Five years have come and gone since the latest release from jam-band funk-reggae sensations Dispatch. With plenty of success and longevity already under their belt, the Middlebury, VT based trio have high expectations to meet on their latest effort America, Location 12 to be released June 2 via Bomber Records LLC featuring 11 new tracks.
Following periods of hiatus, Dispatch released Circles Around the Sun in 2012 -– their first album in over a decade at the time. The album charted at No. 24 on the US Billboard 200 Charts upon its release and featured more of an acoustic, folk-driven feel and less reggae accents but still held up the classic Dispatch sound. The historically independent tripod comprised of Chadwick Stokes Urmston, Pete Francis and Brad Corrigan released their first single from the forthcoming album on February 10 entitled “Only the Wild Ones” -– an acoustically progressive track with a moving and contagious chorus.
Recently, the group also offered up several more additional tracks that have been made available via online streaming services and iTunes pre-order to support the release of the new album including “Curse + Crush,” “Begin Again” and the rock-driven “Skin the Rabbit” –- an exquisite addition to the Dispatch catalog and perhaps one of their best tracks ever written. The rugged, guitar-driven intro immediately hooks and transitions to the well-built chorus daring the listener not to hit the repeat button upon its conclusion.
Guitarist and vocalist Chadwick Stokes recently provided some additional insight behind the album in its entirety, after having recorded a vast majority of the tracks at Panoramic House, a studio located on the coast in Stinson Beach, CA:
“When the fog permitted, we could watch the sun set into the sea – for two East Coast kids and a mountain boy, this is a spiritual thing… we were able to sonically stretch out in a way we never had before. We saw an opportunity to sing songs about issues that were of a real concern to us socially. Everything feels like it’s coming to a head. If we can be a band in today’s climate that brings these issues up in a non-traditional way, then that’s really fulfilling for us.”
Pre-order your copy of America, Location 12 on iTunes today by clicking HERE!
Dispatch – America, Location 12 Track list:
1.) Be Gone
2.) Only the Wild Ones
3.) Curse + Crush
4.) Painted Yellow Lines
5.) Skin the Rabbit
6.) Midnight Lorry
7.) Begin Again
8.) Rice Water
10.) Ghost Town
11.) Atticus Cobain
America, Location 12 Summer Tour:
Dispatch are no strangers to playing in front of large crowds. Their farewell show during their at-the-time-hiatus in 2004 drew 110,000 fans in Boston and was labeled as the largest independent music event in history by Rolling Stone – throughout the years, the band has continued to tour sporadically and also sold out shows at Madison Square Garden in 2015. To keep efforts steady in support of the new album and to the delight of their fans across the world, Dispatch will be hitting the road throughout the summer across 16 states within June and July with support from Guster – also featured on select dates will be Jake Shimabukuro, Esme Patterson and Marco Benevento. The band will then take a quick breather and hit the road again in September with Current Swell for a run of European tour dates.
Check out a full list of tour dates below for Dispatch and snag some tickets if you can — the show promises to be jamtastic and a highlight of your Summer!
Article By: Brian Glaser
Listen: Dispatch – “Only the Wild Ones”
Listen: Dispatch – “Skin the Rabbit”
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