Kevin Whittemore - lead guitar, backing vocals (since 2004)
  • Adam Vass - bass, baritone guitar, additional guitars, backing vocals (since 2006)
  • Brad Vanger Lugt - drums, piano, keyboards, percussion backing vocals (since 2004)
Former members
  • Derek Sterenberg - rhythm guitar (2004–2006)
  • Adam Kool - bass (2004–2006)


  • Somewhere At the Bottom of the River Between Vega and Altair (No Sleep Records, 2008)
  • Wildlife (No Sleep Records, 2011) US #161 / US Heat #6 / US Indie #27
Extended Playss
  • Vancouver (Friction Records, 2006)
  • Untitled 7" (Forest Life Records, 2008)
  • Here, Hear. (Forest Life Records, 2008)
  • Here, Hear II.(No Sleep Records, 2008)
  • Here, Hear III. (Self-released, 2009)
  • Searching For A Pulse/The Worth Of The World (with Touché Amoré) (No Sleep Records, 2010)
  • Never Come Undone (with Koji) (No Sleep Records, 2011)
  • Such Small Hands (2009) - Somewhere At the Bottom of the River Between Vega and Altair
  • The Most Beautiful Bitter Fruit (2011)[11] - Wildlife
  • Harder Harmonies (2011)[12] - Wildlife


  1. "Friction - La Dispute". Retrieved 2010-04-05. 
  2. "La Dispute reviews, music, news". Sputnikmusic. Retrieved June 17, 2011. 
  3. Craig DeMello (October 4, 2011). "Experimental band "La Dispute" releases new CD "Wildfire"". The Towers. Retrieved November 14, 2011. 
  4. Jen Rochester (October 1, 2011). "La Dispute – Wildlife The New Review". The New Review. Retrieved October 7, 2011. 
  5. David Weiss (October 11, 2011). "No Artificial Reverb Allowed! The Tracking and Mixing Challenge of La Dispute’s “Wildlife”". SonicScoop. Retrieved October 31, 2011. 
  6. "La Dispute « Reviews «". 2009-02-25. Retrieved May 14, 2011. 
  7. 7.0 7.1 Alex Reeves (September 26, 2011). "La Dispute - Wildlife". Retrieved October 7, 2011. 
  8. Scott Heisel (October 04, 2011). "Alternative Press Reviews La Dispute - Wildlife". Alternative Press. Retrieved October 4, 2011. 
  9. La Dispute Interview (Brad (Interviewer), Jordan Dreyer, Adam Vass) [Podcast]. Retrieved on May 19, 2011. “Brad with chats with Jordan and Vass from La Dispute about the band's history, their emergence onto the post-hardcore scene, and the new album.”
  10. "Talking Shop with La Dispute". Reviewsic. January 13, 2010. Retrieved January 2012. 
  11. "La Dispute x Siq Shit". September 9, 2011. Retrieved September 10, 2011. 
  12. Lars Gotrich (August 23, 2011). "La Dispute: Half-Spoken Explosions". NPR Music. Retrieved December 28, 2011. 

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